Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School, #1)
Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School, #1) Details

TitleAwkward (Berrybrook Middle School, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2015
PublisherJY
ISBN-139780316381307
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Comics, Young Adult

Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School, #1) Review

  • Rachel Russell
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed this author's books since her early series, DRAMACON. The intense rivalry between the art club and the science club was fun and exciting.
  • Pang
    January 1, 1970
    So freakin cute! This comic is very fun and impressive to me. The Art club girl and The Science club boy and their awkward fun story. This book just made me laugh a lot! Made me smile. Made me happy. The picture are very well done. So much love this! ><'
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe how cute, adorable, hug-worthy this book is. Especially with such a title. I think the ''awkward'' moments made things even more charming. So this is Peppi's story, Peppi who thought she was prepared for middle school but realizes she may not have everything figured out. Peppi who makes the mistake of acting like a bully would on her first day, thus ruining someone else's first day.But when she joins the art club and sees more of the boy she was rude to (who is part of the scienc I can't believe how cute, adorable, hug-worthy this book is. Especially with such a title. I think the ''awkward'' moments made things even more charming. So this is Peppi's story, Peppi who thought she was prepared for middle school but realizes she may not have everything figured out. Peppi who makes the mistake of acting like a bully would on her first day, thus ruining someone else's first day.But when she joins the art club and sees more of the boy she was rude to (who is part of the science club) she is determined to make things right... apologize. But she is so embarrassed! It's all very cute in its awkwardness.Peppi is someone very easy-going. It really isn't her style to be mean to people. You'll see, she'll rock your socks off. She is especially the right kind of heroine for a manga, because of all her funny expressions. She's an introvert, but she doesn't hide her feelings well, which actually makes it extremely easy to connect with her. And Jaime, aww, poor Jaime. He is the sweetest! I loved their interactions the most, although the storyline itself is so interesting. The rivalry between the art and science club always made me chuckle. This is perfect for young readers because it shows how important it is to be open to others, even if you think they are completely different from you. Actually, they might be more similar than you think. Pretty honorable theme, if you ask me. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • First Second Books
    January 1, 1970
    Gina says: One of the things I really liked about this book was how diverse it was.It wasn’t just that the main character was diverse (though she is), but that the background characters represent a good mix of genders, ethnicities, and abilities – both at school and at home. It really felt like the author thought about every single character she put into the book and made them represent people from all around our culture – in a really seamless way.Yay for that!Calista says: I read this book too! Gina says: One of the things I really liked about this book was how diverse it was.It wasn’t just that the main character was diverse (though she is), but that the background characters represent a good mix of genders, ethnicities, and abilities – both at school and at home. It really felt like the author thought about every single character she put into the book and made them represent people from all around our culture – in a really seamless way.Yay for that!Calista says: I read this book too! And I liked all of those things also! I also liked how much plot and substance there was in it, even though it wasn't super duper long, and it never felt crowded or too dense. It was exactly the right amount of story. I feel like that's true of THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE also, and I wish it were true of more graphic novels for kids.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    This charming graphic is shelved as YA but would be entirely appropriate for upper elementary. A sweet story about a diverse group of students who must learn to work together to arrive at a shared goal, this one has a positive message without being unrealistic or overly sappy. After the story, the author provides insight into character development and detailed information on the steps and hard work involved in creating a graphic novel (6-7 hours per page), as well as contagious enthusiasm for he This charming graphic is shelved as YA but would be entirely appropriate for upper elementary. A sweet story about a diverse group of students who must learn to work together to arrive at a shared goal, this one has a positive message without being unrealistic or overly sappy. After the story, the author provides insight into character development and detailed information on the steps and hard work involved in creating a graphic novel (6-7 hours per page), as well as contagious enthusiasm for her craft. I was entertained and touched by this book. I would hand it to my nine-year-old without hesitation. 4.5 stars
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, simple little story that was recommended to me by my child, who loved this book (read it repeatedly before telling me to read it.)Penelope is the new kid at school who starts the year off by pushing a boy who's looked down on by others. She regrets her action, and spends several weeks attempting to deal with it. There is also ongoing drama between the after school art club (Penelope's a member) and the science club (the boy is a member). And something else I really liked about this story: t Fun, simple little story that was recommended to me by my child, who loved this book (read it repeatedly before telling me to read it.)Penelope is the new kid at school who starts the year off by pushing a boy who's looked down on by others. She regrets her action, and spends several weeks attempting to deal with it. There is also ongoing drama between the after school art club (Penelope's a member) and the science club (the boy is a member). And something else I really liked about this story: the kids, their families and the teachers reflected people of different races, cultures and body types. The artwork has a manga-like look, and there is minimal use of colour; I liked how the panels really conveyed the kids' energy.(Note: This book, and several others, was selected by the province's Library Association as part of a yearly program to expose kids to Canadian authors and, of course, to promote literacy.)
