Spot 12: The Story of a Birth by Jenny Jaeckel is a graphic novel that chronicles one mother's scary experience in the NICU after it is determined that there was potentially something wrong with her baby.
Although I've been meaning to try reading a graphic novel, I have never actually done it. So, Spot 12 was a reading experience that was out of my comfort zone, but one I enjoyed.
I admit to not spending a great deal of time looking at the illustrations, but I really enjoyed the story.
My oldest child spent over one hundred days in the hospital in 2005 after she was diagnosed with stage IV hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) and endured eight rounds of chemo and an eleven hour resection surgery among many other procedures. Reading Jaeckel's account brought back some not so pleasant memories, but also allowed me to relate to this mother and her time in the hospital in a way many other readers probably (and hopefully) cannot.
I would encourage readers who haven't tried a graphic novel before to give this one a chance. I feel like the story is interesting enough that even if you don't normally read graphic novels, this is one many readers will enjoy.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.