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Comics Will Break Your Heart: A Novel Hardcover – February 12, 2019
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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).
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“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
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (February 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626723648
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626723641
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.87 x 1.25 x 8.41 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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.