Author: Howard Shapiro
Genre: YA Graphic Novel, Music
Length: 154 Pages
Release: November 2012
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This graphic novel was a lot different than I was expecting, not in a bad way. It was just different. I guess I expected more of a lighthearted, music based read. It had so much more than that.
The four main characters, Tom, Dan, Mark, and Jacoby, each came into the band with their own set of issues. Tom lacked confidence and change, Dan felt abandoned by his father, Mark was an athlete who didn't know how to be his own person, Jacoby was an exchange student with serious health problems. It definitely made for an interesting mix when these guys decided to enter the battle of the bands contest at their school senior year.
The characters were likable enough. I did have a hard time relating with Mark. While he was a nice guy, I didn't like his two-faced charade. I understand the pressures of high school, I just found it hard to relate. All of the characters did seem a little younger to me. They seemed more around 14 or 15 than 17 or 18.
I don't generally read a lot of graphic novels, so maybe the time jumps are a normal thing. I was a bit confused in the beginning when a month or two would pass in a page. Once I realized how it was being structured, this made a lot more sense to me.
The art work here was nice. I really enjoyed that each character had something that was theirs. They each had their own look and style that kept them easy to distinguish.
This was a really fun and fast read for fans of graphic novels.