Monday, January 27, 2014

[Book Review] A Boy and A Girl

A Boy and A Girl
Jamie S. Rich (Author)
Natalie Nourigat (Illustrations)
December 31, 2013
Oni Press
Sci-Fi, Contemporary Romance,
Graphic Novel


Travis and Charley have just met. It's Charley's last night in town, and Travis can't let her leave without getting her to go on a date. In a future where real people are rapidly being supplanted by lifelike androids, sometimes one shot is all you get! Intelligence may be artificial, but the emotion is real in this futuristic romance from the writer of 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and the cartoonist behind Between Gears.

Boy meets girl -- the premise was simple, the story was a little short but it was unexpectedly sweet and the twist at the end was really interesting!

I don't normally read American graphic novels as I'm more into the Japanese Manga or the Korean Manhwa, but I decided to pick this one up just to try it out. I was pleasantly surprised!

Essentially, the whole premise can be summed up into three simple words: boy meets girl. Then he does all sorts of things to prolong their time together because he felt a connection with her. The whole story would have been straight out of a cliche romantic comedy if it weren't for the fact that this story is set in a future where Artificial Intelligence exists and having androids with emotional capabilities is normal. The story-line was fairly simple but it was the sort of simple which saved the best kick for last. I definitely enjoyed reading this graphic novel to the very end. The inclusion of sci-fi elements was seamless and understandable.

The characters were likable. I like Travis' romanticism and Charley's insecurity. If you really think about it, Travis' and Charley's traits that were shown throughout the course of the story largely contributed to the nice kick at the ends of the story. 

The art was pretty simple, but it was neat and clear. It conveyed exactly what it needs to, and no more less. All in all, this graphic novel is a really nice little treat! It was a quick read, but the ending is worth it. 

1 comment:

  1. I love graphic novels!! Thanks for the review, I think I'm going to check this out, Dia :D


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