Bingo Love

Bingo Love

Bingo Love is a story of a same-sex romance that spans over 60 years. A chance meeting at church bingo in 1963 brings Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray together. Through their formative years, these two women develop feelings for each other and finally profess their love for one another.Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had f...

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Title:Bingo Love
Author:Tee Franklin
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Edition Language:English

Bingo Love Reviews

  • Carol Tilley

    Is it perfect? Nope. It's got a big heart though and that's all that matters.

  • Laura (bbliophile)

    This was so good and cute but also so heart-wrenching. I definitely didn't expect to cry this much while reading it.

  • Devann

    This was equal parts adorable and heartbreaking [and then adorable again ...and then heartbreaking again ...it was a roller coaster of emotions for sure] and I was absolutely bawling by the end [mostly happy tears but maybe a few sad ones as well] and I literally cannot even think of a time another book made me cry AT ALL so that's quite an achievement really. As other people have said, it's not necessarily perfect but it is incredibly emotional

    This was equal parts adorable and heartbreaking [and then adorable again ...and then heartbreaking again ...it was a roller coaster of emotions for sure] and I was absolutely bawling by the end [mostly happy tears but maybe a few sad ones as well] and I literally cannot even think of a time another book made me cry AT ALL so that's quite an achievement really. As other people have said, it's not necessarily perfect but it is incredibly emotional and I'm so glad this story exists in the world now. Absolutely love these lesbian grannies! ♥

  • Natasha

     f/f romance, black mc, bisexual/pansexual mc

     homophobia

    Bingo Love is a book that manages to pack a punch in a short space of time. It uses the comic medium to its advantage and is able to amazingly show the connection between two young women living in the 1960s, and the struggles that come with being in a romantic relationship at the time. It's able to make you root for their relationship as you read it knowing they're going to

     f/f romance, black mc, bisexual/pansexual mc

     homophobia

    Bingo Love is a book that manages to pack a punch in a short space of time. It uses the comic medium to its advantage and is able to amazingly show the connection between two young women living in the 1960s, and the struggles that come with being in a romantic relationship at the time. It's able to make you root for their relationship as you read it knowing they're going to have struggles. That makes you root for them more because you can see they're going to be pulled apart.

    The comic follows the main character Hazel into her old age, where she's married but unhappy, still missing Maria. You're left wishing they could be together after being torn apart from prejudices they're forced to live with, into happiness as they're able to be together when times change. Even if they do things that aren't completely moral, you understand their motivations and we're they're coming from due to being in love for decades. The comic overall portrays a beautiful romance you're left to root for and are happy every moment these two are together. 

  • Adiba Jaigirdar

    This was so freaking adorable! Plus, the art was absolutely beautiful and so colourful. I loved the two main characters - especially Hazel.

    The writing was kind of awkward at times. Thee dialogue wasn't always super realistic and I wish some of the characters were developed a little better. But honestly the book was so cute I will overlook all of that.

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    This is a bittersweet love story featuring a lifelong relationship between two women of colour. The diverse elements were woven seamlessly into the strong, well developed narrative. This was a very emotional story that addressed themes of friendship, family and romantic love through an inclusive lens. The full colour artwork was absolutely gorgeous with representation of full-figured, real women. I definitely recommend this wonderfully diverse graphic novel.

  • ambyr

    The art is the best thing about this book--fluid, colorful, bold, expressive. The writing, I thought, could have used some more work; the dialogue is painfully stilted in places, and the strong opening frame story never closes, leaving the reader awkwardly hanging. But I'm glad the story exists in the world.

  • Erica

    Well.

    That's a depressing beginning.

    2038 and parents are still kicking kids out of their homes because of whom the kids love.

    Is there no hope?

    I think that's one of the reasons for this book - there

    hope!

    If that's what you're looking for, you may find it in this book.

    As you can see by the cover, this is full of delightful pictures.

    You can also tell that it touches on several topics: Women of color in love with each other from childhood on into their retirement years.

    This is a necessary story.

    Well.

    That's a depressing beginning.

    2038 and parents are still kicking kids out of their homes because of whom the kids love.

    Is there no hope?

    I think that's one of the reasons for this book - there

    hope!

    If that's what you're looking for, you may find it in this book.

