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JANUARY 1

CURRENT STATUS: No job, no boyfriend, no permanent place to live, no car, and most of my clothes are held together with staples and duct tape. Bank account almost wiped out. Many of my former associates have expressed a desire that I never darken their doorways again for legal and financial reasons.

She-Hulk got us got us kicked out of the Avengers Mansion. People
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Kingswell
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This was different than I thought it was going to be but it was fun and rather comical in many parts =)

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Jen is just trying to find a job and be normal, that is when she's not her alternate ego who wears BeDazzled thongs and breaks things. She would be known as She-Hulk or Shulky. Jen has a best friend Dahlia who is funny as hell and has a little dog named Rodney that has his own style!

The book is written in diary form - hence the name of the book! Jen also lists pros and cons of a lot of things
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Navessa
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*


To be honest, I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought it would be a fun read with some action and drama and some sort of crazy evil villain trying to take over the world.

What I didn’t bargain for and what I was pleasantly surprised by, was how frigging hilarious it was. No really. This book was LOL no LMFAO not extreme enough… ROFLMFAOOHMYGODMYRIBSHURT funny. Don’t let the comic book beginnings fool you, this is definit
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Chantaal
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popcorn, didnt-finish
I'm going to melt into a puddle of rage and disappointment and forget this book exists. ...more
Yodamom
It all started with a separation of self, a bad reputation, and a long lost love.
Chickflick meets superhero comic loving nerd reading. I went into this book expecting action jackson type comic level reading. What I got was a well done mix of superhero fun with romantic drama and a lot of laughable moments.I found myself snickering and enthralled after the first few pages. I had to stop so many times to share what Jen/Shulky were up too with my family. It was too good not to pass on. I had a lot
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Christy Stewart
Here is a quote from someone who gave a positive review to this book, "Don’t let the comic book beginnings fool you, this is definitely a book for a mature and decidedly female audience. This book is classic Marvel meets Sex in the City."

Besides placing quote marks around "mature" and "female" this pretty much sums up why I'm giving it a negative review.

By the way, Marvel, a huge part of your fan base is female and so you don't need to pander to what marketing companies tell you women are like b
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Wendy
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the first novel that we’ve read for our Ladies Comic Book Night book club, but the decision to read it should be an obvious one.

Apparently, the She-Hulk Diaries as well as Rogue Touch, are Marvel's attempt to "target women readers with stories of dynamic female super heroines who split their time between fighting villains and searching for a decent guy to date." [X]. I can't say this concept impressed me, any more than their attempt to bring in Black female readers by marrying Storm off
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Jerry
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
First off, a little history: Despite being a heterosexual male, I grew up on stories about heroines; protagonists of the opposite gender. Many of my crushes in my younger years were on actresses who played strong ladies: Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire), Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted), and even Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). In more recent years, I've enjoyed (some) of the various adventures of DC and Marvel's superheroines, such as the fairly recent Captain Marv ...more
Katy
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, comics
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Eric Klee
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Reading THE SHE-HULK DIARIES was more painful than a green-fisted punch in the stomach by ol' "Shulky" herself. I also bought and read ROGUE TOUCH about the X-Men's Rogue and was similarly disappointed. What should be fun young adult books geared toward getting more teenage girls into comic books and superheroes is just a waste of paper.

I'm not sure who Marvel things these books are geared towards? Teenage girls? Adults? Comic fan boys? If it's young girls, then the main character shouldn't be a
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Stephanie
(Originally posted on my blog, Misprinted Pages.)

Earlier this year, I expressed skepticism toward The She-Hulk Diaries and Rogue Touch — specifically, about authors scribbling down superhero adventures without the pretty pictures to match and, more importantly, with what seemed like a “romantic” spin (that turned out to be false).

I love comics, and removing their visual element would be like neutering them. The physical prowess of female superheroes, especially, is what grabs your attention; it’
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Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
3.5 stars, definitely.

