Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Giant Days by John Allison

This graphic novel has been floating around the library for a couple of months now and I decided to pick it up on a whim the other day.  I'm so glad that I did!  I wasn't expecting much from this comic but it was fun and funny and I loved the characters.  I actually really want to hang out with them...

These comics are about three roommates at college in England.  They manage to be similar enough to get along and different enough to stand out.  Susan, the strong, feminist of the group who runs her own paper zine; Daisy, the innocent one of the group who was home schooled and experiencing most things for the first time; and Esther, the emo girl who seems fated to attract drama wherever she goes.

When we meet the group, we learn that their first weeks together have been eventful.  First they helped Esther fight off the head of a snooty group of private school girls.  Then they helped Esther deal with a painful break up.  After that they saved Esther from some mystical society she accidentally joined.  Susan bets Esther that she can't be drama-free for three whole days.  Of course, that seems to be the key to attracting even more drama.

Soon, Susan is faced with her arch-nemesis, a good-looking guy named McGraw who sports a fantastic mustache.  Daisy is being introduced to the kind of feelings she's not particularly experienced in.  Even Esther attracts a more common kind of drama when she is voted 3rd Hottest Freshman on a misogynistic website.

Giant Days was just a quick, fun little read and I can't wait for the next collection to come out. -RYQ

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