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Comics Will Break Your Heart: A Novel Kindle Edition
A sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us from graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.
Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.
In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).
“Warm and winning. A coming of age romance for our superhero-loving times.” ―Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Fangirl
“A charming summer romance that explores the messiness of relationships―among family, friends, crushes, and enemies―and the potential we all have to do better than our pasts.” ―Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
“Comics Will Break Your Heart crackles with the energy and potential of comics themselves. And like all the best comics, it transports you to a strange new world (in this case, Eastern Canada) that you won't want to leave.” ―Ryan North, New York Times–bestselling and Eisner Award–winning author of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Dinosaur Comics
"The sweet though somewhat standard romance plot is elevated by thoughtful characterizations, and the plentiful references to comics and conventions will delight fans new and old." ―Booklist
"This modern-day tale of fortune-crossed lovers features a relatable hero and heroine and a happier ending than Shakespeare’s tragedy." ―Publishers Weekly
"This is an enjoyable book that will find a cross section of readers from Comic-Con aficionados to classic romantics." ―VOYA
From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B07G14VS3N
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (February 12, 2019)
- Publication date : February 12, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3739 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #912,113 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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My primary complaint is the lack of conflict the characters face outside of the voices in their own heads. There are a few instances where they encounter obstacles but they are quickly resolved and don't really derail the characters in any meaningful way. You don't really root for them, because they don't really need you to. I expected massive turmoil and angst given the backdrop of the comic book industry, but most of the conflict is left in the past with only bad feelings between families remaining to make everyone uncomfortable.
That said, I found it to be a fun read and I think the author did a wonderful job of balancing the nerd culture so that readers not privy to all the ins and outs of comics will be able to follow along without having to google every reference to anything nerdy.
I enjoyed this book overall, especially because it was about geeks who love comics. The characters were realistic and easy to sympathize with, and the relationships addressed were well drawn. I loved reading about Miriam's relationship with her parents and siblings. They seemed like such a fun, quirky family to be around. Miriam and Weldon's relationship was sweet, though they did have their disagreements. I would have liked to see more illustrations in the book. The comics on the cover were well done and they would have been a great addition to the story. I didn't care for the profanity. It seemed quite excessive for the subject matter and the overall lighthearted tone of the book. Other than that, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary fiction and superhero comics.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I also purchased a copy of the book from Amazon. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
People who should not be together, yet it was their families that brought them closer. I titled this geeky fun because it was a story for the comic geek in all of us.
I would recommend this for all that enjoy comic books. This would also be a fantastic read for those that enjoy cute love stories.
Miriam (Mir) Kendrick lives in a small town in the maritime provinces of Canada. It’s the summer just before her last year of high school, and she really wants to leave town and go to university. But where will her family, barely making ends meet, earn the money? Indeed, she’s taken a job she loves at a bookstore that highlights its hero-comics collection, but the bookstore owner is barely keeping his head above water financially as well.
Weldon Warrick comes to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in Mir’s tiny town. Weldon has tended to find too much mischief lately; his father has a business to worry about and doesn’t need to be worried about Weldon.
The big problem? Mir’s family and Weldon’s family have a past together. The main reason Mir’s family has little money is because Mir’s grandfather sold the rights to comics he drew to Weldon’s family. The feud has gone on with bitterness on both sides for a long time.
But guess what? Mir and Weldon meet and are attracted to each other, making this a 2019 version of Romeo and Juliet. The adults warn the teens to be careful, but romance is romance – and, no, things aren’t always golden for the young people.
But will the teens work things out and resolve the feud between their families? Read and see.