Calvin

Calvin

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Born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, seventeen-year-old Calvin, a schizophrenic, sees and has conversations with the tiger, Hobbes, and believes that if he can persuade the strip's creator, Bill Watterson, to do one more strip, he will make Calvin well.
Publisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374380731
0374380732
Branch Call Number: TEEN LEAVITT
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 22 cm

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writermala
Aug 03, 2017

Seventeen Year old Calvin is diagnosed with Schizophrenia when he starts hallucinating about a man-eating tiger. The hallucinations last and Calvin struggles to regain control of his own mind. He does so with one grand, incredibly risky adventure and the description of his battle with his mind and the forces of nature makes for very interesting reading. A tale told sensitively. Calvin agonizes that the loneliest feeling in the world is "the feeling you get when you see somehting no one else can see, or hear something no one else can hear,or believe something no one else can believe." He calls it his "alone" feeling and says he just cannot make anyone else understand.

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darladoodles
Apr 09, 2017

I loved the concept in so many ways. Have been a Calvin & Hobbes fan for many years and was also interested in finding out what it is like to have schizophrenia.

Calvin has a schizophrenic episode and ends up in the hospital. He decides to put into action a plan to walk across Lake Erie to meet Bill Watterson in Cleveland. He has contacted Bill in assorted ways asking for one last comic strip with Calvin his age and sane without Hobbes. That will be the cure -- Calvin is certain.

Then his childhood friend Susie decides to join him on his pilgrimage. Is Susie real or a figment of his imagination (like Hobbes)??? Finding out kept me reading until the last chapter. Everyone else can find out the same way I did.

Why four stars and not five?? I found the dialogue style of propelling the story along was a bit hard to follow at times. Well worth reading in spite of that, though. Recommended!

SCL_Heather Jan 11, 2017

Teenage Calvin was born on the same day that Bill Watterson’s final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip appeared. Is it any surprise that his favourite stuffed toy as a child was a tiger named Hobbes and that he has a troubled relationship with his childhood friend and neighbour named Susie?
Nearing the end of high school Calvin has a schizophrenic episode in which his imaginary tiger comes to life. Calvin sets out across frozen Lake Erie to track down Calvin and Hobbes creator Watterson determined that his illness will disappear if the artist draws one last strip about Calvin at 17, “healthy and well, with no Hobbes in it.” Susie accompanies Calvin on his journey but it’s unclear until the end of the book whether it’s the real Susie or just another figment of Calvin’s imagination.
Even if you’ve never been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, there is much to enjoy in this lovely young adult novel by Alberta writer Martine Leavitt. A tender look at self discovery and mental illness.

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SCL_AdultPicks
Dec 05, 2016

SCL Afternoon Book Club rates this 7 out of 10. A great book for inspiring discussion.

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GusAndAbe
Dec 05, 2016

Calvin gives you a lot to think about. It even had me going back and rereading Calvin and Hobbes.

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_hannah
Jul 22, 2016

Calvin was so good! It really connects with the reader, and makes you appreciate everything that the characters are feeling. I would 100% recommend.

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amydunbar
Jul 14, 2016

This book is a story about a teenage boy named Calvin, who is suddenly a victim of schizophrenia. When people suffer from schizophrenia they begin to imagine things that other people can't see. In Calvins case he imagines the comic book character Hobbes. Calvin begins to think that he must talk to the author of all the Calvin and Hobbes comics to make him normal again. With his friend Suzie he takes a great journey across lake Erie in search of Mr. Watterson.

Over all, I thought that this book wasn't very engaging, and didn't explain the effect schizophrenia has on real people.

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sophiahart3
Jul 11, 2016

Calvin is a book that really connects with the reader. Especially since it is written in the perspective of a letter to Mr. Watterson. The book is about Calvin and Susie (2 friends) who go on a adventure across Lake Erie. It taught me a lot and it truly is an amazing story.

JCLChrisK May 24, 2016

It's been a long time since a book has transported me so completely. Has taken me so deeply into myself that I become oblivious to the world around me and my head spins with disconnection when I try to regain awareness. Just me and the book, and nothing else. I started reading and was supposed to stop because life was still going on around me, but I didn't. I couldn't find my way back. So life moved on without me until I finished the book. Now I must figure out how to catch up, but that's okay. It was worth stopping at a special place for a while.

A fast read with adventure and relationships that is philosophical in all the best ways.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 30, 2016

Very different and interesting story . Quite enjoyable and really includes a lot to think about and ponder as you read this book . Author did a superb job of taking a serious topic as schizophrenia , expanding it and making the characters real and touching . Calvin and Susie are great friends since youngsters and undergo a serious and dangerous trek across Lake Erie . Bonus is all the interesting facts the reader gets about the illness , how the person having it perceives said illness .Also informs of all the trash that gets deposited in Lake Erie . A quick , most interesting story and would highly recommend it .

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SCL_AdultPicks
Dec 05, 2016

"Maybe the loneliest feeling in the world, Bill, is the feeling you get when you see something no one else can see, or hear something no one else can hear, or believe something no one else can believe. Maybe that's the worst thing about what I have, that alone feeling, knowing that I can't make anyone really understand about Hobbes." p114

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GusAndAbe
Dec 05, 2016

"Me: You know what makes me crazy, Susie? Being crazy, that's what. Try staying sane when everyone treats you like you're insane."

JCLChrisK May 24, 2016

Reality is just this game people play together, something their brain decides on, and the minute their brain gets iffy about reality, they realize everything they know about the world is just their own made-up version of it, and that would mean everyone is walking around in their own made-up world, all alone, and reality is just something we invent together to make us feel not so alone. It scares people when some of us check out of the game.

JCLChrisK May 24, 2016

I've figured out there's a difference between the meaning of the word 'real' and the meaning of the word 'true.'

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