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Title:
The Cute Girl Network
Author:
Means, Greg.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : First Second, [2013]
Physical Description:
179 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"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. "--

"Jack and Jane just want to fall in love in peace, but Jane's busy-body lady-friends are determined to head the clumsy Jack off at the pass!"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781596437517
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

Indie comics writer and illustrator MK Reed lives in Brooklyn. She's an old hand at the self publishing scene and her first graphic novel with a traditional publisher was Americus , with Jonathan Hill. Cute Girl Network is her most recent graphic novel.

Greg Means is a writer, editor, and librarian living in Portland, Oregon. He runs the micro-publishing company Tugboat Press and edits the award winning comic book anthology Papercutter . The Cute Girl Network is his first novel.

Joe Flood is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and a graduate of the prestigious cartooning program at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. He illustrated Stan Nicholls' graphic novel Orcs and has worked on many other titles as well. Cute Girl Network is his most recent graphic novel.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In an offbeat meet-cute for the ages, independent, strong-willed Jane is skateboarding on her way to work when she falls on her coccyx in front of dopey soup-seller Jack. Are they a match made in slacker heaven? Not if the cute-girl network has anything to say about it. The network, a coalition of twentysomething women in Jane's new city, have taken it upon themselves to protect unsuspecting cute girls from falling victim to dating disasters. And unfortunately for Jack, he has quite a record: abandoning a date after being sent on an errand, falling through a glass table, and many other ineptitudes. But Jane is no stranger to mistakes herself, and she's confident in her ability to make her own choices. And besides that, there's something about this lovable loser that she can't quite get over. Flood breathes life into each snarky, well-rounded character in black-and-white illustrations that perfectly capture the particular sauntering, gadabout quality of early adulthood. This refreshing look at modern dating manages to be romantic without a shred of sentimentality.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Jack and Jane are modern young people in love. He works for minimum wage selling soup from a cart, and she's proud of her skateboarding scars. Their dates consist of free activities, like visiting the vending-machine graveyard or listening to vinyl albums. Complications arise when Jane is confronted by the Network, "a loose alliance of smart, beautiful young women" who share information "to prevent yet another awesome girl from falling for yet another lame guy." Jack doesn't pass muster with them, so Jane's got to decide: "sisters or misters?" Jack's good heart is a tonic to her, compared to the sexism she has to put up with as a skater chick, even though the other girls hate how absentminded and clumsy he is. Flood's tight close-ups keep the attention on the characters' feelings and help the snappy dialogue bite. The ultimate message-that someone may be right for you without meeting your friends' approval-is refreshing and reassuring. There's also a lesson about female solidarity only going so far, particularly if you're not a typical girl. Altogether it's a fun, fresh take on romance with a fascinating subtext about gender relations. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Jane works in a skateboard shop, rides a mean board herself, and curses out dickheads who try to insult their way into her pants. Naturally, when the local single women's network disses her new boyfriend Jack, she's not going to lie down and whimper. Now, Jack does have rough edges-a past littered with dating disasters and a minimalist career manning a soup truck. Will the network's pride and prejudice swamp their romance? This frisky romantic comedy serves up chuckles and OMGs as male vs. female stereotypes all come up for skewering, from clueless boys with one-track minds to snarky little girls hipped on Disney princesses. Throughout, however, the love-struck couple as well as their concerned roommates and frenemies all come through in three dimensions. VERDICT While the outcome is predictable, getting there is all the fun-who wouldn't cheer for a couple who goes to a vending machine junkyard on the first date? The snappy dialog is very well matched by Flood's blocky, black-and-white art. An appealing treat for high schoolers and up who like urban relationship drama with a message. Note some inexplicit sex and plenty of slang.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.