Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

In this graphic novel, our "main" Jane goes through a traumatic experience in the city and her parents move her out to the suburbs. As she finds her way in a new school, she makes choices about the friends she wants to have and slowly she wins over the other Janes at the "reject" table in the cafeteria. The Janes begin creating neighborhood art projects on the sly, designed to make the world a brighter place - but the adults around them view it as some kind of teen conspiracy.

The novel gives you a sense that you can do something that makes a difference. Jane's troubling experience gives her depth, I liked that she wasn't aspiring for popularity to be happy and the art projects are clever. I thought the little love story was left unresolved, but isn't that a bit like high school love, really? The graphic novel format was perfect for this story of beauty in the simple things and art's healing power.

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