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    Hands down one of the best comics I've read all year!Hilarious, thoughtful, and full of heart, Awkward showcases a wonderful array of genuine characters. This comic casually includes characters of color (many who are successful and/or in positions of power), a disabled mother (who is also fantastic and successful), multiethnic families, dysfunctional families, a wonderful discussion on the merits of art and science and whether they're truly opposites, and a boy-girl friendship that isn't romanti Hands down one of the best comics I've read all year!Hilarious, thoughtful, and full of heart, Awkward showcases a wonderful array of genuine characters. This comic casually includes characters of color (many who are successful and/or in positions of power), a disabled mother (who is also fantastic and successful), multiethnic families, dysfunctional families, a wonderful discussion on the merits of art and science and whether they're truly opposites, and a boy-girl friendship that isn't romantic!! Need I say more?This comic made me laugh, smile, clutch my chest, and it made me feel good. We need more books like this that just make people feel good because they render the world in a real and genuine way.I hope Svetlana Chmakova makes more middle grade comics, because the world needs her art and her perspective. I will be recommending this book to every human I know!
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  • Mississippi Library Commission
    January 1, 1970
    We're going to be recommending this darling graphic novel to everyone we meet. Aimed at 8-12 year old kids, Awkward will appeal to teens and adults as well. There are so many things we loved about it: it's smart, it's funny, it's diverse in multiple ways, it's got art and science and geocaching, and it's downright adorable. Most of all, the characters reach out and grab their readers' hearts. We wanted to hug each and every one of them by the time we reached the very satisfying ending. Highly re We're going to be recommending this darling graphic novel to everyone we meet. Aimed at 8-12 year old kids, Awkward will appeal to teens and adults as well. There are so many things we loved about it: it's smart, it's funny, it's diverse in multiple ways, it's got art and science and geocaching, and it's downright adorable. Most of all, the characters reach out and grab their readers' hearts. We wanted to hug each and every one of them by the time we reached the very satisfying ending. Highly recommended.
