- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (August 21, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419731262
- ISBN-13: 978-1419731266
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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• Pro: This book was pure fun. I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I read it. Giant Days was a combined great characters, snappy banter, and pitch perfect tone to produce a fabulous reading experience for me.
• Pro: I loved how different each of the women were, yet how well they complimented each other. There was a great synergy, when they were together, and I loved watching this friendship take shape.
• Pro: Non Pratt captured those early days at university so well. The feeling of being out of place, being a little lost, missing home and your old life. All of this plus academic demands can be quite stressful, and I thought that came across really well in the book.
• Pro: The whole Yogic Brethren plot was sort of hilarious. I couldn't help but think of the Scoobies during those scenes, which just added to the fun.
• Pro: There was a ton of satire in here, which delighted me to no end. Well done!
• Pro: This book had the three Hs: humor, hijinks, and heart, which always makes this girl happy.
Overall: A fun and entertaining look at the lives of first years, which does a fantastic job capturing the highs and lows of university life. I hope we get to explore more Giant Days with Daisy, Susan, and Esther.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
Novelization of a series of graphic novel about three girls in their first year of college. Friendship is at the core of this story that also deals with crushes and identity and the search for belonging. I loved the relationship between the three core characters. The ending was fantastic. In the middle there were times that dragged as the relationships were established and as the girls started to grow apart for awhile. Some mature content (drinking, drugs, etc.).
The first chapter was the roughest to get through by far. It seems Non Pratt really struggled to strike a balance between introducing these characters to completely new readers and not boring fans of the graphic novels to tears, the results being a fairly rushed opening peppered with inelegant info dumps. I will say once everything is established it moves much more smoothly and naturally. It's just the first chapter that requires some extra effort.
I really feel for Non Pratt because Giant Days produces some hilarious visuals and that's really hard to translate to the written word. It's one thing to SEE Esther dramatically clawing at the sky in frustration, or Susan melting someone's internal organs with a death glare, but quite another to describe those events in such a way that they still come across as funny and not ridiculous (in a bad way). Don't get me wrong, I laughed a lot while reading this book! But occasionally things just didn't gel and it pulled me out of the story a bit.
I did really love the story and the characters (of course!). In typical fashion, one girl gets the main "plot," Daisy in this case, while Esther and Susan each have a smaller subplot to resolve. Everything comes together nicely at the end, (after going just slightly to the left of where you'd expect things to end up) with plenty of room for the next adventure. Giant Days is a traditional contemporary and the problems faced by the main characters are very relatable and handled realistically--hurt feelings from a (seemingly) ruined friendship, trying to impress someone who you desperately want to be friends with, trying to find where you best fit in after leaving home for the first time, doubts about new friendships and whether you're making the right choices. It's sweet and relatable and very genuine and I just love it!
Overall I'd recommend it most strongly to anyone who's a fan of the graphic novel, as well as anyone who loves stories that value female friendships. If you're on the fence about it I say give it a try and don't be discouraged by the first chapter.