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The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

The Plain Janes (2007)

by Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg

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I liked this book because it has strong teenage girl characters who don't need to fit in and do take risks for what they believe in. The story follows the main character as she tries to cope with and forget about the violence she experienced in her past. My favorite part is the message that through one's own actions comes and beauty, in whatever form chosen. ( )
  JoanAxthelm | Aug 4, 2017 |
Noted young adult novelist Cecil Castellucci and artist Jim Rugg launch Minx with the Plain Janes, a story about four girls named Jane. When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there is the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save the hell that is high school? ( )
  Sgskraft | Oct 9, 2016 |
Well, I liked it.  I think a sequel could be even better though, as this was a bit too simplistic.  And I want to get to know James, and Cindy, and Mom better.  I'm still not really familiar with graphic novels though, so I don't know how good this is compared to most.  Well, anyway, I will try to read more by the author. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
It's really adorable. The art is great and the story... well it tells the story of a girl named Jane who moves into a small city after a bomb incident in her hometown and how through art and friendship she'll try to remember how beautiful life still is. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This was disappointing because I love the premise, but the delivery is so cliche it's almost a parody. The characters are walking stereotypes to the point of hyperbole. Drama Jane is basically the teacher from High School Musical, wearing scarves and long black dresses and quoting The Theatre at all times; Smart Jane wears glasses and a pocket protector and actually says the words "I calculate" and "my calculations". Sporty Jane wears hoodies and ponytails, and then there's Cindy:

You see what I mean. I read a review that called it "a well-intended piece of adolescent lit whose modest charms threaten to be overwhelmed by its status as a Significant Publishing Event: DC Comics' much-touted attempt at snagging the long elusive tween- & teen-girl audience," and I feel like that explains a lot. I definitely plan to read more by Cecil Castellucci, but we're off to a bit of a lackluster start.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
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The characterization is stronger than the plotting, and while the theme of learning to process change as a part of growing up is nothing new, the soul’s need for art isn’t emphasized as often. The end of the book doesn’t live up to the power of the beginning, but that’s true of much entertainment these days.
A funny, spirited little story about a gang of girls named Jane at a strait-laced high-school, rejected by the mainstream, and their art adventures.
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When Jane moves to the suburbs, she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends who form a club P.L.A.I.N.E., but can art really save a group of misfits from high school?

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