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A Boy and a Girl Paperback – December 31, 2013
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I totally recommend this to anyone who's into SciFi romance or just looking for a good story!
A believable near future with humanlike robots. One boy meets one girl. And there our adventure begins. The artwork is very simple. It fits the story perfectly.
If this graphic novel was a movie it would be an indie love story that someone like Zooey Deschenel would be featured in, although if I was casting this story I would definitely give the female lead to America Ferrera. The story takes place in a world with robots, but it feels just like ours. I like the way there was a unique fashion for the time period, but it didn't feel like over the top futuristic.
Another movie that came to mind while I was reading this is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist(which was a book first). That random romantic meeting that leads to a night of adventure. And on that adventure many existential and ethical questions are addressed.
I really like how this story played out. It dealt with some really interesting questions involving artificial intelligence and ethics. I recommend this to anyone who likes indie love stories and robots. I give this graphic novel a 4/5.
The plot synopsis does sound a bit bland - but it needs to be to avoid spoilers (and there are plenty of surprises as both of their pasts catch up with them that day and night). The plot is intelligently written and definitely worthy of several reads to catch all the nuances a reader may have missed in the first or second reading.
The artwork has clean lines and is two color blue and black/white. The action is easy to follow and the characters have bright, open, emotional expressions that make the book a joy to read. Their innocence and joy at find each other is catching - even as thugs from his past and mistakes from her catch up to them in the course of that day/night. I think that emotion and the feelings of hope and happiness from them - and the natural expressions in both the writing and illustration, is what drew me to the characters.
The beginning is necessarily slow as we get to know them. I almost didn't want to continue after the first few pages but am heartily glad I did as the story unfolded. This is one of those rare stories that stays with you afterwards - a future tale that is very grounded in humanity and not cold, dystopian, or humorless. The tight plot is really balanced by the playful artwork.
In all, highly recommended. This graphic novel was received as an ARC from the publisher.
The future is here and lifelike androids an AI is real. But emotion is still real and love cannot be denied as a boy and a girl meet, and neither can forget each other. It's Charley's last night in town and Travis can't get her out of his mind. He spends all day attempting to track her down and when he finally does...it will be night that neither of them will forget.
I know it sounds like a common, hackneyed plot from a bad romance movie...but trust me it isn't. The only bad thing about this book is trying to write a review that doesn't give the plot away. But let's image Asimov meets a John Cusak rom/com film, robots and love and life and what it all means. In this relatively short book Jamie has crafted a story that leaves us questioning what emotion really is and what it can be. It's a well written story that deserves several reads and I can imagine will be a great book group discussion.
Natalie has quickly become one of my favorite artists since discovering her autobiographical comic, Between the Gears. Her artwork is deceptively simple, easily capturing the bare essence of the characters in a few simple lines and bringing to life the world around them. Overall the images are engaging and draw you in so that you can be a part of the life of the characters.
I give this compelling story 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it for teenage readers and up. When it comes out it will definitely have a place in my library
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