The dialogue... is pitch perfect ... As witty and naturalistic as any I’ve ever read in a comic, every line adds to the sense of the fractured dynamic at play ... Somehow, Tamaki captures the misery and the magic, her strips full of movement and life even as her colours bring to mind those of old Polaroids.
The outcome is a graphic novel that is both universal and highly personal, in which even as we get to know Dani and Zoe—as well as Fiona, a college friend of Dani’s who has come along on the trip—we can’t help but glimpse ourselves ... The art performs another function: to integrate into the narrative all the things the characters cannot say. What more vivid strategy to evoke the depth of their emotions than, literally, to show them? ... It’s no simple task to express that level of love and longing.
The Tamakis have such a talent for capturing the highs and lows of friendship and love ... Messy, tender and teeming with life, Roaming is exactly the kind of story young people today should be reading.