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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401311016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401311018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jennifer Walters is a lawyer and the giant green Marvel superhero known as She-Hulk, now transferred from comics to prose in this super-chick-lit novel. Jen finds herself between jobs and between apartments at New Years, not to mention between relationships. She also has a PR problem due to She-Hulk's hard-partying habits. Jen signs on with the law firm QUIRC, resolving actively start looking for love and to have fun in ways that won't get her fired. Of course, because this is a She-Hulk book, this ends up involving clones, supervillains and LARPing. Acosta's research shows as she captures the personality and humor of her main character and the Marvel universe for veteran readers and the uninitiated alike. The book's only problems are romance novel and chick-lit tropes that don't fit She-Hulk nearly as well, such as her self-deprecating envy of other women's beauty. Also, despite dating many of Marvel's superheroes, Jen has been secretly pining for the book's newly introduced love interest since college, because apparently True Love doesn't happen after thirty. Still, with trademark She-Hulk moments of comedy such as a sinisterly addicting smoothie chain and a particularly random appearance of Doctor Doom, this is a fun and lighthearted read. (June)

From Booklist

Attorney Jennifer Walters is shy in personal relationships despite her leggy beauty and the fact that she’s powerful and self-assured in the courtroom. Add to that her alter ego: She-Hulk, a sexy, green oversize superhero who loves to party. Her destructive tendencies have resulted in her being kicked out of the Avengers’ mansion and fired from more than one job. Jennifer now resolves to “meet an actual human man and establish an actual relationship.” When she is then hired to be lead attorney in a case involving the totally gorgeous Dr. Sven Morigi, she ends up starting a story hour in a children’s hospital where she encounters Ellis Tesla, a member of the rock band Fringe Theory. Have they found true love? Or is she just a ticket to his fame as he writes songs about her, including “Flesh-Eating Bacteria Girl”? Ellis’ take on the Marvel Comics superhero She-Hulk is sweet and funny and will delight readers whether they’re into superhero comics or not. For another sprightly superhero tale, see Rogue Touch (2013), by Christine Woodward. --Diana Tixier Herald

More About the Author

Marta Acosta's dream job is to write heart-rending obituaries, because she feels they are the most under-appreciated of all literary forms. She's the author of the recently-released THE SHE-HULK DIARIES, DARK COMPANION, a young adult gothic, the award-winning CASA DRACULA series, and NANCY'S THEORY OF STYLE (under the pen-name Grace Coopersmith).

She's a Stanford University graduate and was a frequent contributor of features and op-eds to the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE and the CONTRA COSTA TIMES.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Marta still lives in a fog-belt with her family and dogs. Her many attempts to grow tomatoes have failed, but she can finally bake a loaf of crusty bread. Her current obsession is vintage fountain pens and she's happy to send personal notes to readers.

PLEASE GO TO THE KINDLE STORE to see the new editions of her books with bonus features and wonderful cover art and design by Nan Richards of Nan Richards Illustration.

Customer Reviews

It was a fun and entertaining read.
Charles Wylie
If your a fan of comic books or even of general urban fantasy you will very much enjoy this novel.
Jeff
Jen has a very self deprecating sense of humor that is easy to relate to.
Lindie Dagenhart

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lindie Dagenhart on June 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I started reading The She-Hulk Diaries, I had some trouble getting into it. It was a slow start for me. The more I got to know Jennifer, though, the more I liked her. She's a fantastic character. She's take no prisoners in the court room, but outside it she is oh so awkward and nerdy. She wants what all girls wants, a satisfying job, a nice place to live with secret entrances, and someone to curl up next to on the nights she's not out saving the world. That's not too much to ask. Add in a dash of super villains trying to destroy everything she loves. There's something weird going on with the NY natives suddenly all turning nice. And if all that isn't enough on her plate, Jen's ex weekend hookup, Ellis Tesla, shows up. The man who never called her back, but went on to write a series of very revealing songs about their time together. He's as hot as ever. And engaged.

