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Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  6,305 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews
Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and the cheerleaders retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake? Student group funding t ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by First Second
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First Second Books
May 15, 2013 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
I love this book!

Do you sometimes sit back and think, while you're struggling through the latest Unnamed Literary Award-Winner, what's this reading all about? Why did I decide to like it in the first place?

It typically isn't because at age ten you sat down and read Moby Dick and fell in love. No, love of reading typically comes from places like Nancy Drew and Sideways Stories from Wayside School and The Westing Game and a multitude of adventures in Oz and books that take you on an adventure and
Aug 05, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it

”Chainsaws, People, We need chainsaws!”

How could I not fall in love with this story? :D

Cheerleaders with deadly dagger stares and attitudes, killer robots, and dirty political shenanigans make Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong a fun, fast moving page turner. But it is the open-wound ache and tenderness to this tale that makes it stand out from the graphic novel pack. A story with huge heart thumping away on every page, slam, *CRASH*, and smile.

Charlie Nolan and Nate Harding are embedded in a fight t
May 07, 2013 Melki rated it really liked it
It's THE NERDS vs THE CHEERLEADERS in an epic battle that will decide who gets to spend the student activity funds. Will it be money for the robotics team OR saucy new uniforms for the rah-rah squad?

You can probably guess where my sympathies lie, but when the two groups must form an unholy alliance and WORK TOGETHER to win a battle-of-the-robots competition, it's a WIN/WIN for everyone, reader included.

The artwork is great. Characters are well-drawn, and even the robots have great facial expres
Nerds. Jocks. Cheerleaders. Epic battle. Sounds like your typical high school story, right? Enter the killer robots!*

I knew there was a high propinquity** that I would like this because I loved Faith Erin Hicks' Friends with Boys (my review / Noelle's review) and Prudence Shen's /report podcast is a must listen in my book club.*** After flying through the first 50 or so pages on the official website, I ended up breaking my months-long NetGalley ban to request it. And it was totally worth it.

Arif Zulkifli
Sep 23, 2015 Arif Zulkifli rated it really liked it
Well, that was fast.

I love this book! The artwork, the storyline, the jokes, the characters and of course the ending.

Apr 23, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
If you want to get me to read “fluffy” contemporary and enjoy it, give it to me in a graphic novel. Because let me tell you folks, Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks have managed to take a good old TV trope, wrap it up in graphic novel format, and have it be the most fun I’ve had reading in some time. It has school rivalries, unexpected friendships, some very real teen-parent struggles, and gnomes:

Okay, so I’ll admit Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is kind of ideal for us geek girls, but it’s also
Jun 10, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Yet another work that pits nerds against cheerleaders. I should be over this sort of thing. And honestly, most of the time, I am. Luckily, Shen takes a slightly different track here. Yes, the book does start off with cheerleaders vs. nerds. But Shen's cheerleaders are smart, formidable, and ruthless in precisely equal measure to the nerds. These cheerleaders are going to be powerful women. And that, I think, is at least part of the point of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. Yes, the robot action is ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Raina rated it really liked it
Sweet realistic story about friends and neighbors who find themselves in different cliques in high school. This becomes a problem when the administration threatens to give the robotics club's $$$ to the cheerleaders.

It's a plot-based book - most of the characters are pretty utilitarian and flat - but it's super engaging and fun to read. A quick pulpish read. I was pleased that the plot didn't go exactly where I expected it to, and the climactic scenes were my favorite part. There's a surprise m
David Schaafsma
Feb 11, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Cheerleaders vs Robotics club. Robots! What's not to like? YA, high school story, with a little kid divorce complexity… Okay, the story is not that deep, but the energy and maybe especially the Faith Hicks drawings make this go!
So much fun and very, very funny. The perfect read for when you're looking for a light, quick hijinks story, with badass ladies that's also full of warmth and humor. Oh and epic bro feels. Who doesn't want those?
Feb 06, 2017 Kendra rated it it was amazing
That was a delight and a joy to watch.
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms, but not both. It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in ...more
I have enjoyed Faith Erin Hicks' graphic novels before and was looking forward to this latest release. Hicks' artwork always draws me into the story and really brings her characters to life. The story behind this book is that of Charlie, a boy who is the captain of the basketball team, former boyfriend of head cheerleader and mean-girl Holly and sort of a quiet laid back kind of guy. So when his friend and neighbor Nate tries to run for student council to save the budget of the robotics team, th ...more
Dov Zeller
This was a fun story and there's so much in it. Not only are there jocks, cheerleaders and nerds entangled in a bitter fight for school funds, but there's some friendships and family relationships to care (and worry) about. A lot to chew on in this book that is both sensitive and boisterous, thoughtful and action packed.

