Pawn Shop by Joey Esposito

Goodreads Synopsis

Pawn Shop is an original graphic novel about the intertwining lives of four strangers in the ecosystem of New York City, connected by the streets they walk on and the people they touch. Following a lonely widower, a struggling Long Island Railroad employee, a timid hospice nurse, and a drug-addled punk, Pawn Shop explores the big things that separate us and the little moments that inexplicably unite us.

Written by Joey Esposito (Footprints) and drawn by Sean Von Gorman (Toe Tag Riot), Pawn Shop is a slice-of-life tale that weaves together separate lives to celebrate the ever-changing nature of New York City and the people that make it the greatest city in the world.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pawn Shop is a graphic novel that connects four people that don’t know each other but somehow brings them closer to what they’ve been looking for.

Harold’s story was at first sad but I was satisfied with the ending. It made me realise that no matter how long you waited for someone, the fact is the time spent when you were with them. Also, you might find what you’ve been looking for around the corner.

Arthur’s story was a bit confusing but I think it was about taking a chance and breaking away from the routine to go after what you want.

With Jen, it doesn’t matter how you look or the things you’ve done. It’s still possible to change. If you want to leave those bad things behind, do it. No one’s stopping you. It’s your life, your choice.

Samantha gave up everything she wanted to take care of her brother and she felt guilty sending him away because she couldn’t take care of him anymore. But she was still rewarded in a way for all the sacrifices she made.

I liked the story line. I didn’t mind the graphics all that much because the story was great. The owner of the store kept saying things weren’t so great at the moment, but he didn’t know that his store was bringing happiness to people. Maybe he wasn’t doing so well, but in my opinion, without his store, those people wouldn’t have gotten an okay ending.

Read: 29 August 2015
Rating: 
✮✮✮1/2

Publication Date: 22 September 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Joey Esposito

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