Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story

Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story

A moving graphic biography for music lovers, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story is painstakingly researched and created in collaboration with Jeff Buckley's estate.California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous ’60s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and...

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Title:Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story
Author:Tiffanie DeBartolo
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Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story Reviews

  • Shannon

    At the risk of sounding dramatic I had to wait a couple days to write a review- I guess to let everything kind of sink it, settle. I admit I am completely biased regarding Tiffanie Debartolo’s work. I am a huge fan and remember years ago when there was mention of this book. Not only am I over the moon that it’s actually happened- but that I got to read it this week. But despite liking her books (and movie) so much- I can say in all honestly this was a fantastic graphic novel. I love that it was

    At the risk of sounding dramatic I had to wait a couple days to write a review- I guess to let everything kind of sink it, settle. I admit I am completely biased regarding Tiffanie Debartolo’s work. I am a huge fan and remember years ago when there was mention of this book. Not only am I over the moon that it’s actually happened- but that I got to read it this week. But despite liking her books (and movie) so much- I can say in all honestly this was a fantastic graphic novel. I love that it was like reading a biography but in a much more fun, exciting way. I love the idea of the subplot describing another person’s relationship to Jeff Buckely’s music and how it came to fruition. It just was the perfect book. I feel like it truly showed Jeff Buckley’s evolution as an artist and the frustrations that come with being a rising star. I love that there was still plenty of humor, fact based tidbits, but most of all- so much heart. Not to sound sappy but I can’t but think this is a biography that Buckley would approve of.

  • Andrew

    When I saw there was a graphic novel about Jeff Buckley's career, I actually made some kind of scream. When side character Henry hears Buckley for the first time, he's transported to another world-- just like I was when I first heard him. Jeff and Rebecca's relationship and undoing is illustrated exactly as I can feel it in the famous "Lover, You Should've Come Over".

    is a brilliant depiction of his later years; I hope those who don't know Jeff Buckley will be intrigued by that gorgeous co

    When I saw there was a graphic novel about Jeff Buckley's career, I actually made some kind of scream. When side character Henry hears Buckley for the first time, he's transported to another world-- just like I was when I first heard him. Jeff and Rebecca's relationship and undoing is illustrated exactly as I can feel it in the famous "Lover, You Should've Come Over".

    is a brilliant depiction of his later years; I hope those who don't know Jeff Buckley will be intrigued by that gorgeous cover and learn all about this musical prodigy who left us far too soon.

  • Romantic Intentions Quarterly

    In telling the story of tragic musician Jeff Buckley in appropriately blue-tinged comic form, talented writer Tiffanie de Bartolo (much loved round these parts for her off-beat 90s romcom Dream for an Insomniac) glosses over some facts and handwaves others, but still gloriously evokes the spirit of her subject while also pondering the mercurial nature of musical genius. Buckley’s early relationship, given here as a casualty of his career, is well-drawn, as are the, well, drawings, with co-illust

    In telling the story of tragic musician Jeff Buckley in appropriately blue-tinged comic form, talented writer Tiffanie de Bartolo (much loved round these parts for her off-beat 90s romcom Dream for an Insomniac) glosses over some facts and handwaves others, but still gloriously evokes the spirit of her subject while also pondering the mercurial nature of musical genius. Buckley’s early relationship, given here as a casualty of his career, is well-drawn, as are the, well, drawings, with co-illustrators Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist collaborating, and contrasting, with verve and skill. The story, as you might expect, is quite a tearjerker, though it does somehow manage to build suspense even when you know what has to happen in the end. Recommend reading with Buckley’s too-limited catalog on shuffle – you, too, might have the eerie experience of having “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” play just as it is being written… – Rachel Hyland

    4 1/2 stars.

    This review will appear in Romantic Intentions Quarterly #5, out April 1, 2019.

  • Azzurra Nox

    I didn't know much about Jeff Buckley other than his tragic demise and the fact that he was an amazing musician, so this graphic novel was very much on point in delivering a compelling story. I really enjoyed getting to know more about this artist. And the artwork was beautiful.

  • Julie

    Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story by Tiffanie DeBartolo is a 2019 First Second publication.

    I have never read a standard biography about Jeff Buckley, and I can’t claim to be a rabid fan. But, of course, I am very familiar of his haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah”, and I knew he was the son of folk singer, Tim Buckley, and that Jeff died young in a freak accident. Beyond that, I couldn’t have told you much else.

    I do read my fair share of music memoirs and biographies, but thi

    Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story by Tiffanie DeBartolo is a 2019 First Second publication.

