El Deafo is a graphic novel memoir by Cece Bell.The book is about the author's early childhood all the way up to 5th Grade who is a girl who is growing up deaf.
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This graphic novel provides examples of:
- Alpha Bitch: Inverted with Missy who is very sweet and enthusiastic about Cece's disability and but she also gets on Cece's nerves. Lampshaded by Ginny who implies that she is a popular girl.
- Author Avatar: Cece,the main character.
- Better as Friends: Cece thinks about this when her first crush, Mike, becomes a fan of Van Halen.
- Big Brother Bully: Laura is like this to her little sister, making her the target of "the dining room game".
- El Spanish "-o": The title of the book and a nickname Cece gives herself. Not only is the Spanish word for deaf sordo, but in Ceces case it would (la) sorda because shes a girl.
- Heroic BSoD: Martha experiences this after a incident where Cece poked her eye with a tree branch and thinks that she was reason why Cece got glasses.She typically avoids/runs away if Cece notices her through out the book and is then eventually solved at the end of the story.
- Little Bit Beastly: The main style of the characters are rabbit people. They are mostly human like except for their ears and noses.
- Love Floats: A frame shows Cece doing this metaphorically after she heard that Mike knows the Beatles.
- New Friend Envy: Laura is this to Cece when she befriends Ginny.
- New Transfer Student: Ginny moves from Georgia to Cece's school in the 3rd Grade.
- The Moving Experience: Cece moves to another state after Kindergarten and leaves her first best friend,Emma,behind.