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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  86 reviews
After Erin Song's parents ban her from using her phone, TV, Internet, and all her screens, she soon discovers mysterious, strange creatures and must foil their plot to take over Earth in this sci-fi graphic novel for tweens.

Erin Song lives in a digital world. Everyone has a phone, a tablet, a computer—more screens than you can count. Even with a world of information at her
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Oni Press
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Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, colourful, entertaining.
♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
3 / 5 stars

[ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]

Unplugged and Unpopular is a graphic novel with underlying messages about technology and adorable illustrations. The story is about Erin Song who got punished from her parents by not allowing her to use mobile phone or any devices for one month. And when she went to the public library, she found that something was strange and unusual. She could see the monster but no one except two elderly twins who were in the library and her grandmother could see it
A digital graphic comic.

It’s aimed at Tweens but it does seem a bit on the daft side at times.
However the concept is acceptable because we have this girl who so much wants to be liked and accepted. But, she gets herself into trouble at school.

The results of that is for her parents to remove all her devices.

That surely in this day and age would peeve any child off.

But she discovers a whole bunch of things since not being able to use her technology devices!

Fun, entertaining and I can see Tweens
Julie Zantopoulos
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Rating and review by 8 yr old I nanny for who loved being able to read an arc I received at ALA.

She really loved this graphic novel about a girl who maybe was saved by being grounded! Technology turns evil but when she’s grounded and can’t have any it’s up to her and her grandmother to save everyone!

Three star for being mid level scary but it’s a fun story that was fast to read and had really cool art inside. The drawing and colors were awesome and detailed.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Erin Song lives in Culver City, California, with her parents. She hasn’t managed to crack the popularity code yet.
While her best friend Cody doesn’t care about popularity, Erin does. This results in her going against her better judgement and helping the most popular girl in school cheat off her during an exam. When they get caught Erin’s parents ground her. Her punishment? No access to anything with a screen, so basically her entire existence.

When she’s no longer attached to her phone Erin
Sigh. This just wasn't for me.

Erin Song is grounded from using electronic devices after cheating on a test in a wild attempt at becoming popular in school, and while that's pretty nope, turns out aliens are kidnapping people by using electronic mind-control. Cue Erin having to save the world.

The idea is great, but the execution was lacking a bit.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
*thank you to Netgalley, Oni Press, Mike Amante and Mat Heagerty for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

I really enjoyed this! I thought it sounded like a really good idea for a story and I was right. It's about a girl named Erin who ends up getting banned of using her technology such as her Phone, Tablet and Laptop. Now, I grew up as one of those where these items weren't as they are now, until I was a teenager. (I'm 34) And even then it was a big deal for an older
Jun 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I was on the fence to begin with, but I stopped reading when the main character went into an empty library with librarians that claimed "we've been a bit slow the last couple decades. The internet hasn't been too kind to out kind." WTF - when was the last time the author went into a library? The internet has helped us thrive. It doesn't set itself up to be dystopian either, so that excuse is out.

And no, I don't care if the librarians come back later and super help out- it's an inaccurate
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
This was a fun little story about technology brainwashing humanity while aliens kidnapped humans right before their eyes. Our main character goes on a journey to rescue the abducted, along with some other unlikely heroes. It was a nice adventure story. I really enjoyed the colorful cartoon-like artwork. I feel like this would make a great live action cartoon! It was a little more juvenile than I expected, although it makes sense with the main character being young herself. It had a great message ...more
Jill Kenna
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy.

This book is about Erin Song and the technology dependent world that she lives in. After she gets in trouble at school, Erin's parents take away all of her technology! She must travel to the local library in order to do research for a school paper. Outside of the library she sees a weird pink creature capture a human and make him disappear. She goes inside and is stunned to learn that the librarians know what's going on! It's an alien invasion! Now
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Despite the first page, where books were disparaged (part of the plot, I know, but it still irked), this book ended up being quite cute and had a rather powerful, if sometimes subtle, message. The obvious message, look up from your screen devices once in a while to see the reality of the world around you. The subtle one? Older people ROCK and shouldn't be ignored just because they are old. Old doesn't mean useless or stupid. Honestly, I think that message is just as important, if not more so, ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this comic.

We follow Erin, a young girl who’s only dream is to be popular. After trying her hardest to impress the most popular girl in school, she ends up getting sent to detention and a phone call home. To punish her for her bad behaviour, Erin’s parents confiscate her phone/computer/Tv for a whole month. Not knowing what to do with herself now she doesn’t have ‘instagram’ to entertain her, Erin wonders down to the library only to discover there is an alien invasion going on. But, only
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgally I was able to receive this ARC for an honest review!!!

Average Rating: * (4.4)

Plot: (4.0)
I loved the premise throughout this whole book. It was easy to follow and the pacing really helped. However the only issue I had with the plot was the beginning, I totally understand that Erin needed to do something really bad in order for her to get technology taken away from her, but I believe what she did is just a personal preference of why I wouldn’t do what she did, otherwise it
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming book with a heartfelt message and delightful art. Mat’s characters are lovable, and Tintin’s artwork really pops off the page. This is a totally accessible book for young kids who aren’t huge readers yet!
The style of this graphic novel was fantastic, I really enjoyed how it was colored, it seemed bright and fun. I liked the story too, it was intriguing, and it was executed really well.
It was enjoyable and entertaining, an afternoon well spent. If you're interested in picking it up, definitely do it.

