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The Cute Girl Network

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  942 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Jane's new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack's food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane's psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network--a phone tree information-pooling group of local single wo ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by First Second
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First Second Books
Nov 13, 2013 marked it as first-second-publications
I really like this book.

One of the reasons that's the case is because while comics is absolutely full of action-adventure and fantasy and outer space, one of the things that it has much less of is books for adult women set in a contemporary and realistic setting.

(That's one of the whole reasons for the Bechdel test!)

THE CUTE GIRL NETWORK is awesome that way because it's full of adult women, and they're all pretty great, even the Evil!Harriet (who turns out to be just trying to look after her fri
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Anne Elliot allows her friends and family to talk her out of an imprudent marriage to the poor Frederick Wentworth, even though she loves him, and then spends her life regretting that decision. Oddly enough, the graphic novel The Cute Girl Network reminds me a bit of Persuasion. Reed and Means tackle the difficulties of modern dating and the question of how important the opinions of others are in dating choices.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
Tara Gold
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of the First Second books I've read, this is the first that seems like it's really meant for an older audience. Not adults, per se, but I would place it in the New Adult category. Jane and Jack both seem to have the kinds of jobs and lifestyles that point to them being in their 20's and still figuring life out a bit. Both have roommates and very little money to spend on dates, so they have to be creative about spending time together. Who knew that stealing products from old vending machines coul ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
At its core, it's a cute, charming little love story that is as much about honesty as it is about the touted "following your heart, not listening to what others say." Say what you will about (main character) Jack - yes, he's a huge screwup, a "layabout," with a minimum-wage job and basically no drive or ambition... but he's never dishonest, even about his most glaring faults. It's rare (and nice) to have a love story that skips past all the "Oh, I messed up, I'm going to hide it. Oh she found ou ...more
It's like "MEH: The comic book" for me. The plot is weak and the characters are unlikeable. I love unlikeable characters and some anti-heroes, but these 20-somethings are boring. Jane is supposed to be quirky but it just seems pointlessly immature. Jack is supposed to be goofy, but he actually seems like there's something wrong with him mentally. The exes and friends all seem needlessly bitter. Also, the roommates/bookclub was confusing because their names were doled out very slowly in the book ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The Cute Girl Network is a testament to modern day love stories. A graphic novel with a chick-lit twist, it provides a romantic comedy that will touch both the heart and the funny bone!

Although the storyline can tend to become stagnant at times, it's very hard not to like the two main protagonists, Jane and Jack. Their relationship - from the jokes, stumbling, stuttering and the awkwardness to the locked gazes and sweet smiles - is cheesy...and yet weirdly satisfying. Despite its somewhat juveni
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, graphicnovel
Cute little hetero-romcom. Yeah, it's got a bit of the hipster to it, a bit of a flail towards feminism. The illustrations are pretty bomb.

Just not where I'm at mentally right now. Which is kinda disappointing, bc this is normally my jam. I found myself more interested in side characters than the protagonists.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, comics
Sim ✨(wholesimreads)
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars

Wholesome story and good moral. Graphics were super cute but could have used more rep and maybe less problematic characters 😬
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I kind of (totally) hate the name of this comic, and my four stars are only mine (I really don't know that it would resonate much with anyone else), but the story told here is much like mine with my husband (and that has a mostly-happily-ever-after, so...).

It's cute.

Girl moves to town, meets silly and sweet boy that doesn't treat her like an accessory to boost his cred, enjoys dating him, but finds out that he's got a gaggle of angry exes who think he screwed them over. Said angry exes are all p
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't love this.

I like the art style, and who can resist that cover? But the story itself was okay. Just okay. Middle of the road for me. I had a very hard time telling how old everyone was supposed to be. We have Jane, our female protagonist living with roommates and seems to be financially independent. But then she jokes around about having a burrito baby after ingesting the food, and then saying "when you come out you're gonna be so smelly!" What adult does this?

To add in more co
I want a sequel all about Wendy and her documentary. That was some complex imaginative play those kids had going on with their Barbies.
Lizzie Huxley-Jones
Way too many uses of “spaz” and “retard”. No thanks.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wasn't super into this, but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on why. I like the idea that someone else's bad date may be just right for another person; and I liked the concept that sometimes, everyone else doesn't know best. But... instead of Jack coming across as a little silly, he made a series of choices that would really give me pause. I mean, maybe it's "silly" that he put his phone in a bag of chips that was thrown away, but... it kind of communicates a few things to me: A) He is ...more
Paula Lyle
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I liked Jane and Jack, but most of the rest of these people are horrible. They seem mean and bitter about life in general. Gives me pause about Jane and Jack, because why are they friends with these people?
Jillian -always aspiring-
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
2020 Read #330

