Title: The Cute Girl Network
Author(s): MK Reed and Greg Means
Illustrator: Joe Flood
Publisher: First Second
Length: 192, Paperback
Genre: Graphic Novel, Romance
Rating: 5 Folded Pages
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 women. Poor Jane is about to learn every detail of Jack’s past misadventures… whether she wants to or not. Will love prevail?
In this graphic novel from Greg Means, Americus author MK Reed, and Joe Flood, the illustrator of Orcs, comes a fast, witty, and sweet romantic comedy that is actually funny, and actually romantic.
This graphic novel was so cute! I loved it and I’m glad I happened to see Cory Doctorow mention it on his Twitter.
I loved Jane. She’s down to Earth and will listen to what others say but also wants to form her own opinions and her relationship with Jack was adorable. They were perfect for each other. This is the first time a graphic novel had me grinning like an idiot and I definitely don’t regret it.
I admit it was a little hard to get into at first but I think that’s just because there is a lot more dialogue than I’m used to in a graphic novel and by about 20 pages in I had no problem. I just needed to adjust.
The other thing I loved was that this entire graphic novel was quite feministic but not in the way that I thought it would be. It completely surprised me and I loved the laid back way the authors handled it. Like it’s something that just should be and there’s no question about it.
This is the first time a graphic novel as received 5 folded pages from me and it was definitely well deserved.