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  • Jacob Proffitt
    January 1, 1970
    I just devoured this story. It's a comic, so a fast read, but I was just so charmed by it that I didn't want to put it down for even a moment. Chmakova so perfectly captures that age and the concerns and social dynamics. I really loved both the affection and clarity that engages memory, sympathy, and even a little healing by taking those awkward dynamics and illustrating a way through them that was both plausible and hopeful. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Peppi and Jaime are such wonderfully I just devoured this story. It's a comic, so a fast read, but I was just so charmed by it that I didn't want to put it down for even a moment. Chmakova so perfectly captures that age and the concerns and social dynamics. I really loved both the affection and clarity that engages memory, sympathy, and even a little healing by taking those awkward dynamics and illustrating a way through them that was both plausible and hopeful. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Peppi and Jaime are such wonderfully realistic people and so carefully drawn (both literally and, uh, figuratively...).Plus, I have the added bonus of looking forward to gushing about it with my enthusiastic daughter tomorrow. I love when she gets engaged with something because she throws her whole heart over and this is a love I can share in that same way. Worth all the stars even before that part, but that's always a boost.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    So adorable!I'm glad I read the second book, Brave, first because it put this one into a more favorable context; I think I'd have been peevish in my reading had I not known what comes next. Awkward is a little awkward, it doesn't quite have its flow, yet. Everything that comes off so gracefully in the next book - diverse characters, middle-school problems, family problems - feel a little more forced, less organic, in this first volume.Regardless, it's a great start, following the very likeable a So adorable!I'm glad I read the second book, Brave, first because it put this one into a more favorable context; I think I'd have been peevish in my reading had I not known what comes next. Awkward is a little awkward, it doesn't quite have its flow, yet. Everything that comes off so gracefully in the next book - diverse characters, middle-school problems, family problems - feel a little more forced, less organic, in this first volume.Regardless, it's a great start, following the very likeable and relatable Penelope as she enters a new school and makes a mistake the very first day, a gaffe that haunts her for weeks to come. Shyness, bullying, social acceptance, competition, working together, friendship, forgiveness, parental pressure to succeed, family fighting, and daily middle school survival are all themes in this story.Characters have defined personalities beyond the way they're drawn, which are built up further in Brave. Adults are supportive, for the most part - no Dahlian parents or teachers here! You know, had my middle school been peopled with these characters, I'd have had crushes on 90% of the population, both teachers and students! The one weird thing I've noticed, though, is a lack of siblings. I have never encountered so many single-child families represented in a middle grade book. So far, Letitia and Felicity are the sole representation of sisters in the school; the three households we get to visit are only child households. That was strange to me but maybe it's an accurate reflection of contemporary families, I have no idea.Highly recommended for fans of Raina Telgemeier and of Roller Girl. And, seriously, make sure this is in both your school and public library because this needs to be available to kids everywhere.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. The characters were so diverse in diffrent ways. It was also very reflective of how middle schoolers act when boys and girls are friends. I loved all the people's relationships with their parents.
  • Melissa McShane
    January 1, 1970
    Svetlana Chmakova is one of my favorite cartoonists and a fabulous writer. I'm not sure if I love Dramacon Ultimate Edition or Nightschool The Weirn Books better, but now I'm certain Awkward will be one of my new favorites. She captures so perfectly the terrible awkwardness that is middle school, with all the fears and worries and pain. In her fear of being mocked, Peppi makes a huge mistake and embarrasses Jaime, whose only crime is trying to help her. Poor Peppi, unable to find a way to apolog Svetlana Chmakova is one of my favorite cartoonists and a fabulous writer. I'm not sure if I love Dramacon Ultimate Edition or Nightschool The Weirn Books better, but now I'm certain Awkward will be one of my new favorites. She captures so perfectly the terrible awkwardness that is middle school, with all the fears and worries and pain. In her fear of being mocked, Peppi makes a huge mistake and embarrasses Jaime, whose only crime is trying to help her. Poor Peppi, unable to find a way to apologize, instead learns to avoid Jaime--until she ends up in a position where she can't ignore him. Combine this with the rivalry of the art club and the science club, and you end up with a marvelous story about friendship that resonates with honesty. I particularly loved that the science club is popular for having won the school a lot of awards; when I was in high school, the science club was where all the cool kids hung out. My daughter tells me the sequel, Brave, is even better. Fortunately she bought both as a result of our buying orgy at Powell's last weekend.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely one of the best middle grade graphic novels that I've read. I loved the characters, the middle school setting, the conflict that arises between the two student clubs-science and art, and the glimpse at what it means to be a friend. As a teacher, the characters in the story display problem-solving skills and work on resolving their existing conflict. I know my grade 7 and 8 girls have really enjoyed this story as well. It probably would grab the attention of young girls in grad This is definitely one of the best middle grade graphic novels that I've read. I loved the characters, the middle school setting, the conflict that arises between the two student clubs-science and art, and the glimpse at what it means to be a friend. As a teacher, the characters in the story display problem-solving skills and work on resolving their existing conflict. I know my grade 7 and 8 girls have really enjoyed this story as well. It probably would grab the attention of young girls in grades 4-6 as well.
