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.

  • Anna Chapman

    I’ve read numerous Jeff Buckley biographies, and have listened to his music since the 90’s. His death, when he was on the cusp of another kind of genius, that even Grace couldn’t give us, never fails to rip my heart out.

    I’ve loved so many time and I’ve drowned them all.

  • Deanna

    Grace is a graphic novel depicting the life of singer Jeff Buckley. I enjoyed the art style of this piece. This book inspired me to listen to some of Jeff's music. This is a good read for any fans of music.Thanks First Second Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this title for review.

  • 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.

  • Calista

    This is the biography in graphic novel form of Jeff Buckley. I didn't really know much of his music. He had one acclaimed album, but I know his song, "Hallelujah". It is such a powerful song that goes right to your soul and sticks there. It has been two decades and I still love hearing that song.

    He seemed to be a real talent. From this story, he was struggling as to what and how he was going to evolve on his second album. He was going to a harder sound from what they relay here. He was very int

    This is the biography in graphic novel form of Jeff Buckley. I didn't really know much of his music. He had one acclaimed album, but I know his song, "Hallelujah". It is such a powerful song that goes right to your soul and sticks there. It has been two decades and I still love hearing that song.

    He seemed to be a real talent. From this story, he was struggling as to what and how he was going to evolve on his second album. He was going to a harder sound from what they relay here. He was very interesting and obviously very talented. It is very sad that his time was cut short and he didn't get to evolve as an artist and to see what he could do.

    His dad was also a singer, but Jeff didn't even know him and hated being compared to him. He seemed uncomfortable with fame. I thought the night he died swimming in the Mississippi river was a one time thing, but according to this story, he swam in that river often. I think he was swimming between the shore and mud island, but still... I have always been told as we would cross that river that is was a very dangerous and violent river and you could never swim in it. People drown in it all the time. I can't believe Jeff would swim in it.

    He would get hot and go for a swim in the Mississippi without thinking. He must not have heard how dangerous the river was. He went swimming one time too many. He seemed very happy and upbeat the last night, according to the story. He was about to go into the studio. It really is sad what happened.

    Some people have a way of illuminating the soul for all the rest of us and blowing on it to glow bright in the face of our day to day life. I think Jeff, when he chose, had this special gift. Thankfully, he left us one glorious album to remember him by.

    This was very well done and I highly recommend it.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my open and honest review

    I am a fan of Jeff Buckley. I think anyone who has heard his haunting version of Leanord Cohen's 'Hallelujah' would be affected by it and be a fan. But Jeff Buckley was generally an enigma whose life was cut short. Even after reading this, he is still sort of an enigma. I learned a few new things: for instance, I had no idea who his dad was, or that he was actually a folk singer. I l

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my open and honest review

    I am a fan of Jeff Buckley. I think anyone who has heard his haunting version of Leanord Cohen's 'Hallelujah' would be affected by it and be a fan. But Jeff Buckley was generally an enigma whose life was cut short. Even after reading this, he is still sort of an enigma. I learned a few new things: for instance, I had no idea who his dad was, or that he was actually a folk singer. I learned that he was uncomfortable with fame and how it was thrust upon him, first in comparison to his father and then further through his own well earned fame. Then poof, his life, his light was out like a light. Jeff Buckley still remains an enigma. Maybe that is how the author intended it. To show that to all, he was and always will be this great shining star that brought light into the sky for a brilliant moment then puffed out. It is really sad the way his life ended.

    Still, it felt very unsatisfying to me.

    Aside from the story the graphics are extremely well done. Kudos to Dizin and Reist. They used a light touch but conveyed a lot of information.

  • 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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