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.Read more...
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?
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."
- ISBN-13: 9781596437517
- ISBN-10: 1596437510
- Publisher: First Second
- Publish Date: November 2013
- Page Count: 179
- Reading Level: Ages 14-17
- Dimensions: 8.55 x 6 x 0.59 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Jack and Jane are modern young people in love. He works for minimum wage selling soup from a cart, and she’s proud of her skateboarding scars. Their dates consist of free activities, like visiting the vending-machine graveyard or listening to vinyl albums. Complications arise when Jane is confronted by the Network, “a loose alliance of smart, beautiful young women” who share information “to prevent yet another awesome girl from falling for yet another lame guy.” Jack doesn’t pass muster with them, so Jane’s got to decide: “sisters or misters?” Jack’s good heart is a tonic to her, compared to the sexism she has to put up with as a skater chick, even though the other girls hate how absentminded and clumsy he is. Flood’s tight close-ups keep the attention on the characters’ feelings and help the snappy dialogue bite. The ultimate message—that someone may be right for you without meeting your friends’ approval—is refreshing and reassuring. There’s also a lesson about female solidarity only going so far, particularly if you’re not a typical girl. Altogether it’s a fun, fresh take on romance with a fascinating subtext about gender relations. (Nov.)