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The Plain Janes

(Janes #1-2 + Janes Attack Back)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Meet the Plain Janes--teenage artist activists on a mission to wake up their sleepy suburban town in this graphic novel bind up, perfect for fans of This One Summer and Awkward.

After getting caught in the midst of a terrorist attack on Metro City, artsy misfit Jane Beckles is forced to leave her beloved bustling metropolis for the boring suburb of Kent Waters. At first Jan
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An artist must be a reactionary.
Evelyn Waugh

& so to tenderness I add my action.
Aracelis Girmay

Art is a form of communication with the world, an expression of ideas, a reaction to the world around you. The PLAIN Janes b Cecil Castelucci and illustrated by Jim Rugg is a fantastic discussion on the importance of art in our lives and of the conversations that occur around it. It is also very dear to me on a number of levels. Just a quick flip through this book told me I needed to read it: street art
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review.

Please note that since this is an ARC, it only includes the first 2 installments and a sneak peek at the third installment. Therefore, my review is based only on these parts.

I really liked this graphic novel and the story it told. The book deals with many relevant topics such as terrorism and PTSD. I was happy that the book didn’t shy away with showing the mental effects that terrorism has on people. Jane’s m
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This was so unexpectedly good and it warmed my heart in a way that a book hasn't in a long time. THE PLAIN JANES is one of those books that manages to be hip and empowering without feeling like it's being too heavy-handed, which is a rarity in this day and age. Jane Beckles is a cool, artsy girl suffering from PTSD from a bombing. She feels the world is going crazy, spinning out of control to dark forces, and it's made her jaded.

She and
Sassy Sedusa
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book. it was cute and inspiring. i recommended it.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I was so bored, the characters are incredibly one-dimensional, and the main character is fairly unbearable most of the time. Pass.

Thank you so much to the Amazon Vine reviewer program for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Rod Brown
At first I thought this was just a re-release of the 2007 graphic novel, but it turns out it is an omnibus of that book, the 2008 sequel Janes in Love, and a previously unpublished third book called Janes Attack Back.

The Plain Janes Jan. 12, 2021 - two stars

I read this book back in 2007, and my recall is it was unmemorable teen junk. Indeed, I might as well have been reading it for the first time this time around, I remembered so little of it. The survivor of a bombing in the big city, Jane Beck
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Art saves!

This is the rallying cry of the Janes, a group of different girls, all named Jane, who are all dedicated to making things better in their small town. More beautiful, more interesting, especially in the wake of terror attacks and other terrifying events. Spurred on by Main Jane, who moved there from the big city after surviving a bomb attack. Troubled by the state of the world, wanting to make art, Jane rallies her friends, her school, to try and make a difference!

Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-rewind
Cecil is an auto-buy around these parts so to receive an early copy of the recently updated Plain Janes was such a treat! I was so engrossed I couldn’t put it down on a plane ride.

After tragedy strikes, Jane moves to a new community and turns to art as a way to bring herself back to stability and process her feelings. To do this, she recruits a few other Janes and they start a rebellion.

What I love most is the sensitive way that Cecil manages the emotions that Jane goes through as she is faced w
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Arc provided by HBG Canada. Definitely not for me. This one read as a sad moppy story about misfits who changes the school with art.
I got this through Vine to review. Before that I had not heard of the series. The review copy is black and white and only has the two previously published stories, not the third new one.

That said, I loved this enough I’ll be reading the actual release copy to finish the third story.

Jane was the survivor of a terrorist attack. She saved a young man’s life. She’s been visiting him regularly at the hospital as he’s in a coma as a John Doe. Then her parents decide the best course of action is to l
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing!! This story made me want to go out and yarn-bomb something...even though I neither knit or crochet (tried to learn both, but everything unraveled into a mess and I literally ended up tangled up in yarn).

Anyway... Great story and very inspiring how the Janes motivated an entire town to love art, from the Quiet Kid to the resident Queen Bee. Well...almost everyone. Officer Sanchez... WTF was that Piggy's problem with art and kids being creative? And why did he go out of his way to be so
"Is anywhere safe?"
"No. To be alive is to be unsafe. I am afraid of everything. But if we stay afraid, we don't live."

