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The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

The Plain Janes (2007)

by Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg

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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 |
Recommended reading for the teen who aspires to more in life than what her peer group tells her she should.

Jane and her parents flee for the suburbs after Jane survives a street bomb attack in Metro City. The event has forever colored her perspective and she no longer identifies with the run-of-the-mill high school atmosphere. She ignores invitations from the popular girls to sit with them and instead discovers her “tribe,” a trio of girls all also named Jane and rejects in their own ways: one is brainy, another is a bench-warming athlete, and the other a heavy-set drama diva. The tribe sets out to make their mark in a world they feel sorely needs it: they create “People Loving Art in Neighborhoods,” or PLAIN. Their mission is to create public art by stealth. The art attacks take the town and school by storm, leading to a curfew and a suspension of school activities. The story culminates in PLAIN’s big New Year’s Eve art project.
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  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book was one that I decided to read because I saw a list of graphic novels created by females. Based on that list when I saw this at my local library I decided to finally give it a go. When I review a book I always look for the positive in it because well that is just who I am. I do not like reviewing a book and saying bad things about it. This being said I won't bash this book even though I did not enjoy it. The reason that I did not enjoy it was probably my own fault. This to me was like every other teen book or movie that I have read in my lifetime. The only difference was that there was an art element added to it that was only slightly interesting. When one is inundated with teen fluff all the time they become immune to the same ole same ole. That is what this graphic novel felt like to me. The artwork is really strong in this and the dialogue is not off. The characters are believable and you can see why the main character moves in the directions and circles that she does. She has strong reasons for them and that part of the story was actually enjoyable. The baseline of why she would not want to be around the cool kids made total sense with where she had been. I commend the writer for the characters and the personalities that she created for each of them because that part was excellent. It was just where the story went and what was encompassed within it that felt bland. I recommend this to people that like stories like "Mean Girls" or any coming of age story. I think those people will enjoy this book and find some reward in it that I couldn't find for myself. I would not mind reading the next book (if there is one) in this graphic novel collection though. The reason is because I think it could progress past this collection into something I enjoy simply based on the individuality of the characters. If utilized correctly in other volumes these characters have greater potential than are showcased here. ( )
  SoulFlower1981 | Jan 20, 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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