For readers of: Although geared towards female YA, anyone who likes Freaks and Geeks may very well like this. The Plain Janes is also a young cousin of Daniel Clowes essential graphic novel, Ghost World, so some fans of alt-comix could have love for this. Although occasionally rough around the edges, this is a treat that left me wanting more. Read Full Review
The greatest strength of this book is the characterization. Castellucci's various Janes are well-realized characters, and I think just about every reader will be able to recognize a piece of herself or himself in one of the Janes. I found the Main Jane to be the most intriguing character, as she is the central protagonist, but I would imagine other readers will favor other Janes based on their own experiences. The writer wisely ensures her main character isn't so unconventional that she's not believable. Her relationship with Damon, though it made for an ending that didn't quite feel right to me, does bring her down to earth and adds an everyday quality to the character. It brings balance to the character and a pleasantly diverting subplot. Overall, The Plain Janes is a solid first step for the Minx line and serves as a great introduction of the creators to an audience they might not have reached before. Read Full Review
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