Saturday, December 22, 2018
Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova
It's all complicated by the fact that she's in the art club and he's in the science club, and the two clubs are in a cutthroat competition to be granted a table at the upcoming club fair. Things escalate as the clubs are pitted against each other to produce a contribution that will benefit the whole school In the end, though, it is Peppi's ability to cooperate with Jaime and the science club that will save the day.
First in a series of graphic novels (as of now, there are three books in the series) that explore middle school life. It's a successful series, but I don't find much that is remarkable about the story or the artistry, although both are good quality. The book is entertaining and a fast read and the artwork and layouts quite competent. But my coolness to the book is creditable at least in part to the truth that I'm not a fan of graphic novels of this sort. They seem largely derivative of Japanese anime and in my opinion add little more than a change of milieu.