Why did I only give it 3 stars? I found that it was too dependent on caricature and there was not enough nuance with individual characters and their dynamics.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
May 08, 2014 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it it was amazing
Got to say that after reading Friends with Boys, I'm pretty much going to try to read what other works that author does, did. This is one of them and it is awesome. This has robots, the robot club and cheerleaders. Some bromance, priceless expressions during awkward moments. Hilarity ensues. Really good and cute read that I want a sequel but like the ending either way.
Dec 01, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
Simple is fabulous and fabulous is simple. This story is simple and fabulous. A teen story that is predictable yet full of action. What I love most is the graphics - it's one of those style that melts my heart. Reminds me of Charlie's. Looking forward to more from the artist and writers.
Robin Stevens
Jul 06, 2016 Robin Stevens rated it really liked it
Funny, sweet high-school graphic novel about rivalries, friendships and robots. Lovely! (8+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Hestia Sky
Aug 01, 2015 Hestia Sky rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-2015
This book was okay. The art was exaggerated and the story was kind of rough, so I guess what I'm saying is that I didn't really like it that much. Eh.
Hilarious and adorable. Highly enjoyable, review to come.
leslie delgadillo
May 05, 2016 leslie delgadillo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, favorites
*spoiler warning want to read but don't want spoilers? then don't read*Have you ever seen stereotypes in movies or in books or even some types in real life? well if you have then you most likely know the "popular"(jocks,cheers,etc) kids and the "nerdy" (gamer,reading,robotics)kids .The usual two types that rival each other are jocks and cheer and nerds with nerds being bullied mostly but in this book, stereotypes don't follow their "roles" instead they help each other out with difficult things. ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Rach rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2013
I read this book one page a day, Monday-Friday, for almost 8 months. On holidays, sometimes there would be bonus pages, but for the most part, I experienced this story in tiny segments over a long period of time. There's something that is really fun and feels secret and special about reading something in that sort of way, like you're getting a peak at a never-before-seen exotic paradise. On the other hand, it can be hard to sustain the emotional thread over such a long period of time. I'd like t ...more
Tara Anderson Gold
Nov 26, 2012 Tara Anderson Gold rated it really liked it
Cheerleaders, a robotics team, and a school election? Oh. Do tell me more.

Nate and Charlie have been best friends since grade school, even though they are social opposites. Nate is the geeky president of the robotics team, while Charlie is the captain of the basketball team. When Nate hatches a plan to run for school president to ensure funding for the robotics team, he expects Charlie to be on his side -- not to run against him! The cheerleaders have forced Charlie to run so the extra money wil
Peter Derk
Jan 29, 2014 Peter Derk rated it liked it
Good story. Excellent art. This is a great choice for folks looking for something for a reader who has a good sense of humor but wants to avoid questionable content. There is one reference to donkey sex. Written in giant letters with weed killer on a football field. However, because it's in the book, it's really only like size 24 font. So it kind of evens out.

The plot revolves around a robot fighting tournament. Remember that show from a few years back? Where a couple remote-controlled robots wo
The title….doesn’t really lie, actually. You would expect with a title like that all hell breaks loose.

Well, well, well. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong was such a pleasant surprise. It was a fast and breezy read, but I ended up reading it more than twice. I’m not all into graphic novels, but that’s mostly because of the fact that I haven’t dived into the genre yet and not because I hate them – though, after this, I definitely have to start making room for them on my shelf.

I didn’t know what to ex
Stewart Tame
Dec 03, 2016 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
Excellent fun! Charlie is captain of the basketball team. His best friend, Nate, is president of the robotics club. The club wants to compete in a competition, and there's enough money in the school's budget to cover it. But there's a catch: the cheerleaders want new uniforms, and there's not enough money to cover both that and the competition. Nate's solution? Run for student government so he can control the allocation of funds. The cheerleaders' solution: dragoon Charlie into being their candi ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 21, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful high school story. One of the most refreshing school stories I've read lately. Manages to take a genuine, real look at high school life and issues without resorting to s*xual topics at all. Bravo, Ms Shen! The story of Nerds vs Cheerleaders with a misplaced Jock stuck between is hilarious making a deliciously fun story. At the same time, we are given a much more serious look at one character's problematic home life with divorced parents, a never-home dad and a mom living far ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Sarri rated it really liked it
Flunssahuuruissani hekottelin itsekseni lukiessani tätä. Mukaansatempaava sarjakuvaromaani Charliesta, koulun koripallojoukkueen kapteenista, jonka elämä ei ole aivan pelkkää ruusuilla tanssimista. Charlien lapsuudenystävä, hieman outo Nate vetää koulun robottikerhoa ja kerhon päämäärä on päästä kansallisiin robottikilpailuihin. Harmi vain, että koululla on varaa vain yhteen isompaan satsaukseen ja samasta rahasta kilpailee huutosakkijoukkueen uudet esiintymisasut. Rehtori päättää, että koulun o ...more
This was fun! I picked it up on a whim while I was shelving graphic novels because it was new, even though I dislike contemporary/high-school stories and actually don't really care for graphic novels either.

A lot of reviews talk about the epic battle between the robot club and the cheerleaders but what this book is really about is the friendship between Charlie and Nate. They really don't have anything in common besides living on the same street and they spend the whole book arguing, beating up,
May 23, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Great fun. I haven't read Prudence Shen's work before, but Faith Erin Hill has become a new favorite. These two made a good team for this humorous story of a rivalry between a robotics club and a cheerleading squad, and the basketball player who's stuck in the middle.

The humor was just my type, with a couple references to SF pop culture that made me laugh out loud. My favorite is when the robotics club approaches the head cheerleader's mansion of a house to propose a truce. One of the kids look
I picked this up because my brother had borrowed it from the library, and believe me, I'm so glad I did.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is one of the cutest and funnest (funnest?) graphic novels I've ever read. It's hard to put down once you start.

I loved the characters, the artwork, the story; in other words, EVERYTHING.

AND ROBOTS. WITH CHAINSAWS. You can't deny robots with chainsaws. YOU CANNOT. The robot competition was so fun to read. The illustrations. Gah, I loved this book so much.

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