Paul is a high school dropout working at a factory printing tickets and running errands. When he gets a call from a friend asking him to work at a summer camp for underprivileged kids, Paul agrees. He spends the next few weeks working hard- lifting, swimming, even learning rock climbing. When the first group of kids arrive, he worries he’s in over his head. After some harsh words from one of his fellow counselors, Paul learns to relax and get along with the kids. The summer goes quickly; all too soon it’s time to leave his new friends and new love. But it’s an experience that sticks with Paul for the rest of his life.
Paul Has a Summer Job is a graphic novel with a story to tell. When the book begins, you suspect Paul is a slacker, but he really blooms when his feet are to the fire at the camp. His character is authentic and the author artfully portrays this through his use of “thought bubbles” and facial expressions. This is a graphic novel for adults who are hesitant about graphic novels.