Giant Days by Non Pratt
Review: I was so excited for this book, because I love the comic book version like crazy. When I got the chance to read the Advanced Reader Copy, I jumped for it.
One of the things that was not really apparent in the comic was how our three girls became friends, other then them just being roommates in the dorm before moving into a house together. So it was cool to learn how our girls first met and how they forged their friendship into what we see in the comic.
Okay, but on to the real stuff that brought down my star rating for this novel and any future recommendations I will not have for the novel adaptions.
One- There were big gaps in the book. The novel wants to stand on its own (which I get), so readers don’t have to read the comic before hand. But, the book keeps referring to big stuff (and some really great funny plot moments in the first volume of the paperback comic book). Leaving others confused and unable to completely understand the characters and plot ( I also had to kept checking and rereading lines from the comic and the novel to make sure I was thinking of the right moments they were talking about).
Two- The character point of view jumps. I really didn’t like the jumps between girls, it’s hard to follow. You think your reading Daisy but you find out later it’s actually Susan, and Ed for very small parts. Along with this, was the text messages I was unable to tell who text messages between the characters are to and from
Three- Wished there was chapters for each character, boys included. Or just breaks in between with it clearly saying above (where the next section or passage started) which character point of view we are reading.
Four-Wanted more funny. The comic book series is so funny, there are times I’m reading it and break out laughing in public or just remembering it, sometime I laugh so hard I cry. It’s also not just the visuals that give the funny, its the writing. There are so many great times that give you pause before you start laughing and snorting, all the while think same. This novel gave nothing of that hilarity and had maybe three crumbs of somewhat funny lines (no funny situations, as hard as they tried to make it).
Five-Wanted more depth and backstory to our characters and how their friendship works so well. The comic series does touch on the backstory of the characters and some of their relationship between them, but we really did not see any of that in this novel.
Six-More on Susan and McGraw. The whole comic series has this second focus of the tension/ hate/ feud and so on between Susan and McGraw. I mean that’s a big reason I love the comic books, the girls lives are fascinating, but this thing between Susan and McGraw is insane and amazing at the same time.
Things I wished were in the novel from the first comic, which the novel is trying to cover.
1- The first time Susan sees McGraw on campus and how she reacts to Ed introducing him to the girls, it looks like fire is coming out of her eyes at him.
2-The Drama Field Activated, in which Susan activates Esther’s Drama Fiels around her to cause torment to McGraw. i.e. a giant lunch room chaos, and domino reaction with is literally the funniest thing that made me fall in love with the series.
3-The whole side plot that is barely mentioned in the novel, when Esther is number three on a hottest first years list made by other college boys who have nothing good to do apparently. In the novel this is rushed passed and Esther is almost raped by three guys at party, but is quickly taken away by one of her girls. This party of Esther almost getting attacked never happens in the comic, she finds out she’s on the list and goes to the Dean to get it taken care of, when he tells her boys will be boys. The guys who made the list then start a donation fund and who ever makes the top donations will get the phone numbers of the top ten girls-Esther included. Now, in the comic this is dealt with in the best way possible and it is not at all mentioned in the novel. I won’t spoil it for you all, only suggest that you check out the paperback comic (the compilation of the first couple of issues) to find out the sweet, sweet justice of it all.
4-The Femmist magazine-The Men are Awful issue that Susan creates and puts a big photo of McGraw on the front cover. Even though McGraw is pretty much a big femmist and all about women’s right and power being top.
5- The real backstory of Susan and McGraw. Towards the end of the first comic (not the issue, but the paperback bound copy), Susan reveals all to Esther about how she knows McGraw and everything they were together and to each other.
I do hope that in the final printed edition of this novel version of the comic book is changed and fixed up a bit more, but I know that’s unlikely. Although if they do choose to make more of these novels based off of the comics that figure out their actual plan to see it through better.
Who’s what?Ed was too slow, and the girl had passed from view behind some trees.
That vision of gothic perfection.
Ed Gemmell glanced uncertainty at Esther, then at the window. Are you… admiring your own reflection? What? No. I’m not that vain.
Susan’s room was not one in which to step lightly. Or, indeed, heavily. Or at all, if you wanted to avoid breaking your neck. The floor was carpeted in clothes, and Daisy secretly held the theory that Susan simply rolled out of bed across the floor and emerged in whatever wrapped itself around her before she got to the door.
Name the skeleton.
Indiana Bones. A fellow archaeologist.
If there was one thing being a private investigator taught you, it was that knowledge was power. No need to share it with more people than necessary.
For all that her loyalties lay with Susan, there was no denying that McGraw was one of the most considerate, polite, and downright chivalrous people Daisy had ever encountered. He had the manners of a Regency gentleman, the mustache of a middle-aged man, and the youthful twinkle in his smile of someone who looked at the world and liked it. Which was probably exactly the reason Susan found him intolerable.
I have … trust issues. Esther snorted at this, but Daisy settled her. I don’t want you to get to know me through someone else. I want you to get to know me through me.
Parties mean people, and you hate people.
Not all people. Susan studied the nubs of her fingernails before muttering. There’s a couple I think are all right.
Susan had been distracted by thoughts of smashing the phone repeatedly into Vectra’s face and settling things that way.
Phone’s on silent. Susan watched them all switch off the sound.
Check. Ed Gemmell.
Dry Old Stick? No response. McGraw. That’s you. Still no response. Fine. How about… Vengeful Kindling?”
McGraw twitched a smile. Copy that, Ragnarok Andy Roll.
They we’re ready.
Would I? Reread? No. Read the comics still? Hell yeah. Recommend the novel version to others? No, but would highly recommend the comic book series.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.
Edition: Kindle Edition, 288 pages. I received this ARC in return for an honest review.
Young Adult. Contemporary. Mature Themes.
Published August 21st 2018 by Amulet Books.
Summary: Based on the hit graphic-novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week of university. And it’s a good thing they do, because in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key—something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger (missing students, secret handshakes, monogrammed robes everywhere . . .), Esther and Susan decide it’s up to them to investigate the weirdness and save their friend.
-Summary from GoodReads.com