Genres: Graphic Novel, Childrens
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Publication Date: September 28th 2016
2 OUT OF 5 STARS
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jonesy is a typical teen with a weird power: she can make people fall in love with anything. Except herself. Jonesy is forced to work towards her secret crush the old-fashioned way while creating all sort of mayhem and mischief with her super special powers.
For those who loved Lumberjanes there is a very similar style of humour present in Jonesy. However the emotional bonds, character development and overall plot is much weaker. Jonesy is light fluff with very little real plot. It’s very light fare and doesn’t have much going on below the surface. Which can be good for people who just want something funny if Jonesy is your sort of humour.
One of the things that really brings the score down is the protagonist. Jonesy is a selfish jerk and not one that is easily loved. Jonesy uses her powers to caue problems for other people and only occasionally shows a glimpse of humanity to avoid hurting her friends. Characters can be bad and selfish whiile still being likeable but at best Jonesy is annoying. She’s very “not-like-other-girls” in her rejection of everything everyone else likes and just generally irritating.
There is a lot of diversity, from different ethnicities to sexualities without overtly making those characters seem different. A crush on a girl is talked about as though it’s no different from a crush on a boy and that is important – but it doesn’t make the plot or characters more interesting.
There are people who will enjoy this book, but it’s not something I’ll be picking up in the future.