This whole novel felt more like a creative writing exercise (which is ironic, considering quite a bit of the plot happens in a creative writing class)This whole novel felt more like a creative writing exercise (which is ironic, considering quite a bit of the plot happens in a creative writing class) than a fully fleshed novel. The premise of having a burgeoning romance be witnessed and narrated by 14 different POVs is unique, but I felt like I was being TOLD that Gabe and Lea have a connection by everyone instead of being SHOWN. Also, I felt that several POVs didn't contribute much to the story (Inga's wife being the most obvious example imo. The bench and squirrel were ridiculous, but ymmv).
Pacing felt off too - if everything had happened over the course of, say, one semester instead of 8 months, I might've been able to buy in, but that's way too long for barely-casual acquaintances to dance around each other.
A few other stray thoughts: - I loved the diversity of the cast (we have lgbtq+, PoC, disability) - Inga is the most unprofessional professor I've ever encountered (fictional or otherwise) - I did like that this was light, fluffy, and sex-free despite the college setting - The treatment of Hillary was a little too over-the-top and her role as the "villain" felt way too contrived to me - I listened to this on audio and I found the female narrator to have a weirdly airy voice that felt put on -- it was kind of odd (male narrator was good)
I love fluffy reads, but this one missed the mark for me a bit and didn't quite give me the feels....more
It's been awhile since I've read this, so I'm fuzzy on a lot of the details, but here are a couple of thoughts II'm still loving this series so hard.
It's been awhile since I've read this, so I'm fuzzy on a lot of the details, but here are a couple of thoughts I had while reading:
- As much as it breaks my heart that most of the cast has been seperated, I love that there are so many storylines happening all at once. It really broadens the scope of the series and it makes feel kind of epic. I was also pleased that we more or less spent the same amount of time with all the characters and narrative threads.
- That scene with the dragon was one of the most disgusting things I've ever looked at. I'm a little torn on how this comic is not fearful of "going there". On the hand, I think it's kind of gutsy and I admire it for that; on the other, it sometimes reads as gratuitous and it's like it's there solely for shock value.
- The art in this series is still great. Staples' facial expressions are wonderfully expressive, and the character designs are often zany and quite bizarre, but everything manages to look cohesive and like it belongs in the same world/universe.
- Sometimes I'm confused as to how Hazel is privy to information she comments on. I know she's narrating from some point in the future, so it could be possible, but there were a few events that were witnessed by only a few characters (ie. The Will waking up and finding out (view spoiler)[about his sister's death (hide spoiler)]) that then had Hazel's narration commenting on them (in the aforementioned exaple, Hazel makes a comment to the effect of "this was the start of something that would affect us all" or something -- how Hazel be aware of that interaction between The Will, Gwendolyn and Sophie?) This led her narration to sometimes feel intrusive, and pulled me out of the story.
- I often find this comic very funny due to the dialogue, but I also think the dialogue will date this work rather quickly. It makes a lot of colloqualisms that refer to things that are very current, and will likely not be trendy in even just a couple of years (think of YA books that make reference to things like MySpace, for example).
Despite some of my misgivings and nitpicks listed above, I still can't wait for the next volume in this series. The long wait between installments really kills me -- I might have to start investing in the single issues to tide me over. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more