I loved Jane as a character, but Jack was, er, pretty much as dumb as he was lauded. Sure, he’s a nice guy, but I don’t see “happily ever after” for Jane and Jack (though I think that might have been part of the point — “live in the moment and love who you love”).
Mary H
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as dnf
I started reading this, and every time I tried to tell myself to finish because it was an interlibrary loan that needed to go back, I had zero interest in picking it back up.
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
I liked it but I didn't love it. I thought I was getting a cute YA-ish romance, but it's more NA than anything. It's also a lot denser--not as fluffy as I thought it would be.
Ooooh wow, what a story! It was kind of hard for me to decide who the audience is for this story--I am actually leaning toward a new-adult graphic novel. And I say that because this story centers around Jane making decisions for herself vs listening to the Network.

If you are looking for a graphic novel that is quirky, real, and contemporary, then you should definitely put this graphic novel on your to read list.

It was kind of hard for me to decide who the audience is for this story. Originally,
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Cute Girl Network definitely has its heart in the right place. The greatest weakness is that the writing tries to do too much. It wants to be a feminist take on modern dating, it wants to have slapstick twenty-something-Girls-esque humor, it wants to be hipster-stylish, and it wants to comment on the nuances of skate culture. Any two of those would be fine for a derpy romance, but all four of them together saps the pacing and direction from the writing.

Graphic novel fans have seen this plot
Emilia P
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books, prepub
I was fairly glowing by the time I finished this -- it does a really great job of capturing how dopey, kooky, secretly dull people can have really nice relationships. Even if they do like to sleep till noon or are perpetually clumsy. Even if they love working at the soup cart. Even if they've messed up in relationships in the past! Wild! I also liked how it captured the way girls can be jerks about dictating the rules of relationships without thought to how much they care for their partner, and ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Source: Netgalley for review

Graphic Novels in black and white is popular this days and possibly necessary to keep comics in budget. A lot of black and white comics are hitting the shelves and quite frankly they are doing an excellent job. As I have said plenty of times in this blog, colors are not a necessity to enhance good stories. The cute girl network follows the blank and white trend of comics with good entertaining stories.

Jane and Jack are the MCs of this urban story. They find themselves
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I could see the point of this story coming from a mile away. Cute lead characters and really nice line art (this artist is GREAT at illustrating big, full page establishing scenes), but I was not fond of the "cool girl who is better than those other girls cause she rides a skateboard and doesn't take anyone's shit" trope. I also did not like the gross caricatures of the girly girls in 'The Network.' This book totally had some anti-feminist things going on - despite framing it around a feminist f ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
eh. This was ok. My feelings for this went from "interested" to "ugh, please can we stop with the ableist slurs" to "oy I get it, the network is classist and ableist and elitist" to "damnit, these ex's are so 1 dimensional and that character that has a hate-on for him is just portrayed as SUCH a shrew and argh I feel like the depiction of these characters is just weirdly sexist" to "ok, there was a redeemable ending."

I generally wouldn't recommend that someone else read this... it was "eh, ok."

Edit: July 2018 - I hate this book. He more I thought about this book over the last few years, the more I began to unwrap why it makes me so angry. It is the "nice guy" complex. Yeah, this boy is abusive and basically a guy wrote the comic so that when a boy walks off in the middle of making dinner and leaves for 5 days, then comes back and doesn't understand what he did wrong, he should get a second chance.

Fuck this book.

Old review:

The art is cute and there are some shining moments in the nove
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The charm of this story is that the premise is so likely. I've heard women wish for such a resource -info on men in a social circle, who to date and who to watch out for, etc. And I like how the protagonist holds her judgement until she gains a better understanding of the situation as a whole. I think the writing does cross the line of believability occasionally -some of the sarcasm is distracting, some of the characterization is over the top. However, on the whole, nice storytelling. And GREAT ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Boy and girl meet cute, then girl's new circle of friends introduces her to the Cute Girl Network to warn her off of the cute boy. Will she take their advice and run away, or trust her own instincts and give him a chance?

A fun read, with an adorkable couple. I was a bit dubious at first, but loved that Jane trusted herself. One person's asshole ex is another person's true love. I do wish the panels were in color.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
although I loved the variety of body shapes & use of fashion to distinguish character, the plot was heavy handed and in the end not much was at stake. though that was also a good part of the book as well- that the protag had a voice and (eventually) spoke up for herself. but I think that realistically she would have done so sooner. ...more
MB (What she read)
Very fun! It was so nice to read a graphic novel that where female characters did not only exist to sex up the male ones.

Why are these so rare? (Or maybe my seeking skills are just pathetic???)

May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cute little graphic novel on what it means to make mistakes, but also know that you are loved regardless.
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