Published by First Second on November 12th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
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Jane's new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack's food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane's psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network — a phone tree information-pooling group of local single women. Poor Jane is about to learn every detail of Jack's past misadventures… whether she wants to or not. Will love prevail?
In this graphic novel from Greg Means, Americus author MK Reed, and Joe Flood, the illustrator of Orcs, comes a fast, witty, and sweet romantic comedy that is actually funny, and actually romantic.
The Cute Girl Network has a title that makes you think it will be a lot more girly than it really is. Jane is a skateboarder, one who is not afraid to express herself and finds herself liking a boy named Jack who works at a soup stand. The only problems is Jack has had a series of relationships that have left some girls really pissed off. So when Jane's friend convinces her to listen to these girls in the Cute Girl Network, she finds that maybe these types of girls weren't right for Jack, but is she?
I really loved seeing this from both of their points of view and graphic novel is a fantastic format for this story. Jack is a bit clueless and reminds me of Shaggy from Scooby-doo in his goofy, doofus way. He was endearing, but I could see where things could go very wrong with any woman. He's a bit of a slacker, lazy and without a decent job. Yet Jane isn't looking for anything more than a fun relationship. That is, if she doesn't let the Cute Girl Network sway her otherwise.
The graphics were stunning in this graphic novel and I was completely drawn into the story. I loved Jane and Jack as characters, who were flawed but also strong in their own ways. This one is definitely more for upper YA, as there is language and sex within the pages. It was just the book I needed to read and it made me smile and laugh throughout.
Final Verdict: The Cute Girl Network is a fantastic new graphic novel that delves into relationships and standing your ground. I absolutely loved every page of this book and hope you will too.