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Posted May 4, 2011
Weird and Wild
Dicey Bell bombed into the lab and shouted, "Jack Chen, you're the father of my baby." Yeah, right, but nonetheless her announcement made him drop his beaker. Dicey had chosen him to be her baby's father for the "egg for health ed project," but neither one of them was exactly thrilled at the thought of working with the other one. He was the biggest science geek at St. Petersburg High and she was a baseball jock for the Pelicans. Later Dicey needed him to babysit the egg because she had a big game coming up with Gulfport High and it was the team's last chance to cream them during the season. Jack was surprised to discover that Dicey was actually in the honor society, because jocks were like ... dumb weren't they? He was letting himself in for a bit more than he thought when she came over to his house to work on their report. No getting around it, Dicey was hot and Jack fell for her like a ton of bricks, but how could he get her to notice him? Everyone knew that "jocks and nerds are natural enemies," but no doubt they had the right chemistry. Jack finally got the guts to ask her out and they decided to cut school for their first date. They were on a bus heading to Demens Landing, but it seemed strange that police cars were whizzing by and sirens could be heard all over town. When they arrived at the landing, Jack moved away from Dicey so he could talk to his father, scientist Dr. Chen. He put the phone down and grasped either side of his head in uncertainly. The outbreak had begun . . . a Zombie fungus would destroy them all. Jack told Dicey the "disease destroys higher brain functions" and "makes people attack each other." Would they be able to escape St. Petersburg before they were struck down by the fungus or would it be the end of their relationship before it began? This high action, intensely dramatic tale of the Zombie Apocalypse will rivet the young reader. This is a tale of young love between a seemingly disparate couple, but they soon discover that a jock and a nerd really can gel with one another. This graphic novel is presented in the typical black-and-white high action serialized format. The initial cells in the story are neat, tidy, and presented in typical comic book fashion, but the later ones become highly dramatic and are spectacularly explosive. The apocalyptic scenery is quite impressive and the reluctant reader and Zombie/monster lover will appreciate the wildly animated pages. Stereotypical behaviors are tossed out the window and we see Jack and Dicey as well rounded, appealing individuals, even if their first date "brought on the Zombie Apocalypse". Quill says: This wild and weird apocalyptic tale of love, friendship, monsters, cordyceps, and Zombies is sure to please the reader who likes tales a bit on the weird and wild side!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2011
Good Graphic Novel For Teens and Zombies Alike
Dicey is the star of her high school baseball team in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is paired with Jack Chen, a science prodigy, son of science prodigies, for a project where they are parents to an egg. These two are total opposites, which, by tradition, are not supposed to get along. One is a jock, the other a nerd. Dicey and Jack Chen do get along and decide to go on a first date. An infection making its rounds in the city has other plans for these two. The infection is eating the brains of humans turning them into zombies. Jack Chen calls it the "zombie apocalypse." Without a cure, it will soon be the end of the world. To make matters worse for these two, they are on their own, stranded in a city of zombies. Soon a zombie bites Jack Chen. Now that he is a zombie nerd, can Dicey still date Jack Chen? It is one thing for a jock to date a nerd, but a zombie nerd.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang is a fun, fast-paced graphic novel for teens. The illustrations, by Janina Görrisse, are spot on, with expressions that enhance the story of Dicey and Jack Chen. The story of a jock and nerd, with the jock being the female, is an interesting role reversal. Dicey is the outgoing personality; Jack Chen the reserved, introverted, nerdy scientist. He thinks Dicey swapped names so she could be his partner in the egg baby project and is not what sure what to make of this. The official first date is definitely a make-or-break it date. The writing is well paced and authentic. The illustrations bring the story to life. Dicey and Jack Chen look close to what I imagined they would. I have read comics before but never have they come to life the way I Love Him To Pieces does.
I Love Him to Pieces is the first in a series of My Boyfriend is a Monster graphic novels for teens. Number 2, due out this Spring, is called Made for Each Other, written by Paul D. Storrie. This one involves a conservation minded funeral parlor, whose director does not want his son's new girlfriend hanging around. I wonder why?
I suggest you read I Love Him to Pieces now and then move on to Made for Each Other. These are two sure hits for teens. Wonderful relationship stories combined with awesome illustrations give the novels the excitement teens will love. If you have never read a graphic novel, like me, I Love Him to Pieces is the one to sink your teeth into.
Note: received from NetGalley