The Plain Janes

The Plain Janes

by Cecil Castellucci
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The Plain Janes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was good. And I love the art style in this. This was a suggestion on GR so thanks again for that. And it kind of reminded me, well made me think of another book called Graffiti Moon. Anyway, you have Main Jane moving to a new place, starts a new school and finds friends in other girls also called Jane. That's when Main Jane comes up with an idea and thus P.L.A.I.N. is formed. I haven't heard anything about this but the summary sounded good. And the other titles mentioned at the end of this sound good too and the art style especially. 3 stars is a good rating for this. Doesn't mean I didn't like of course. I did from liking it to really liking it at times. Very good read.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
I personally think the author's purpose for writing this book is to let teens know that being popular is not everything in high school. You do not have to be pretty, popular, tall or skinny to have friends. Friends mean they don't care about what you look like, they should care about your personality. They should have your back, help you through hard times, have fun with you and never care about how people think of you. In this book Jane was in a horrible bomb that almost killed her she had to move, then Jane could have been popular, but she decided to make friends with some other people. The popular students got mad that she didn't want to be apart of the popular's. Just because you are not known all that well at school doesn't mean you have to become popular so you can have friends. Your friends are people who, like in the book, help you out with projects. In the book, the Jane's made the secret club called P.L.A.I.N. they made art work and put it around the city. She went back to her hometown city to see someone she saved,she came back because he went back home. He was okay. A few times the girls from P.L.A.I.N. almost got caught, but at the end someone got caught. Then it is all done. They finish with the P.L.A.I.N. actions. They still hang out and are best friends. The Plain Janes is a great book to show not just teens but everyone, that being popular is not everything.
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Lawral More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute, girl power type graphic novel. The Janes really grow together as they learn to accept each others' different quirks and even use them to the advantage of the group. (Main) Jane, being new and from Metro City, is courted by the popular girls, but her insistence on staying loyal to the rest of the Janes, without Mean Girl-ing the popular chicks, is highlighted a few different times. It's her ability to be nice to everyone, even when she's blowing off the popular crowd, that makes the Big Unifying Art Attack possible. Running underneath this light storyline is (Main) Jane's attempt to cope with the attack she lived through in Metro City. After the attack she grew attached to a John Doe who also survived but has been in a coma ever since. His notebook, full of his admiration of everyday art, is what inspires her to start P.L.A.I.N. She writes him letters, which she sends to the hospital, about the art "attacks" and her new friends. Though this relationship is entirely onesided, it gives Jane the outlet that she needs for her feelings regarding the attack and her parents' newfound fear of Metro City. The artwork is entirely in black and white, which I found a bit strange at first considering it is a book about public art. The artist uses the black and white drawings to highlight the emotions of (Main) Jane and later of her friends, rather than to highlight the art they create, as color work would do. It lends some levity to the lighter, surface storyline. Overall, this is a quick and fun read that has a bit more heft and substance to it than you'd guess at first glance. I highly recommend it. Book source: Philly Free Library
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
This was a cool magna. Enjoyed the story line and the protagonists were great. If U enjoy magnas, U will enjoy this one and U can finish it in one day or while chillin' at the park.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a graphic title before, but I really enjoyed this one. It was a quick read full of suspense and characters I could relate to. I hope there is a sequel so that we can find out what happens to the Janes.