Publisher: First Second
Available: November 12, 2013
Source: Netgalley and First Second
NOTE: This is a graphic novel geared toward mature teens and adults, there is sexual content.
Jane's new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack's food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane's psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network — a phone tree information-pooling group of local single women. Poor Jane is about to learn every detail of Jack's past misadventures… whether she wants to or not. Will love prevail?Review:
In this graphic novel from Greg Means, Americus author MK Reed, and Joe Flood, the illustrator of Orcs, comes a fast, witty, and sweet romantic comedy that is actually funny, and actually romantic.
Jack works at a soup cart and Jane is a female skateboarder who happens to fall on her butt in from of him and it all takes off from there. This graphic novel was funny and I giggle most of the way through it. There were some more serious moments about love and learning about what you truly want, but mostly it was a quirky, fun, and entertaining read. Jane is strong and she comes off as much through her conversations with the boys/men around her all the time and Jack is nerdy and cute and a clumsy mess but it adds to his appeal. I really enjoyed reading this and the art was great.
While Jane was great, many of her 'friends' were not. They were not supportive of her and many of the females in the novel come off as catty and judgmental. :/
The illustrator took the time to really set up the places and their experiences together and it made it all the more real and fun. I especially liked the ending and the images there. They are very detailed and tie up the story very nicely.
Interested in love stories but not a fan of overly raunchy romance? This would be a good one for you to grab.