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  • sanchez
    January 1, 1970
    Compared to the second book in the series, this one is average. (Brave (the second book) is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read – honestly, it’s amazing READ IT NOW.) Awkward actually – well, the storyline is cliche. I got occasionally bored while reading it, but it was overall fun and a huge mood-lifter.First – this is a spoiler, I guess, but it doesn’t really matter (in my opinion) – I’m so glad that Jaime and Peppi’s relationship didn’t get romantic. They’re good friends by the end of th Compared to the second book in the series, this one is average. (Brave (the second book) is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read – honestly, it’s amazing READ IT NOW.) Awkward actually – well, the storyline is cliche. I got occasionally bored while reading it, but it was overall fun and a huge mood-lifter.First – this is a spoiler, I guess, but it doesn’t really matter (in my opinion) – I’m so glad that Jaime and Peppi’s relationship didn’t get romantic. They’re good friends by the end of the book, even with their awkward first encounter, and that’s great. I would’ve cringed if they started dating because a) I wouldn’t like it and b) I wouldn’t like it and c) I wouldn’t like it at all. Just…a whole web of issues was avoided with this decision and I personally think they’re better as friends anyway.…For now. My shipper heart is also screaming possibilities. They’d make a good couple in the future. But as of now, they’re good as friends.What else did I want to talk about? Oh, yes! Peppi – our MC – is a very nice character. Very very nice. She’s also kind of cliche, but she’s also very reliable. When one of her friends has a deadline to meet, she helps her and they finish at like 2:00 a.m. in the morning. Or something like that. Maybe 12 a.m.? I don’t know, all I remember was laughing really really hard because they both looked really dead.Quick tangent –> I was also laughing at this part because they finished at 2 (possibly.) In the morning. What lucky people. Middle school problems, am I right?Before I get off topic, let’s get…back on topic (I have literally no idea how I was planning to end that). Basically I grew to like Peppi and…I think the word I’m looking for is appreciate. I appreciate her. I’ve been shoved all the work before and have had to work to compensate for other lazy people, so as someone who’s been in Peppi’s friend’s position, I really appreciate it. So I like her. End of story.Just a quick PSA: THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEPPI’S. If you’re a Peppi, I APPRECIATE YOU. BECAUSE YOU ALL ARE AMAZING.And Jaime. Jaime is great, but he also suffers from Side-Character Syndrome. I wish he was more developed! He seems cool – also cliche but I’m willing to overlook this – and awkward. Hehe, get it? The book is called Awkward, I called Jaime awkward? Actually…is that even a joke?…I’m smart, I swear.So basically, he’s cool but awkward. I’m like him!! Except minus the cool part. We would’ve been best friends in middle school.Also, I kind of wish the whole war of art club vs. science club never happened? It was very trite. Look at me, using fancy words. (Yes, trite is a fancy word.) But back on topic! Uuuggghhh. Could not keep my attention. In that way, this graphic novel felt a lot more immature than Brave. And because of that, the story didn’t captivate me the same way.But it’s still a very solid read, with many good characters! There’s good rep too – there are quite a few PoC characters. Though this story didn’t resonate with me the same way Brave did, I still recommend it.-------------------------------------------------------------------------11/11/18: I am now reading everything by this author and ignoring my insanely long TBR. (Why am I like this??)RTC
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I can tell already I will need to buy an additional copy or two of this for my library. I'm definitely going to be recommending it to all the Raina Telgemeir fans. I thought this was a great graphic novel. There were a lot of things I liked about this beyond the story: the friendship between the main character and the boy whose name I forgot and that there weren't romantic overtones or worries; that one of the characters is in a wheelchair and it's never mentioned-it just is; that Penelope stand I can tell already I will need to buy an additional copy or two of this for my library. I'm definitely going to be recommending it to all the Raina Telgemeir fans. I thought this was a great graphic novel. There were a lot of things I liked about this beyond the story: the friendship between the main character and the boy whose name I forgot and that there weren't romantic overtones or worries; that one of the characters is in a wheelchair and it's never mentioned-it just is; that Penelope stands up to some bullies; that there is an art and science club; that the science teacher is a super cool woman with a bride of Frankenstein streak in her hair; that the principal is only a voice over the loudspeaker. And besides all that I thought it was a good story. Recommended.
