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Teen Boat!

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High school can be a time of terrible angst—Fs on tests, bullying jerks, broken hearts,
and late-stage puberty are just some of the potential issues that all teen boys face. But
what about the issues facing a Teen Boat? In this hilarious send-up of teen story tropes,
the best-selling author Dave Roman and the cartoonist John Green deliver high school
and high seas drama with a...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Clarion Books
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The tagline of this graphic novel is quite catchy and is permanently ingrained on my brain: The angst of being a teen, the thrill of being a boat.

And with that, you get an idea of the quirky humor and ridiculous yet intriguing premise: a teenager who has the ability to transform into a boat at will. Upon first reading, I'm sure I missed all the symbolism permeating the story because I was just so delighted by the quirk factor. I think I will have to encounter a second reading very soon because I...more
Emily Lewis
If you're looking for a deep, tense, dangerous super-hero graphic novel, go read "Watchmen". If you're looking for somehting silly, pun-filled, quirky, and humorous, stay right here because "TeenBoat" is for you. TeenBoat must deal with all the usual teenage problems -- peer pressure ("pier pressure", actually, as that's the title of the first chapter, to give you an idea of the tone here), trying to impress a girl (or a gondola), getting a job, learning to drive a car, and more -- while also de...more
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Being a teenager can be tough - there are so many things to worry about that making it through high school can feel like the ultimate achievement. But what if you had to go through all these things with the added burden of transforming into a boat?

Readers will love the hilarity of Teen Boat as he struggles to get make it through some tough teen issues without getting shipwrec...more
Collaborators Dave Roman and John Green originally published the TEEN BOAT! mini-comic through their own Cryptic Press. You can still visit the old websites associated with that version of the comic. TEEN BOAT! won an Ignatz Award and now it is available in a full color version with extra comics and other bonus material.

The art of TEEN BOAT! is clean with easy-to-distinguish and consistent character designs. The girls aren't overly sexified either. They look like teen girls and their designs are...more
Teen Boat is a collection of comics that follows a teen named Teen Boat, who is seemingly your average teen but who transforms into a boat. As you can imagine, this comic collection is filled with hilarious adventures where Teen Boat gets into trouble because of his unique abilities. One of the funniest escapades was where it chronicled Teen Boat getting his drivers license. Teen Boat is not comfortable in cars, so he has put off getting his license. However, he wants to impress a girl so he dec...more
Jennifer Haight