I'm a comics enthusiast but had the benefit of knowing relatively little about Jennifer Walters/"Shulky" canon going into this book. From many of the other reviews here I gather that was a good thing. It allowed me to just enjoy Acosta's funny yarn about the mousy lawyer who has Bruce Banner as a cousin and whose bad habit of turning into a giant green party monster got her in hot water at the Avengers HQ, among other things. Had I approached this story with previous knowl
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Kate Lynn
Dec 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
It takes a lot for me to give a book one star, but this one deserves it. The book contains adult themes, but is written like it was meant for a young reader residing in 2009 (it was published in 2013). The ending was honestly horrible and had almost zero setup. I could go on and on about everything I disliked. I had high hopes, because this is a Marvel book, but I now know to steer clear of their other book publications.
Lynda
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Is this She-Hulk or a chic-lit novel?
Jenn Morgans
I had somewhat mixed feelings when it came to writing this review; not because I didn't enjoy the book (I really did; more on that in a minute), but because the actual creation of particular imprint makes me a little uneasy. As a fan of both comic books and chicklit, I'm of course delighted by Marvel's decision to publish these fun books based around their female superheroes; but I'm also aware that it's often very difficult for women to be taken seriously as comic book fans, and the creation of ...more
Sam
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Hyperion and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. My opinions are my own.

The She-Hulk Diaries is a book of potential, but doesn't entirely work. I wanted to love this book more than I did, but while the writing style is whimsical and informal, the story itself is shallow, superficial, and full of lists. In fact, the lists may have been the most excessive part of the story.

Perhaps I'm a purist, but I wasn't sold on Acosta's version of Jennifer Walters. The character never felt consist
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Callie *Fights Censorship*
May 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-give-up, marvel


She Hulk is my favorite Marvel character, I love her witty ironic comics from the 80's and totally fell in love with her during the series written by Dan Slott She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Single Green Female.

I made it through the first 2 chapters, barely, then I realized that this is not the She Hulk that I know. See the great thing about She Hulk is that she is a character that retains her femininity while still kicking ass and never becoming a sex object. Unfortunately this story seems to have very litt
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Paxnirvana
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being female does not automatically grant one entre into the world of "chick-lit". Personally, I loathe the genre, mostly because, in the hands of callous writers, it reduces the essential human search for companionship and understanding to shopping trips and make-up advice beneath veiled catty quips. But that's my view, and I'm well aware many others don't share it. -_-

So I was afraid, at first, that this book was going to end up just being chick-lit for one of my long-neglected superhero frien
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Yolanda Sfetsos
OMG. I loved this book! She-Hulk is a character that I've always been interested in but haven't read enough about. So when I found out about this book I was very interested in checking it out. Glad that I did!

Jennifer Walters starts out the year with no job, no prospects, no apartment, and no boyfriend. She also has a problem with her clothes being ruined. So when someone gives her a journal, she decides to start a diary and set goals for herself. Of course, Jen isn't your average girl. She happ
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Anna
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
So, for me this one wavers between a 3 and a 3.5. I eventually went with 3 because I'll probably never re-read this one. That said, I really enjoyed Marta Acosta's sense of humor and the way that she portrays Jennifer, while still maintaining the fluffy, chick-flick vibes. Jen Walters is portrayed as a confident, highly intelligent and professional woman, who has a warmth to her personality. She also has issues, which caused me to experience high amounts of laughter! I really liked her best frie ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
I'm generally not a reader of comics, but I do enjoy the Marvel and DC properties on the big and small screen. So, I was interested in this one even though Bruce Banner/the Hulk is a character I'm fairly ambivalent about. This book is about his cousin, Jennifer Walters.

Jen is good at her job, but also has self-esteem and some anger issues in regards to her alter ego She-Hulk. At the beginning she was a bit hard to like for me; she was (IMO) shallow, immature. Her best friend Dahlia was also. By
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Ariel
#PopsugarReadingChallenge2019
Prompt - A book about someone with a superpower: Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk.

The Carrie Diaries, Sex and the City, and Bridget Jones's Diary meet everyone's favorite 80s Green Girl.

