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Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci
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Jun 07, 2008

bookshelves: graphic-novels, ya-fiction
Read in May, 2008

The first PLAIN JANES book was in my top three books I read in 2007 and Cecil Castellucci is AWESOME in general. (I'm a huge fan of her BEIGE). This book definitely wasn't as magical as the first. Then again maybe it's just that I hate sequels AND books with flowers or pink on the cover. (Luckily there wasn't any glitter involved. Phew!) I also love ambiguous endings, so I didn't feel a sequel was needed at all, though I know many folks were begging for it. One of the reasons I loved the first book was it didn't scream "YOU ARE A GIRL THIS BOOK IS FOR GIRLS!" the way many of the MINX treatments do. It was a book I was able to get all four of my male roommates to read just by purposely leaving it in the bathroom, something that has NEVER happened with any other book...which is sorta a lie since I know they all read that TRUTH ABOUT CHUCK NORRIS book that was in there based on the increase of Chuck Norris jokes being told in my apartment...but PLAIN JANES was a NOVEL. A really fantastic graphic novel, especially when read by any girl who happily dances in the fringe of what people considered normal generic pink girl behavior.
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