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Paper Girls Vol. 1 --- Adult Graphic Novel Book Review


      Let’s all go back to 1988; where walkmans, teased hair, scrunchies, leg warmers, and jean jackets were all the rave. In the early hours after Halloween, in Cleveland Ohio, four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls (Erin, KJ, Mac, and Tiffany) uncover a hot and important news story involving mystery, drama and adventure. Despite wanting to get their paper routes done before going to school, supernatural complications arise from cops, guys dressed up in Halloween costumes, mummy-like foragers, Apple computer prodigy time travelers, and flying dinosaurs. After one of Tiffany’s walkie-talkies is stolen, the teens come together to support one another d as well as get their stuff back.

      Paper Girls Vol. 1 story is written by Brian K. Vaughan and is illustrated by Cliff Chiang. This title can be seen as an adult, science-fiction, coming of age, graphic novel. Those who were born in the 80’s will get nostalgic while reading this new series. Some drawbacks may be for younger teen readers as  they may not comprehend the 80’s themed references, and/or appreciate the technology devices used within the storyline (ex. Old school walkie-talkies and cassette players/walkmans). I was a bit put off guard while reading pages 10 & 11, when chain-smoking Mackenzie (Mac) uses derogatory gay/queer slang terms. As I have a gay brother and support the LGTBQ+ community, I had to remember that this homophobic terminology often occurred in the 80’s making me be so thankful on how much we as human beings have grown and become more accepting of individuals differences. I was extra happy while reading KJ telling Mac “Will you quit it with that? You sound like my racist uncle” (pg.112).  Props to KJ!

      Right away I gained huge respect for these four female teen characters as they help illustrate to society what it’s like to be hard-working, no matter what your age is. If need be these girls are strong, rough, and tough making the ever so important message of standing up for yourself and others prevalent. The recipe for this paranormal graphic novel is = 1 cup chick lit, 1 cup action and thriller, ½  cup of science-fiction and a ¼  of a cup of a coming-of-age plotline. I really enjoyed this series opener and would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would also recommend this new series to anyone wanting to time travel back to the 80’s, and/or wanting an action packed graphic novel whose empowered female characters create a strong sisterhood bond. The catchy and suspense filled ending will make you crave Volume 2. I sure am! Enjoy!  


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Paper Girls

By Vaughan, Brian K.

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