The entrance of Ellis is where this story really took off for me. Jen's reaction to him and the growing realization that all those songs were about her is great fun. Sure, the lyrics are smart and science themed, but oh boy, are they also embarrassing.

This book is ridiculously funny. Jen has a very self deprecating sense of humor that is easy to relate to. She also has a handful of great friends who make fantastic side characters. Not to mention a wide variety of interests: it's not often you see the top Krav Maga student making her own foam weapons for an upcoming LARP.

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brax on June 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Remember the Generation X film compared to the comic? For me the She-Hulk Diaries felt like what a She-Hulk "made for TV movie" would feel like. Sure, it's not without some charm buy sadly I wouldn't recommend it. Marta Acosta, where a good writer, did not seem really have a handle on the character and there were two big issues that prevented me from truly enjoying this book and made it a struggle to finish.

1. In this book Acosta treats Jen and She-Hulk as if are two separate people. Much like her cousin there is a Jekyll and Hyde mentality, which I feel works if the book was set during "Savage She-Hulk" but beyond that title it does not. Jen being more shy and intellectual while She-Hulk being headstrong and "fun-loving" but still the same person. This is not the case in the novel, Jen is constantly reminding the reader (and her friends) "that's not me. that's She-Hulk. You're my friend, not Shulky." etc...When She-Hulk is up at bat Jen identifies her as "she" and not "me". In the story Jen wants to distant herself from her "Hyde" so the book really should have ended up being titled the "Jennifer Walters Diaries" as She-Hulk is left out quite a bit. That's not to say there isn't action at times or a villain but most of the book feels as if it is trying to hard to channel things like "Sex in the City" which is a terrible cliché that my gender seems to keep subscribing to.

2. I don't feel Acosta did any justice to the representation of She-Hulk. I feel this is due to keeping Jen separate from She-Hulk, to give her a yardstick to compare the two. Her She-Hulk comes across incredibly shallow. The She-Hulk I am accustomed to can be a little "devil may care" and loves to have a good time but she's not the "Paris Hilton" of the super hero community.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kat Almojuela on July 15, 2013
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The perfect blend of action and romance this story is like a romantic comedy with a sassy, nerdy, smart female lead and her even sassier, independent, party girl split personality. The story had several interesting plot lines, making readers jump to conclusions on all sides while making every girls heart throb for the romantically complex Eilis. All in all props to Marta Acosta, this book turned this Mrs.Marvel fan into a Shulky lover.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C Allison on June 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've only a passing familiarity with the She-Hulk, but the concept of a tie-in novel was simply too good to pass up. I've always found the idea of a Hulk/attorney to be fairly hilarious, so why wouldn't I want to read about her?

Just like what it says on the tin, The She-Hulk Diaries take the form of Jennifer Walters' (Shulkie's alter-ego) diary. As the novel opens, she has been kicked out of Avengers Mansion, lost her job, and is basically broke. She creates a series of resolutions, and her efforts to complete these become the driving forces of the story. This is really Jennifer's story. She-Hulk is a peripheral character, not the focus of the story.

That being said, Jennifer is a wonderful protagonist. She's smart, funny, capable - yet just enough down on her luck to avoid being a Mary Sue. Acosta has set her up with personal issues that make her relatable, but she never falls into the trap of being whiny or self-absorbed.

I was a bit surprised at how much Jennifer's love life, or lack of one, dominates portions of the book. There's a resurfaced old flame, as well as a mysterious new man who pursues Jennifer. While this plotline was well handled, I found that I really didn't care. (And here I realize that I'm not the target audience for this novel. So YMMV may vary.)

All in all, The She-Hulk Diaries was a light, fun, hilarious read. Absolutely great summer reading. My enjoyment was diminished by the romantic subplots, but they didn't detract from Shulkie as a feminist superhero. And for many readers, these same plots may be a strong selling point.
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