When I first saw Teen Boat! By Dave Roman and John Green, I thought that it was written by John Green of YA lit fame (it isn’t), and I was sucked in by the slogan “The angst of being a teen; the thrill of being a boat!” It is a quirky and fun albeit unfocused and repetitive premise.
The premise is that a boy strangely named Teen Boat, transforms into a small yacht but can continue to communicate while he is in boat form. How and why hes able to do this is never discussed. At some points of the bo...more
I picked this one up after listening to John Green speak at ALA 2013. I thought he was hilarious and decided I had to read the book. I'd seen it before and dismissed it. A boy who could turn himself into a boat just didn't seem to be my thing. Boy, was I wrong. I'm so glad I read it. It's a cute and funny story about the agony of being a teen and the thrill of being a boat. The duo of writers did a great job of making a fun and, oddly realistic, view of a teenage boy and his normal teen issues (...more
Jez Layman
I met the authors at ALA and enjoyed their presentation and livereading immensely, enough to buy a copy of the book. It's hilarious, even going beyond the ridiculous tag line "The angst of being a teen...the thrill of being a boat!" With a tag like that, how could you go wrong? There are a lot of really clever plays on words and good jokes. At his presentation, John Green said there would be spoilers for those of us who could read Italian, but I have to say, the Italian only confirmed my theorie...more
I have very mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I think this could appeal to a certain segment of teen guys. It is LOADED with every cheesy boat pun in existence. I could hear them snickering. On the other hand, I kept thinking, "Really?" I could imagine the scene in my mind. The creators had a bit too much to drink and were playing the "what if" game. Then, when they hit on the silliest scenario they could find, they wrote down every boat pun they could come up with. Then they wrote...more
Daffiest premise ever--an otherwise average teen can turn himself into a medium sized boat at will. The authors take that premise and deliver any number of perfectly logical developments and totally wacko twists in this graphic novel. All that keeps it off the top shelf for me is the downright cruel and thoughtless way Teen treats his loyal, obviously smitten best friend Joey (Josephine?).
Wow. I can't believe how good this actually was. I was rolling in my seat almost the whole time. Great foreshadowing techniques, wonderful use of the absurd, and fantastic Shrek-style moments where there are jokes that the majority of readers (teenagers) are too young to fully appreciate. This book might sound ridiculous (and it is), but it is also fantastic.
This is a funny, enjoyable graphic novel about the adventures of a boy named Teen Boat--a teenaged boy who can transform himself into a boat. I found myself smiling at this one. It would make for a great read for students in upper middle school or lower high school grades.
A graphic novel told in interconnected chapters. Far-fetched, but fun, and I can see its appeal to kids middle school and up. The scenes when TB learns to drive are great. Don't miss the explanation on how the book was created.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Don't let the format or quirkiness fool you...there are a lot of references some subtle and some not so much within the short stories strong together in volume format. Definitely requires more than one read.
This is a lot of fun - a surreal teen comedy, for kids. Would fit in very well at the DFC/Phoenix. I particularly liked the "For More Beers" chant at the class president elections.
Jan 17, 2012 Kricket marked it as to-read
this gn caught my attention because i thought it was THE john green. but it's a different john green. still, it is about a teen who can change into a boat. so i have to read it anyway.
Teen Boat is hilarious! It's like Archie, if Archie could turn himself into a boat. So funny and goofy with a little bit of sarcastic and sly humor thrown in. Love it!
Sarah S
I saw Mr. Green speak at ALA, and while I'd been aware of Teen Boat's existence, hadn't picked it up. There was surprisingly more to it than just wacky hijinks.
So much maritime wordplay! I laughed my head off. It felt very much like a classic superhero comic just featuring a totally absurd superhero. Very campy.
I really enjoyed the end section where they explain how the graphic novel came to be with the whole process outlined. Cool.
It is truly a YA graphic novel.....remember that depending on the age of your kiddos.
This book sounded absolutely ridiculous. It turned out to be pretty entertaining.
Megan DeLancey
This book is everything I've ever wanted in a book.
A great book young teens can enjoy!
Edward Sullivan
Quite odd and quite fun.
Jonathan ellers
Monica Edinger
A complete hoot!
TEEN BOAT! is one interesting graphic novel. Broken into parts, the novel is divided into mini stories – almost like episodes in a television show. All deal with the adventures and antics of Teen Boat, a typical high school guy on the surface, but with the mysterious power to turn into a small yacht.

The panels in TEEN BOAT! are colourful and easy to follow, and the artwork is very easy on the eyes. The story is, like I said, a bunch of mini-episodes all with an overarching plot of Teen Boat in h...more
Ms. Yingling
Teen Boat has more problems than the average high schoolers-- not only do bullies like Harry Cobbs bother him, they want him to host parties on himself when he is a boat-- parties that end up with gambling in international waters and running into ice bergs! Teen has a big crush on Nina Pinta Santa Maria, an exchange student, but no matter what he does, she doesn't like him... but his friend Joey (who is, of course, less hot because she wears overalls instead of midriff baring tops) does. The gan...more
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John Green grew up on Long Island and has worked in New York City ever since graduating from School of Visual Arts for Graphic Design in 1997. He was the comics consultant for Disney Adventures magazine, and in addition to Disney has written, illustrated, or otherwise worked on comics for Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Scholastic, DC Comics, and First Second Books. When not drawing comics John creates a...more
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