3-3.5 stars

This graphic novel is about healing after trauma, finding your tribe, and using art to express yourself and connect with your community. In a time when there is so much hate, violence and tragedy, art reminds us that there is still beauty in the world.
Steven R. McEvoy
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting years for the third Janes story. It is now coming out in an incredible 3 in 1 volume. A great conclusion to the series. Full review below.
This is a book nearly a decade in the making. Cecil and Jim collaborated on the first two Janes stores in 2007 and 2008. And had a third planned. And it never happened. I interviewed Cecil in 2010 and the working title of a third story at that point was Janes Go Summer. In this finally released three in one edition the title of the third
I had a hard time connecting with these characters. The first part was a lot more compelling than the second and third parts, as the same themes and issues are explored repeatedly for 450 pages. It got a bit repetitive and dull. This was a labor of love, but just not my cup of tea.
Good story but it felt like the story would never end leaving me with feelings of penance paid in purgatory.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
THE PLAIN JANES is a YA graphic novel that celebrates friendship and art. The book is in two parts for the first two graphic novels originally published years ago. THE PLAIN JANES tells of how Jane came to Kent Waters, a small town, found a group she wanted to call her own and began the PLAIN movement (People Loving Art In Neighborhoods). The second, JANES IN LOVE, continues this storyline as well as goes into the romances that the Janes have, centered around the Ides of March dance, where girls ...more
Andria Sedig
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I received a copy of this from the Novl via Goodreads and am so glad that I did. I don't keep up with graphic novel releases and this book was so cute. I loved the exploration of grief and overcoming trauma. I loved the role that art played in these stories. The art style was really cute as well. Highly recommend these graphic novels! ...more
Jaclyn Hillis
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-comix
The PLAIN Janes are artist activists on a mission to wake up their sleepy suburban town. Main Jane suffers from PTSD and uses art as a survival mechanism. She's determined to not let fear rule her life like it does her parents' and neighbors' lives. Armed with her sketchbook and a mission of resistance, the PLAIN Janes are out to prove that passion, bravery, and a group of great friends can save anyone from the hell that is high school.

I loved Jane’s bond with Miroslaw, and how having someone th
What an interesting book about art and friendship. I really enjoyed this story. It was unique and cute. I thought it also had a great look on PTSD. The relationship with the mother was also complicated and I appreciated that element as well.

My only complaint is that it felt a little unrealistic. I don't know what it was about the whole thing but it just seemed like something that couldn't really happen. The teens were great and I loved the symbolism of the whole "Art Saves". But it just didn't s
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
There were things I loved about this book and there things that made me go...”eh”, “hmmm”, and “ugh”.

I’d prefer to focus on what I liked!

* The overall message and theme of these stories are positive! Art is therapeutic and truly can save lives.

* The artwork is very cute. Love the character designs and color schemes used for the stories.

* It’s easy reading. I teach 4th grade and at the moment I have about five students I know are going to adore this book.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gettin-graphic, ya
I am so glad Plain Janes is back in print and with fresh art and an expanded story. Without Cecil Castellucci and the Janes, there would be no Smile, no Real Friends, no Roller Girl. Plain Janes paved the way for many of the beloved graphic novels today and I'm so excited to reintroduce them to this story. Art Saves. ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from TheNovl! Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Plain Janes

Author: Cecil Castellucci

Book Series: Janes Book 1-2 and Janes Attack Back

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

Genre: Graphic Novel Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (bombing TW, terroristic threats mention TW, hijinks and law breaking behavior in the name of art!)

Pages: 336

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Synopsis: Meet the Plain Janes--teenage artist activists on
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this high school graphic novel about a city girl named Jane, injured in a terrorist attack, whose parents move to the safety of a suburb. Jane doesn't like the blandness of the burbs but quickly finds her crowd in a group of girls all named Jane. City Jane inspires the group to start a spontaneous (yet planned out) community art movement, sparking community fears of unknown people defacing property. Meanwhile, there are the trials and tribulations of high school romance or lack thereof ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a meh for me. I give it three stars. I really wanted to love this more, but after a while it just got boring and hard to follow. I liked it for the first story, but soon after I lost interest. Also, color of the pages made it a little bit harder to read it. Overall, I think other people might like this book, but I didn't. Sad. ...more
Debby Vasquez
Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful sweet book about how any kind of art (music, writing, painting, street art) saves us and makes the world more special.

After Jane Beckles has a horrifying traumatic experience, she and her family move to the suburbs where she meets fellow outsiders and tries to show the sleepy town of Kent Waters that Art truly saves.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
This was another random pick off a library shelf that caught my eye - it sounded interesting enough to bring it home, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did.

This was honestly such a delightful read! The story itself, the language, the clear, aesthetic drawings... and the Polish guy. :D
Macy Davis
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really cool graphic novel! I love the limited color palette and how it changes with each of the three stories included in the book. The Janes are so fun with their own personalities, their guerilla art, and their changing views of friendship and the world.
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star Stone in the Sky, Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon) and Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

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