    As you can see by the cover, this is full of delightful pictures.

    You can also tell that it touches on several topics: Women of color in love with each other from childhood on into their retirement years.

    This is a necessary story.

    And it's obviously a wanted story - it was backed in 5 days on Kickstarter and got nearly 3 times the goal amount.

    I am not the intended audience and, as such, my review is based on my readerly reactions, not any emotional attachment to the contents.

    The writing is not strong. We follow Hazel Johnson's journey from a love-struck 13-year-old to a grown woman who puts herself aside for her husband and family to her reconnection with the love of her life in her later years. Without the illustrations, though, we would have no idea what Hazel is feeling, despite her mechanical explanations of emotions. It’s clunky with herky dialogue and jerky pacing. It’s almost clinical in the way it does not allow for character-building. It relies too heavily on clichés - the oppressive 1960's grandmothers, tense mother/daughter relationships, the role of grandchildren in the lives of people who were repressed by their elders.

    Still, I recommend this.

    It highlights women of color, same-sex relationships and some of the struggles surrounding people in said relationships, romantic relationships for people in their later years, and, somewhat surprisingly, end of life care. There's even some pictorial commentary on breastfeeding.

    The story has a solid premise and the illustrations are worth the price of entry.

    NOTE:

    Toward the end, there's an editor's note in one of the panels that says

    When I went looking for it, I found a March 16, 2018 update on the Kickstarter page that says

  • Sara

    I'm really torn with this one. I'm giving it 2.5 stars. The artwork is absolutely terrific and its wonderful to see such a heartfelt romance with queer characters but the story and supporting characters just don't work for me.

    The concept is lovely. We meet Elle, an elderly woman living in the year 2038 who is comforting an unidentified young woman who's parents have just kicked her out of the house for being gay. To comfort this person Elle tells her own story of meeting the love of her life whe

    I'm really torn with this one. I'm giving it 2.5 stars. The artwork is absolutely terrific and its wonderful to see such a heartfelt romance with queer characters but the story and supporting characters just don't work for me.

    The concept is lovely. We meet Elle, an elderly woman living in the year 2038 who is comforting an unidentified young woman who's parents have just kicked her out of the house for being gay. To comfort this person Elle tells her own story of meeting the love of her life when she was a girl in 1963. She and her "honey glazed goddess" Mari are best friends for years before confessing their love to one another but when their parents discover their relationship they're forcibly separated and basically forced into arranged marriages unless they want to be disowned.

    This is where things fall apart narratively for me. I'm totally on board with their situation and the way its portrayed. Watching their friendship grow into the bliss of first love is very sweet. Its heartbreaking and infuriating to see these two lovely women who's only crime is being in love treated so horribly by their families. But everything happens very, very, very fast and the story starts to get sloppy.

    Elle marries a man (who she tells us she loves) and has three kids. She decides (without talking to her husband) that he only wants to be intimate with her to have kids so they only have sex three times in their whole marriage. This is his fault. So she lives this lie for decades before abruptly running into Mari at the same bingo game they met at years before. Then in front of her children she abruptly starts making out with Mari. When her daughter (completely justifiably) freaks the hell out Elle pulls the old "you watch who you're talking to young lady" trope out and suddenly this very nice, sympathetic character becomes very unlikable.

    Just from a storytelling perspective I have issues with this. Both Elle and Mari very quickly become totally selfish people under the guise of abandoning all their responsibilities with no apparent remorse in the name of love. All it would have taken was some sense that they have some responsibility in where they've ended up. They married people with feelings and needs of their own who might have rather been married to someone who could actually love them completely rather than lying to them for a lifetime. It makes them richer, more believable and ultimately more sympathetic characters to have them confront that part of their story. Their spouses and children are just kind of universally labeled as "haters" for not immediately jumping for joy when their lives are all completely upended. Neither Mari or Elle are ever responsible for anything. It feels very false.

    It all just ends up being kind of trite and like a soap opera. There's also some very, very random science fiction elements kind of shoehorned in that make literally no sense whatsoever.

    I really, really wanted to like this more than I did and I greatly admire the artists for working to get a story like this out there. I just wish it wasn't ultimately so disjointed and well silly.

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