Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks

I don't really know where to start with this one. It's a graphic novel, but it's very fun. I wouldn't call it a comic book either. Eh....

An amazon summary to get me somewhere on this one, "You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.

It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course!

In Faith Erin Hicks' and Prudence Shen's world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong. " AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

The amazon summary did a good job of summarizing, so I'm going to let it have it's day and delve into what worked and didn't work about the book.

I think this book was a very fun way to kind of peer into two stereotypical sides of high school: jocks vs geeks. It also brought about a fun way to forge some sort of truce between the two sides.

However, I would have liked to see even more sides to the different players that were present. I would have liked to see more about Nate's home life (we see a bit of Charlie's) and more of the cheerleader (Holly).

I LOVED how they had Joanna loving the robot and having more of a central role with the robot itself. It would have also been cool to see a male on the cheerleader's squad; but one can only ask for so much I suppose.

I also like how it was a good peek into how much family dynamics can play a pivotal role in anyone's life at any stage of life. I'm happy it didn't centralize on the now, but alluded to more background that led up the moments depicted so that Charlie didn't come across as a huge jerk.

Holly came across as a huge jerk, but that worked out nicely.

I also enjoyed how short the book was. It didn't spend a tedious amount of time trying to get scenes accomplished in the longer sense, but I would have liked to see more character development scenes.

I also loved when both Charlie and Nate were hiding under Charlie's bed while a raging party was happening in Charlie's house. Too perfect. :)

I liked it. It was nice, sweet, and gave a good glimpse at both the geeks and the cheerleaders. I would love to read more books by these authors.

Happy reading!

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