September 11, 2001: The Day the World Changed Forever by Baptiste Bouthier, Illustrated by Hélöise Chochois Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): What do younger generations know about the terrible tragedy that shook America and the world on September 11, 2001? In this gripping documentary work by journalist Baptiste Bouthier and illustrator Heloïse Chochois, we first learn about the historic day from several inside perspectives. In the second half, the authors take stock of 9/11 in the days, weeks, and years that followed, from traumatized America to George W. Bush’s crusade against the “axis of evil.” A not-be-missed piece of graphic non-fiction, published 20 years after the events in question.

Thank you to NetGalley for making this book available to give an honest reivew. I have given September 11, 2001: The Day the World Changed Forever by Baptiste Bouthier, Illustrated by Hélöise Chochois three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I cannot believe it’ll be 20 years since September 11, 2001 this year. I had to admit I found it difficult to rate this book and almost didn’t read it due to the tragic events that are covered within this graphic novel and was unsure whether the author would be able to tackle this event well, instead of it being insensitive. The author managed to narrate this story well and the information given was very important especially for those who are unaware or not thoroughly educated on what happened during the terrorist attacks mentioned in this book. I liked the illustrations in this graphic novel; they definitely played a big part visually when I found myself feeling upset when reading this book.

This book follows the events from September 11, 2001 through the eyes of a French high school student who remembers the day it happened. I thought this was an interesting way to portray their story and to take the reader along with them whilst she recalls how things unfolded around her in France. I was a little confused at times by the timeline of events, I ended up going back a few pages to find that the year of the timeline was in the top part of the graphic strip however, the font isn’t very big so it took me a while to realise this. I appreciated that they included a lot of people’s names who survived and died during September 11, 2001 as I thought it respected those people by remembering them.

This books was very hard hitting and although I was six years old when the terrible world changing terrorist attack happened on September 11, 2001, I do have vague memories of it happening however, over the years I have learnt more about this devastating time. I found it very emotional revisiting those emotions and feelings through this graphic novel as well as the other terrorist attacks mentioned in this book.

I think this graphic novel is a good way for all readers, for the pure reason of understanding the extent of what happened during these attacks and the impact it has led for our world to change as we know it today.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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