I’d like to start off this book review by briefly talking about a Netflix show.
Last year my fiance and I binge watched this Netflix show called Stranger Things. I really, really liked it. And then season two came out this October and I became even more obsessed. The actors and actresses are just brilliant (finally great acting and kids that look like kids instead of air brushed models!) and the story line is just fun. After watching the second season I also watched the commentary series and looked at fun Buzzfeed articles and I also may have bough an “ugly Christmas sweater” and a scarf with the alphabet and Christmas lights on it from season one. I’m not crazy I promise. (Actually, I might be. Who knows.)
Anyways, this all brings me to now. After watching all that I could and even considering rewatching season one I decided to look up lists of books that Stranger Things fans should read because in this day and age there are always lists like that. That’s where I stumbled upon Paper Girls, a graphic novel I had actually already heard about before.
And yes it does kind of have that Stranger Things vibe to anyone else who is a crazy obsessed fan of that show. This too stars a group of teens in the late 80s with their poofy hair and their fun denim. They are also often seen with their bicycles and walkie talkies. And then science fictiony things starts to happen.
The bad thing is that graphic novels are short and kind of have to have a different focus than TV so instead of getting some more insight into the characters and really getting to know them we are almost immediately throw into weird thing after weird thing. There are so many confusing things that start happening and with really no sign of an explanation by the end of volume one which was a little jarring. I will definitely be continuing on with Paper Girls, Volume 2 but I’m hoping to get to know the girls more (there are four of them and I honestly can’t remember the names of them all or who is who) and I’d like some answers. Please?