I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rendez-Vous in Phoenix by Tony Sandoval
Published by Magnetic Press on November 8th 2016
Tony Sandoval was born and raised in northwestern Mexico, where the temptation to cross the border in the US becomes a matter of the heart. Drawn by Love, his urge to visit his American girlfriend can t wait for the lengthy, frustrating visa process standing in the way of their relationship.
So he makes the ultimate romantic gesture: smuggling himself across the border, despite the dangers he ll face from the heat, coyotes, barbed wire, and most daunting the US border patrol An autobiographical account by the three-time Eisner-nominated writer/artist, an honest, true story about the hot-topic immigration issue in the news today."
When I saw Rendez-vous In Phoenix on Netgalley’s Read Now, I knew I needed to read it then and now.
Rendez-vous In Phoenix is an autobiographical graphic novel by Tony Sandoval’s attempts to come to the US from Mexico. It is a short graphic novel but it gives you a glimpse about immigration and it is powerful. The novel takes place in the 1990s but I feel like it is still true today.
The story is about a Mexican artist who wants to come to the US to be with his girlfriend and to make his dream of working for two big companies drawing cartoons. Some will tell you that crossing the border illegally is dumb and others will call it romantic. I honestly cared more about his dream of becoming a comic artist for two big companies.
I loved the honesty of the story. The idea that getting your papers in order to come to the US is not as easy as it sounds and it is a struggle for many who wish to come to the US for a better life. I felt like it portrayed the honest truth about why some chose to come into the US illegally. I also liked the fact that it included the statistics of what happens to those who don’t make it over the border especially the women and children. It was harsh but it is a reality.
Overall, this was a short graphic novel with a powerful message that I feel will play a major role in the election tomorrow. You should definitely pick this up.