    I have never read a standard biography about Jeff Buckley, and I can’t claim to be a rabid fan. But, of course, I am very familiar of his haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah”, and I knew he was the son of folk singer, Tim Buckley, and that Jeff died young in a freak accident. Beyond that, I couldn’t have told you much else.

    I do read my fair share of music memoirs and biographies, but this is the first one I have read in a Graphic Novel format. The story pretty much sticks to the basics, so for diehard fans the book may not cover much new territory. However, even if the story is familiar to you, the outstanding illustrations truly bring out an amazing amount of depth and emotion you most likely would not experience in a standard text only biography.

    The writing is a bit simplistic, but I’m thinking this book might be a learning tool as well, perhaps to entice YA readers as well as older fans.

    Jeff’s life was cut short, and he was always a bit of an enigma, so this book certainly will give readers a little more insight into his life and the artist behind the music. I enjoyed the experience of reading this book, and learning more about Jeff, and of course it has inspired me to revisit Jeff’s music, hearing it from a new perspective now.

    I recommend this one for anyone who loves music, biographies or Graphic Novels.

  • Molly

    So, I didn't know anything at all about Jeff Buckley before I picked this up - and that meant that the ending was a real surprise to me. There's a bit where Buckley has something of an onstage meltdown because his fans are demanding that he play the hits, while he wants to play from the new material he's been working on, and it's portrayed with gentle sympathy and humanity. This is a lovely biography and tribute, and the photographs included at the end are a nice touch. I can't say how successfu

    So, I didn't know anything at all about Jeff Buckley before I picked this up - and that meant that the ending was a real surprise to me. There's a bit where Buckley has something of an onstage meltdown because his fans are demanding that he play the hits, while he wants to play from the new material he's been working on, and it's portrayed with gentle sympathy and humanity. This is a lovely biography and tribute, and the photographs included at the end are a nice touch. I can't say how successful it will be for superfans, but for me, it was a nice introduction.

  • Stephanie

    Tiffanie DeBartolo is one of my favorite authors of all time. While the format of this novel is a departure from her earlier works, her talent continues to shine through.

    Reading a graphic novel, was a truly unique way to consume a memoir. A long time Jeff Buckley fan, I have always wanted to know more about his life, and how he got started in the music world. While this novel did not entirely satisfy my curiosity, it was highly engaging. Most of the information felt familiar, but there were som

    Tiffanie DeBartolo is one of my favorite authors of all time. While the format of this novel is a departure from her earlier works, her talent continues to shine through.

    Reading a graphic novel, was a truly unique way to consume a memoir. A long time Jeff Buckley fan, I have always wanted to know more about his life, and how he got started in the music world. While this novel did not entirely satisfy my curiosity, it was highly engaging. Most of the information felt familiar, but there were some new and interesting facts sprinkled throughout. I also found that the vividly detailed graphics, added emotional depth and intrigue, to an otherwise simplified plot.

    Perfect for fans who want an emotional, yet uncomplicated, peek into the life and times of the extremely talented Mr. Buckley.

  • Stephanie Stinemetz

    The illustrations and coloring in this story absolutely blew me away! I loved the way Jeff's emotions were drawn with such detail.

  • Adam M

    I read this without having any idea who the intended audience was and that may have colored my reading. As an adult who has been a fan of Jeff Buckley's for years, this really missed the mark for me. I tried to remind myself that I might be biased due to my love for the subject and entered with too-high expectations. For a YA audience who isn't as familiar, this might have been a great read and the art was re

    I read this without having any idea who the intended audience was and that may have colored my reading. As an adult who has been a fan of Jeff Buckley's for years, this really missed the mark for me. I tried to remind myself that I might be biased due to my love for the subject and entered with too-high expectations. For a YA audience who isn't as familiar, this might have been a great read and the art was really outstanding. I enjoyed that it was only blues and whites, but really had an almost musical flow to it. That was the defining characteristic of the book for me.

    I think the important part of the cover is where it says: "Based on the Jeff Buckley Story" as this should have tipped me off. It reads a lot like a biography, but it feels somehow incomplete. At the very least there are sections that feel very superficial and we don't dive deeply into Jeff relationships with some of the people in his life. I don't know how many creative liberties were taken with his story, but again, as an adult I felt like there were parts just missing that would have filled out the story.

    This isn't a bad read, but for me it was unsatisfying. I would still recommend this to our YA readers and see if it sparks their interest in one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters.

  • Ankita Singh

    Starting off with the positives, the graphics were awesome! I loved all the artwork, especially the ones that overlapped each other.

    But the story itself did not interest me much. I guess I was expecting something more... polished? And it felt as if everything was rushed. Half of the time, it took me a minute to realise that the characters have changed, and so has the place.

    All in all, I loved the graphics, but I didn't care much for the story.

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