Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Hicks

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Charlie is caught in the middle.  His cheerleader ex-girlfriend needs him to win the election for student body president so that they can get new uniforms with school money.  His best friend needs to win the election so that the money can be spent on the upcoming robotics competition.  Charlie has to bring together this mismatched group of people to unite for one ultimate goal: win the Robot Rumble so that everyone can get what they want . . . in more ways than one!

What I Liked
The artist in this book really found a way to make the reader understand the subtle sarcasm being used to tell this story.  It was funny without trying too hard and interesting enough to make me want to keep reading.  Graphic novels aren't usually my thing, but this one made me smile more than once.

The other thing I liked about this book is that it didn't feel the need to add in a bunch of bad language and sexual material to tell the story.  It just didn't need it.  And there are just too many graphic novels out there that use that kind of material to draw in a reader when there really is no need for it.  The characters and the plot were the stars of this book - as it should be.

What I Didn't Like
Well, it's weird to say, but what I didn't like was the fact that it was a graphic novel.  I just don't enjoy reading them.  This one was an exception because I liked the story so much.

Quintessential Quote
Well, it's kind of hard to quote a graphic novel and really have it stand out as something intelligent, so instead I have inserted a copy of one of the pages.  Charlie was duped into running for student body president and hadn't even had a chance to tell his best friend, Nate, about it.  Nate is also running for president and is not pleased that Charlie is running against him because Charlie is a popular jock who will probably beat him.  I like this page because it shows the lighthearted humor used to tell the story.

If you want a break from the normal way of reading and have been looking to try a graphic novel, this is the book for you!

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