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  • Adrienne Pettinelli
    January 1, 1970
    "Build things. Build friendships. Build yourself."
  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    This book is absolutely amazing! The characters are all diverse and three dimensional, each of them have a backstory and a personality. The main character,Peppi is amazing and is a very life like charcter. All of the other characters in the art and science club are absolutely amazing and I love them so much! ❤💛💚💜💙I'm going to be obsessing over this book for days! This book is absolutely amazing! The characters are all diverse and three dimensional, each of them have a backstory and a personality. The main character,Peppi is amazing and is a very life like charcter. All of the other characters in the art and science club are absolutely amazing and I love them so much! ❤️💛💚💜💙I'm going to be obsessing over this book for days!
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  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the artwork, loved the message, loved the diversity and realisticness of the characters, loved the design gallery and drawing process overview in the back.Fans of Raina Telgemeier will absolutely enjoy this one. Can't wait for Svetlana Chmakova to write another graphic novel...maybe about the newspaper club next time?
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  • Kahlil Kinser
    January 1, 1970
    Great pacing and great character develop mix together with good story telling and even a moral tossed in. The characters are highly relatable and the art clearly has a manga influence in it done right. Overall, this was a very fun read.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this because it shows how girls and boys can be friends too, and this was a pretty short read (for me, at least).
  • Mir
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3.5 in terms of my personal interest, but I haven't been an awkward middle school dork for quite a few years.
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, with a message that isn't hammered too hard.
  • Lyra
    January 1, 1970
    This was a super fun story about friendship, overcoming prejudice and preconceptions, making amends for your mistakes, and working together while having differences. I really, really enjoyed it. I'm marking it as children's and middle grade, although I think people who are older can enjoy it as well. The cast is super diverse, and not just racially (although that is also true). I was also pretty pleased that the boy-girl friendship didn't move into the romance realm (that happens so much, even w This was a super fun story about friendship, overcoming prejudice and preconceptions, making amends for your mistakes, and working together while having differences. I really, really enjoyed it. I'm marking it as children's and middle grade, although I think people who are older can enjoy it as well. The cast is super diverse, and not just racially (although that is also true). I was also pretty pleased that the boy-girl friendship didn't move into the romance realm (that happens so much, even with our kids! boys and girls can be friends!).
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  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    This is really sweet and funny! I appreciated the lesson that sometimes people can do shitty things just because they're feeling nervous and that amends can still be made. And the art is adorable! A great one for Raina Telgemeier devotees.
  • Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
    January 1, 1970
    This was really cute and sweet but the plot was not very unique and wasn't very interesting. ❤
  • leslie delgadillo
    January 1, 1970
    *spoiler warning*Haven't read and don't want to it too be spoiled? then don't read!Have you ever had those awkward moments with friends especially with new ones?well I have and Penelope and Jamie the main characters of awkward have too. The genre of the book is realistic fiction. Awkward was a good book because it's realistic,relatable and connection with the reader at certain points.So in the book awkward Penelope goes to a new school and on her first they trips and falls and Jamie comes to hel *spoiler warning*Haven't read and don't want to it too be spoiled? then don't read!Have you ever had those awkward moments with friends especially with new ones?well I have and Penelope and Jamie the main characters of awkward have too. The genre of the book is realistic fiction. Awkward was a good book because it's realistic,relatable and connection with the reader at certain points.So in the book awkward Penelope goes to a new school and on her first they trips and falls and Jamie comes to help but once Penelope gets notice by the bullies cause of jamie penelope decides to push him away and run.After that she felt guilty of what she did so she tries to apologize to jamie meanwhile the art club the club that penelope participates, finds out that they been kicked out of the school fair club in exchange for the science club which the is the club jamie is part of and the two clubs get into a war but while that happens jamie and penelope finally meet each other and penelope gets to apologize but with the war both clubs ended getting suspended.so since both jamie and penelope were both upset just as much as the other kids they decide to work together to show that both clubs can work together and hopefully get them back.the plan works and they get their clubs back along with with also participating in the fair and finally getting the clubs to along.the setting in the story takes place in modern city in a middle school called berrybroke middle schoool and thats where most of the story happens cause thats were peppi(penelope)goes to, where the clubs are hosted at and the school all the background and main characters go at.the conflict i awkward would be person vs. self because peppi has a hard time not knowing what to do and not knowing what would be the consequence of her actions.A example would like if she became friends with jamie would the art club use her to get information or would jamie do that to her.the theme of the story would be working together and friendship because it takes friendship of two kids to help to clubs to get along and work together.Peppi's motivation was the clubs and her friends throughout the story.Penelope's motivation is very well put and showed within the story.It shows she really cares about her friends and the clubs when she did many things such as staying to friends house to do a project to save her club or coming up with a idea to save or get back the clubs back after noticing how sad everyone looked.(even the teachers!)It also shows the theme through the story because peppi solves her problems with friendship working together.like at the near ending it took her friendship to come up with a idea and making the clubs work together solve the main issue at the point.the characters peppi and jamie were very similar yet also different in many ways because they both were motivated caring and kind.But peppi is more calm and shy well jamie is a bit outgoing when he's in a group he fits in and is very excited and happy.i was really happy at the ending of the story because in the end they congratulate each other for getting the clubs back but then get bullied but both clubs step up for them. they also don't get together or have some type of romance like some cliches which made me happy because even though that cliche is cute it gets used to much at times and well i was very happy when the author didn't do it.I would rate awkward 5 stars because of its realistic events characters and story. i would recommend this book to readers who like comedy and realistic fiction.Also to kids who are new to some school cause they move or they couldn't go and deal with experiences like these so they know they're not alone.awkward was great book intotal and you never know maybe something like this could happen to you one day.
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  • typewriterdeluxe
    January 1, 1970
    This would be a GREAT gift for middle school to high school "liberal arts types" kids who are showing signs of being cliquey / are having trouble getting along with kids who seem different from them. As an adult reading this book I felt that the art vs. science divide was a bit extreme/simplistic, but I *KNOW* that I would have benefited from reading this book as a teenager when the "issue" of 'us vs them' was a daily reality (because I was a pretentious little nerd brat). That said, experiencin This would be a GREAT gift for middle school to high school "liberal arts types" kids who are showing signs of being cliquey / are having trouble getting along with kids who seem different from them. As an adult reading this book I felt that the art vs. science divide was a bit extreme/simplistic, but I *KNOW* that I would have benefited from reading this book as a teenager when the "issue" of 'us vs them' was a daily reality (because I was a pretentious little nerd brat). That said, experiencing the emotional rollercoaster of this book is real even as an adult. (Stress, elation, confusion, exhaustion, adrenaline rush, hilarity, heart-warming awesomeness, etc.) And although this book is primarily a comedy, there are also a couple of heavy bits that tether the story from floating into the land of completely-unrealistic adolescent representation that we see so much in books and movies. The main character is unlikeable at times, but very relatable-- and I reminded myself that the things I was faulting her for were things I've done myself but would rather forget.And finally, on top of the story, Svetlana Chmakova's art is GREAT! Her art is expressive but clean, the character designs are realistic and easy to tell apart (which, believe me, can be a huge issue in comics), and there is a lot of visual humor going on that I appreciated. Chmakova even put together an 'easter egg hunt' for the reader when they finish the story that boosts the re-readability of the book. The whole chunk of pages at the end that are a combo of 'meet the author/artist' and a summary of the creative process for comic book creation would be really cool for a budding artist and/or writer to see.
