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The Cute Girl Network

by MK Reed, Greg Means, Joe Flood
     
 

Jane's new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack's food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane's psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network — a phone tree information-pooling group of

Overview

Jane's new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack's food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane's psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network — a phone tree information-pooling group of local single women. Poor Jane is about to learn every detail of Jack's past misadventures… whether she wants to or not. Will love prevail?

In this graphic novel from Greg Means, Americus author MK Reed, and Joe Flood, the illustrator of Orcs, comes a fast, witty, and sweet romantic comedy that is actually funny, and actually romantic.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Jack and Jane are modern young people in love. He works for minimum wage selling soup from a cart, and she’s proud of her skateboarding scars. Their dates consist of free activities, like visiting the vending-machine graveyard or listening to vinyl albums. Complications arise when Jane is confronted by the Network, “a loose alliance of smart, beautiful young women” who share information “to prevent yet another awesome girl from falling for yet another lame guy.” Jack doesn’t pass muster with them, so Jane’s got to decide: “sisters or misters?” Jack’s good heart is a tonic to her, compared to the sexism she has to put up with as a skater chick, even though the other girls hate how absentminded and clumsy he is. Flood’s tight close-ups keep the attention on the characters’ feelings and help the snappy dialogue bite. The ultimate message—that someone may be right for you without meeting your friends’ approval—is refreshing and reassuring. There’s also a lesson about female solidarity only going so far, particularly if you’re not a typical girl. Altogether it’s a fun, fresh take on romance with a fascinating subtext about gender relations. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“A rich and genuine skater punk romance, eloquently picking apart our notions of Good vs. Evil in dating.” —Meredith Gran, author of Octopus Pie

“It's so easy to get comfortable in the world of Cute Girl Network. The beautifully rendered art completely pulls you in, and the natural, breezy dialogue never misses a beat. There is a welcome familiarity--you feel like you've known a version of these people, your old roommate, a friend, an ex. It's a testament to Greg Means and M.K. Reed's skills that they can turn a simple boy-meets-girl story into a real page-turner, and keep you guessing at whose side you're on. I hope there's more where this came from.” —Kate Beaton, author of Hark, A Vagrant!

“The Cute Girl Network is more than just some scorned lovers airing their dirty laundry, it's also a very funny story about finding that person who is right for you, even if they're wrong for everyone else. Great art with a great message: I saw a lot of myself in Jane, and if she can persevere in this wacky world of dating, so can I!” —Liz Prince, author of Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?

Children's Literature - Barbara Monroe
This graphic novel begins by showing us a wide shot of a typically busy city street. We see a man is selling soup at a street cart and a girl on a skateboard in the middle of the street. When the skateboarding girl wipes out the street cart man comes to her rescue. Jane is new in town. She is skateboarding to work when she wiped out. Jack, the rescuer, is quickly smitten with this new girl and helps her up. He gives her a free can of pop but she leaves without Jack getting her number. Jack goes home to his two roommates who offer him advice. In the end, because Jack makes minimum wage, lives in a tiny apartment, and sells soup, they tell him he does not stand a chance with Jane. However, Jane likes him and before you can say gazpacho, they hook up. When Jane’s roommates find out who she is dating they alert the Girl Network. The network is all about girls sharing their dating experiences. Unfortunately, most of the experiences the girls have had with Jack are negative. They come off as mean and vindictive. Jack is definitely a little weird and someone who is a little simple. Will Jane stop seeing Jack? Could this be a match made in skateboard heaven? The graphic art is terrific and filled with interesting details. There are some situations for older teens in the story, they are mostly shwon through dialogue. While not high on a list for literary excellence, it is a fun read. Reviewer: Barbara Monroe; Ages 14 up.
Library Journal
01/01/2014
Jane works in a skateboard shop, rides a mean board herself, and curses out dickheads who try to insult their way into her pants. Naturally, when the local single women's network disses her new boyfriend Jack, she's not going to lie down and whimper. Now, Jack does have rough edges—a past littered with dating disasters and a minimalist career manning a soup truck. Will the network's pride and prejudice swamp their romance? This frisky romantic comedy serves up chuckles and OMGs as male vs. female stereotypes all come up for skewering, from clueless boys with one-track minds to snarky little girls hipped on Disney princesses. Throughout, however, the love-struck couple as well as their concerned roommates and frenemies all come through in three dimensions. VERDICT While the outcome is predictable, getting there is all the fun—who wouldn't cheer for a couple who goes to a vending machine junkyard on the first date? The snappy dialog is very well matched by Flood's blocky, black-and-white art. An appealing treat for high schoolers and up who like urban relationship drama with a message. Note some inexplicit sex and plenty of slang.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596437517
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Indie comics writer and illustrator MK Reed lives in Brooklyn. She's an old hand at the self publishing scene and her first graphic novel with a traditional publisher was Americus, with Jonathan Hill. Cute Girl Network is her most recent graphic novel.

Greg Means is a writer, editor, and librarian living in Portland, Oregon. He runs the micro-publishing company Tugboat Press and edits the award winning comic book anthology Papercutter. The Cute Girl Network is his first novel.

Joe Flood is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and a graduate of the prestigious cartooning program at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. He illustrated Stan Nicholls' graphic novel Orcs and has worked on many other titles as well. Cute Girl Network is his most recent graphic novel.

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