Have you seen the Disney XD show Gravity Falls, created by Alex Hirsch? If you haven’t, you should! And you should probably do it before you read this book, because it’s a tie-in that will have major spoilers for the show–I think it will generally work better watching the show first, and then reading the book. Here’s a review of the show.
OK, so now you’ve caught up on the show, right? So this is that journal, the one that Dipper discovers and uses a guide to the town of Gravity Falls through the duration of the series, and the author of which is a major mystery of the show.
Gravity Falls was a cartoon series that aired on Disney XD between June 2012 and January 2016 with a total of 40 episodes. The series was created by Alex Hirsch, who you might know as the creator of the cartoon series Fish Hooks. The series begins as 12-year old twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, head to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend the summer with their great uncle Stan (or, as he’s almost always called “Gruncle Stan”. Gruncle Stan runs a tourist trap outside of town dubbed the Mystery Shack, a curiosity shop claiming to reveal the secret weirdness of Gravity Falls, but really just revealing cheap props and tourist goods. But before they’ve been there long, Dipper finds a real secret, a cryptic journal buried in the back yard talking about secrets: zombies, demons, unicorns, and soon they have their first encounter with the town’s strangeness. Who wrote the journal? What does Gruncle Stan really know? What secrets is the town keeping? Dipper is driven to find out, with the help of Mabel, Wendy (his 16 year old crush who works part time at the Mystery Shack), and Soos (their 20-something friend who is employed as the Mystery Shack’s handyman and groundskeeper).