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  • P.
    January 1, 1970
    Chmakova is giving Raina Telgemeier a run for her money with this fast-paced but chock full of social-lessons story. But I'm not one to pit women comics writers and illustrators against each other just because they are good at what they do. Really I'm just so happy that this is published so I have more great books in the same vein to recommend to teens and tweens. This isn't a Telgemeier rip off, it is another book of great quality. A story of a new girl who makes a mistake on her first day and Chmakova is giving Raina Telgemeier a run for her money with this fast-paced but chock full of social-lessons story. But I'm not one to pit women comics writers and illustrators against each other just because they are good at what they do. Really I'm just so happy that this is published so I have more great books in the same vein to recommend to teens and tweens. This isn't a Telgemeier rip off, it is another book of great quality. A story of a new girl who makes a mistake on her first day and regrets it - she's mean to a quiet, nerdy boy. Peppi finds her niche in art club, who meet across the hall from science club. Each club antagonizes the other to the point at which it becomes a school disrupting rivalry. The quiet boy happens to be in the science club, and what with that and Peppi needing a science tutor, they begin to see that rivalry is not a productive way to conduct one's afterschool interests. Chmakova is great with slightly hyperbolized body language. Her manga background is apparent in character designs and the beats of the story, which is told with a lot of humor (I particularly liked the recurring sunspots gag). There's a largish cast of characters and her eye for making them diverse in race and personality ensures that the reader leaves the book with a good idea of who everyone is. Loved loved loved it, hope it's on every library shelf.
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  • Chi
    January 1, 1970
    That was seriously sweet, but was a brilliant introduction (and nostalgic call-back) to how complicated school life was / could be.Truth be told, I didn't necessarily go through exactly what Peppi (also more formally known as Penelope) went through, but we've all been there before. The awkwardness of starting school, not knowing anyone (whether as a transfer student, coming from another country, or just simply going to a school in a new area), and definitely not knowing what to do or what to say That was seriously sweet, but was a brilliant introduction (and nostalgic call-back) to how complicated school life was / could be.Truth be told, I didn't necessarily go through exactly what Peppi (also more formally known as Penelope) went through, but we've all been there before. The awkwardness of starting school, not knowing anyone (whether as a transfer student, coming from another country, or just simply going to a school in a new area), and definitely not knowing what to do or what to say to someone who you had unintentionally hurt. There's also a need to belong somewhere, and the feeling of elation when you do finally find your crew.It might not have been as perfectly timely and relevant as Brave, but it was still really fun read, and definitely fantastically illustrated.
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  • Taylor Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    TBR Jar Challenge: Read a graphic novelReview:Since this is a graphic novel, let’s talk about that art. I actually really liked it! It got anime-y at times and was kind over exaggerated but it was still really cute and colorful. The only think that bothered me a little was the Caucasian characters’ skin wasn’t colored in. It was just white like the background so it looked a little odd. Other than that it was really cute.This book is definitely for a younger audience, but was still really fun. It TBR Jar Challenge: Read a graphic novelReview:Since this is a graphic novel, let’s talk about that art. I actually really liked it! It got anime-y at times and was kind over exaggerated but it was still really cute and colorful. The only think that bothered me a little was the Caucasian characters’ skin wasn’t colored in. It was just white like the background so it looked a little odd. Other than that it was really cute.This book is definitely for a younger audience, but was still really fun. It’s kind of like High School Musical, it’s not an accurate portrayal of Middle School (or High School is HSM’s case) it’s a kind of what a little kid would want to imagine it be like. It’s innocent and a happy story.I’d say if you’re looking for a short, quick read with some cute art then definitely give it a read!
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