...where it quickly devolves into a horrible mess and fails the Bechdel test epically.

If I hadn't grown up with Jenny, I would have at least liked the book. It is funny in some parts; but I did grow up with Jenny and her She-Hulk persona, so whoever was in this book only shares the name
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Anastasiaadamov
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Light and informative. This was my first run in with She-Hulk. Interesting perspective on the dynamics of Marvel universe. Definite girly reading material.
Tzippy
3.5/5

So...I love superheroes.

I didn't always. I came into comics as an adult, starting out with Grant Morrison's and Joss Whedon's runs on X-Men, then getting really into Brian Michael Bendis's Daredevil run (still my all-time favorite), then finally branching out into the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel universe (as well as catching up on the backstory). Then I decided I can't stand all the writing for the trade and the endless retcons, and I couldn't justify spending all that money on comi
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I received this in exchange for an honest review.

With the completion of Rogue Touch I immediately jumped right into The She-Hulk Diaries, because one kick-ass super-heroine is just not enough. Two isn’t really enough either but since these are the only two out right now, I suppose I’ll have to make due.

The She-Hulk Diaries surprised me by focusing on Jennifer Walters instead of putting all the attention on her green counterpart. Jennifer is a talented attorney and thanks to a transfusion (from
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Valerie
Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: From the moment I spied the tube of bright green lipstick on the cover, I knew I was going to have to give The She-Hulk Diaries a go. The book was pretty much what I expected, think comic book meet Bridget Jones Diary, just not quite as clever as the latter. Even still, my inner girlie geek squealed with delight and enjoyed the ride. I have not previously followed the She-Hulk comics, an oversight that I am clearly going to have to fix ASAP!

It was not the deepest of stor
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Sam
This book was provided by the publisher for reviewing purposes.
 
I may not be well-versed in the history of Jennifer Walters or her mighty green alter-ego, She-Hulk (or "Shulky", as referred to in this novel), but it doesn't take a comic book aficionado to appreciate what Marta Acosta has created in The She-Hulk Diaries.
 
I really enjoyed the writing style. It was informal and friendly, like, well, reading a diary. The humor was quick and spot on, and I found myself laughing within the first few p
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ERIN SCHMIDT
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A few years ago I read the entire Happy Hour at Casa Dracula series. I adored that series and determined based on it that author Marta Acosta writes fascinating, relatable characters with wit and a compulsive readability. It's true that in my comic book-reading teenage years, I was more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan. I'm not ashamed to say the Avengers film won me over. I was thrilled to learn Acosta was working on a She-Hulk novel, even though I was never a hard-core Shulky fan.

It took me a wh
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book was a strong 2 stars for me up until the last third of it. The plot was OK, and there was some interesting mystery elements, but it was basically a chick-lit book with superheroes. The main character also doubles as She-Hulk, and for much of the book, she refuses to believe she is actually both people - she needs therapy, which she gets, and integration if you ask me. She had a weekend fling with a rock star in law school and it was true love, but he never called her back. He doesn't r ...more
Andrea
I'll say right up front that I'm not someone who follows She-Hulk or Marvel, so coming into this novel I didn't have any expectations of the way the characters would be.

It was a fun book that followed a lot of the standard chick-lit tropes, but did them well. It was refreshing that Jennifer Walters had a demanding job she was good at, since that is the element most often missing from the chick lit and romance genres. Even after some things got tiresome - the diary aspect, freaking out over the
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Penny
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Jennifer Walters is my favorite fictional attorney, and I was excited to read this book. My excitement quickly faded as I realized the author did not do five minutes of research on either attorneys or on She-Hulk's origin story. Rather than nitpick this to death, a couple of brief things:

Lawyers go to law school, not grad school. The author also has no understanding of how law firms work.

Jennifer Walters got her powers via a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner, after she was in a ver
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Marta Acosta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a feral reader, roaming the stacks of the public library.

She received a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Spaces Magazine.

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