“this is a great book”djwelch wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story line is okay and the characters are very enjoyable, and you root for Maggie, the main character. Good story for middle schoolers about to enter high school. There is no major swearing or anything else not appropriate for middle schoolers so it is okay for middle school and up. The story, however, didn't really blow my mind. It is enjoyable.”BookLicious wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New Book, November 2013”Whitaker Library wrote this review Saturday, November 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is written and illustrated by one of the authors of the book I finished right before it. As a result, there is a lot in common between the two books, though I liked the previous one a bit more.
Maggie is at a turning point in her life. She is just starting up at high school, and like her older brothers, 9th grade is the first one she will be completing at a public school because her middle school and elementary school years were completed through homeschooling with her mother. To make the changes even more dramatic, her mother has left the family over the summer, and no one is really sure why or where she has gone.
At first, Maggie is pretty much overwhelmed by all the people at school. No one is mean to her, but she doesn't really seem to be making any friends right away, though. That all changes at lunch one day when her classmate Lucy, a Goth girl who is very funny and bright, and her older brother Alistair. She quickly settles into this new, small group of friends.
Alistair has an interesting background. He used to be a part of the in-crowd, which seems to be largely made up of jocks, but he lost that after having a fight with the leader of the group. As a result, he now sports a mohawk and seems happier with his sister and Maggie.
There is an interesting subplot that seems to pup up from time to time in the background of the story. Their is the ghost of a 19th century widow who seem to only be seen by Maggie. She is not really sure what the ghost wants since the ghost is unable to talk, but they seem to be seeing more and more of each other as time goes by. My biggest complaint with the book is that this doesn't really seem to be resolved.
The main themes of the book are not all that different than the previous one, "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong": school castes, friendship, and family struggles. I also found it to be a fairly enjoyable and quick read. I definitely found myself caring for Maggie and her older brothers as well as for Lucy and Alistair.
The illustrations were well drawn. In some ways they are fairly simple black & white drawings, but I think Hicks makes great use of shadowing to help add extra dimensions to the characters and the scenes in which they are appearing. She also makes great use of a number of anime emotional symbology to help express the characters emotions.
I do have to admit that I really loved the humor of having Lucy around. It is a bit ironic since she is a Goth character, but it adds a nice humorous twist to some of the relationship challenges so many of the characters are facing. Likewise, I found myself really drawn to Maggie's older brother Daniel, who is really a great mentor and friend to her.
This is definitely worth a try, particularly if you are looking to sample some realistic fiction in the graphic format. The one exception is the weird ghost subplot, but that by no means ruins the book.”
“If you've been home-schooled, bullied, or part of a large family, you will relate to this story. Maggie is starting 9th grade after being home-schooled all her life and is petrified. How will she get to her classes? Who will she eat lunch with? Her brothers are of no help - they told her she needs to do it all on her own, just as they had to. She is also dealing with some crazy family dynamics - her older brother won't help, her twin brothers are constantly fighting, her father is the Chief of Police and her mother has decided to leave them.
Many issues are addressed in this story - most teens will be able to relate to it in some aspect. Best suited for 7-9th graders. The artwork was pretty good and the pictures kept me going, but the presence of a ghost that didn't really seem to have a purpose sort of distracted me from the rest of the story.”
“The description of this book didn't seem to interesting to me, but I gave it a shot anyway. Maggie has been homeschooled her whole life until now, 9th grade. The only people she's ever really hung out with are her brothers. At school, Maggie finally starts becoming friends with a brother and sister pair, Alistair and Lucy. However, her brother, Danny, doesn't like Alistair, and she doesn't know why. Also, her mom has left. On top of that, Maggie sees a ghost.
I got the sense that this was the beginning of something. The ghost didn't have enough of a role. I thought the drawing style was good and I liked that the author/illustrator included early sketches at the end of the book. I'd read the next one, especially since graphic novels are so quick.”
“A delightful example of what a comic can be. Quirky, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny. I would love to see other works by this author.”Raving Redcoat wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great graphic novel. Coming of age. Not sure the "paranormal" twist was necessary.”Linsey wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book ”Morning star wrote this review Thursday, May 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. I liked the characters, the wit, the portrayal of high school, and the illustrations. The ending didn't sit well with me, but I'd still recommend it. Good for late middle school into high school. A very quick read. A few semi-bad words, but content is appropriate. ”Elizabeth S wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No