Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review: Water Baby - Ross Campbell and Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike& Louise Carey and Aaron Alexovich

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Awesome.)  
Genre:Young Adult
Publication Date: July 8, 2008
Publisher: Minx
Page Count: 156 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

When Brody is attacked by a shark and loses a leg, she knows that life must go on. A year later she's living with her best friend and starting to have shark infested nightmares. Then, her ex-boyfriend rolls back into town. He crashes with them for awhile, but when disaster strikes, Brody decides it's time for him to go home. So she takes her mom's car and sets out on a road trip with her ex and her best friend.

Firstly, might I say that this is the most adult of the MINX comics. There is a lot of crudeness and artistic appreciation of the female body. It was great. Brody's character was all over the place moody, she seemed to care little about losing her leg, which is nice, but little things seemed to set her over the edge. She was an intense character and might be a bit much for some readers. I liked how spunky she was and I loved the illustrations of her and Louisa. They were so realistic. Jake was a little flat, but meh he's a guy ;) I also enjoyed the subtle product placement of his other graphic novel Wet Moon (you'll have to read the book to find it yourself). This was an interesting story of a fairly self-absorbed girl. I am not sure what age range these characters are. They act like they are fresh out of high school, but little things made me feel like they were supposed to still be in school. Chrissie seemed altogether far too young to be hanging out with them. This was a tough chick book and if that's your style definitely check this one out.

First Line:
"I always have to pee right in the middle of a wave."

Favorite Line:
"You're jus'...appendagely impaired, that's all."


Where I got it: Library
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Really fun. This is my second favorite MINX cover)  
Genre:Young Adult
Publication Date: September 12, 2007
Publisher: Minx
Page Count: 153 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Tasha's mom does not have the best taste in men. Not only does Tasha know this, but all of her blog followers do to. There's also this tough girl at school who wants to kill Tash know that she has been picked for yearbook. And her mom's new beau has a daughter who's a little weird. Tasha's just trying to not be beaten up at school and live a normal life but when she overhears a moment between her mom's boyfriend and his daughter. Tasha knows she has to find out more and help Tasha if she can.

Tasha is a little bit obnoxious, but not really too bad. I like the British-ness of the book, YAY England! ;) I was getting a little nervous about what could possibly be going on between father and daughter, and it turned out to be plenty weird. It was neat reading about a blogger, not that she blogs the same way but it was still fun. This story was a lot of fun and a lot of drama. It was totally worth the read and you should make sure you check this and all the other MINX books out soon. Happy Reading!

First Line:
"Tasha, are you out of your mind?"

Favorite Lines:
"They say a week can be a long time in politics. But some family holidays have been clocked with a time slippage of one to one thousand: that means each week feels like twenty year."

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