Posted by Venus on Friday, August 8, 2014
Labels: graphic novels
Illustrations by Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: May 7, 2013
You wouldn't expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie is the captain of the basketball team and Nate is his robotic obsessed next door neighbor. Then, Nate declares war on the cheerleaders when they threaten to take away his funds for the robotic championship in exchange for new cheerleader uniforms. Soon the two boys are locked into a fight that neither really wants that quickly gets out of hand.
Despite the obvious cliche of two groups fighting over school funds and the mean girl cheerleader stereotype, this was actually very enjoyable. The characters are neurotic, energetic, and and keep the story fun. There is heart to the story as well, but the pacing and plot never felt weighed down or slow. There are just so many great moments in this book that had me laughing out loud, so much character. I loved Nate and Charlie's friendship, because the truth is sometimes we are friends with people that, on paper, don't always look like a good match, but somehow it works.
As a graphic novel this one really worked. It was a quick read that kept me smiling through the combination of writing and illustration. Oh, did I mention there are robot wars? Yeah.