*Copy receive through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review
*Rating: 4/5 stars
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Erin Song isn't exactly unpopular, but she'd not in the popular group at school either. She has the chance to level up when popular girl Wendy asks her to help her cheat on an exam. However, they get caught and Erin's parents ban her from all electronic devices for a month - no smart phone, no lap top, no internet. This is Erin's worst nightmare until she makes a startling discovery. In her now 'unplugged' world she can see that aliens are ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy.*

Aw, how cute was this? I loved the plot and the underlying messages. The artwork was super cute and the writing was just funny enough. Solid read.
Shawna Thompson
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun! Unplugged and Unpopular is a laugh a page. I could see it working well for kids who are past Dog Man but not quite to Raina. If you don't fall in love with the character Grandma you might not have a pulse! Tintin Pantoja's art is so much fun and makes the action feel big. There's a valuable message about limiting screen time that is hidden behind enough fun sci-fi that kids might just take it in. I received an arc of the book from a friend who attend ALA Annual.

Unplugged and Unpopular is about Erin Song, who doesn't understand why she's so unpopular. She would do anything to become more popular, including helping the most popular girl in class cheat on a test. When she was caught, her parents grounded her and banned all technology. Without the distraction of technology, Erin starts noticing strange things happening around her (like aliens running amok, and people going missing). It's up to Erin to get to the bottom of this mystery and possibly
Yes, yes, yes, we know, if you onlky have your face in your phone all the time you miss stuff.

In this slightly heavy handed story, Erin, and all her friends are always in front of some sort of electronic device, as are her parents.

But there are clues that there is something odd going on, while everyone is staring at their screens. For one thing, there is a photo of the family, with a young man in it, and yet her parents say she is an only child.

And then, Erin has her electronic privileges taken
I received a copy of this comic at NetGalley.

In this comic we follow Erin who isn't a popular girl.
She and the rest of the population are addicted to their phones.
When Erin has been punished and her mobile devices are taken away, she is forced to do her homework in the library. When she wants to enter the library she sees an alien.

I found that the story was sometimes a little confusing and that it went too quickly, but I really recommend this comic to everyone who is addicted to their phones.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really entertaining read! Cool illustrations, fun dialogue and lovable characters while also addressing themes such as the role of technology, equality and ageism in society.
Beulah Jenifer
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling, graphic novel on aliens, invasion and an unpopular school girl! Owen Song lives in a gadget world all about mobiles, tablets, laptops, and internet. She's unpopular in school always teased and bullied. On a particular day, she's bullied and goes to the Principals office and later gets grounded for a month without gadgets and internet at home.

She sees aliens, and strange things happen around her. She along with her grandma and grandpa twins has to save this world, from aliens. An
I received this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Review to come in October.
Jakob Free
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book skews toward a younger audience, I quite enjoyed it. It's got a great central premise, a compelling protagonist, snappy dialogue, and wonderful art. Would definitely recommend this to parents of younger children looking to get them started on comics.
J.D. DeHart
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colorful, vivid — a wonderful text to share with young readers (or just enjoy). The art is eye-catching, for sure. Yet another strong graphic novel offering from this publisher.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Digital Arc copy provided by netgalley.

Unplugged and unpopular is a cute hilarious graphic novel with a deep underlying message. It tells a story from a preteens p.o.v where technology literally took over the world, thanks to aliens. Everyone around her is so stuck on their phones/tv screens to actually notice the real world around them. The world that's now infested with little purple aliens trying to splice their genes together and create one giant super army. Luckily enough the preteen Erin
The Georgia Book Belle
*I received a copy of this graphic novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

There is so much beyond our glowing screens. Apparently aliens are one of those things. I’m Unplugged and Unpopular, the main character Erin, lives in a not so distant future where all we have is computer screens. Tablets, TVs, computers, cell phones, and more have replaced things like regular books. Everyone is glued to their devices. When Erin is grounded for helping the popular girl cheat on a test, she is
Amber Smith
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this free review copy graphic novel at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved this so much! I loved Erin. She was a fun and lovable character. The artwork was fabulous. I would definitely read something else by Mat Heagerty! The story was different and unique. I loved the concept. When you first meet Erin she is just like every young teen, but she grows so much in this graphic novel!
Pop Bop
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Pretty Basic

Our heroine is banished by her parents from using electronic devices, and when that happens she breaks free from an alien brainwashing plot, recognizes the aliens for what they are, and coordinates a rebellion with others who have avoided electronics and escaped the aliens' clutches.

We touch a lot of the expected bases. Our heroine, Erin, is not very popular. She's obsessed with cell phones and social media. She thinks old people are smelly and creepy. Erin ends up learning that
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Mat Heagerty is a chipper bartender and comic book writer. His comics are mostly for middle grade and YA audiences, they're often humorous, sometimes sci-fi, but they're always full of heart. He lives in the Bay Area where he happily orbits around his daughter, wife, and black lab.