Seeking: Dad 2.0 by Gwendoline Raisson, illustrated by Magali Le Huche

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I found this book on Netgalley and was drawn by the cover.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the story is sweet, but this is definitely not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy feminist reads, this won’t interest you. The subject of this book is more about bringing social realities to the forefront, and less about developing a compelling story.

Dad 2.0 focuses on the journey of a single mother named Caroline who goes on a journey of self-discovery to accept that, though her life doesn’t exemplify the norm, she’s alright just being herself. I think that there were important issues addressed through different characters in this graphic novel: Monica symbolizes the epitome of motherly and womanly perfection; Philippe embodies the idolized “modern” man and Caroline represents the average woman. Caroline is insecure and trying to figure out how she fits into society.

The title that was picked for this graphic novel is puzzling because it definitely comes across as a modern feminist read.  But, for some odd reason, the title redirects attention to Philippe, the man who is “Dad 2.0,” a modern father who embraces the reversal of gender roles.

There’s a definite audience for this book, but it’s niche.