Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!...
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I really liked this because it shows how girls and boys can be friends too, and this was a pretty short read (for me, at least).
I just devoured this story. It's a comic, so a fast read, but I was just so charmed by it that I didn't want to put it down for even a moment. Chmakova so perfectly captures that age and the concerns and social dynamics. I really loved both the affection and clarity that engages memory, sympathy, and even a little healing by taking those awkward dynamics and illustrating a way through them that was both plausible and hopeful. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Peppi and Jaime are such wonderfully ...more
Svetlana Chmakova is one of my favorite cartoonists and a fabulous writer. I'm not sure if I love Dramacon Ultimate Edition or Nightschool The Weirn Books better, but now I'm certain Awkward will be one of my new favorites. She captures so perfectly the terrible awkwardness that is middle school, with all the fears and worries and pain. In her fear of being mocked, Peppi makes a huge mistake and embarrasses Jaime, whose only crime is trying to help her. Poor Peppi, unable to find a way to apolog ...more
I can't believe how cute, adorable, hug-worthy this book is. Especially with such a title. I think the ''awkward'' moments made things even more charming.
So this is Peppi's story, Peppi who thought she was prepared for middle school but realizes she may not have everything figured out. Peppi who makes the mistake of acting like a bully would on her first day, thus ruining someone else's first day.
But when she joins the art club and sees more of the boy she was rude to (who is part of the scienc ...more
I can tell already I will need to buy an additional copy or two of this for my library. I'm definitely going to be recommending it to all the Raina Telgemeir fans. I thought this was a great graphic novel. There were a lot of things I liked about this beyond the story: the friendship between the main character and the boy whose name I forgot and that there weren't romantic overtones or worries; that one of the characters is in a wheelchair and it's never mentioned-it just is; that Penelope stand ...more
TBR Jar Challenge: Read a graphic novel
Since this is a graphic novel, let’s talk about that art. I actually really liked it! It got anime-y at times and was kind over exaggerated but it was still really cute and colorful. The only think that bothered me a little was the Caucasian characters’ skin wasn’t colored in. It was just white like the background so it looked a little odd. Other than that it was really cute.
This book is definitely for a younger audience, but was still really fun. It ...more
I really liked this book. The characters were so diverse in diffrent ways. It was also very reflective of how middle schoolers act when boys and girls are friends. I loved all the people's relationships with their parents.
Penelope is a new student and she has two rules for fitting in: #1, don't stand out to the mean kids, and #2, find a group you like and join them!
So when she accidentally trips and falls and is helped by a science nerd and the mean kids tease the "new couple," Peppi panics and pushes the boy.
She didn't mean it—she panicked! But she was wrong and when Jaime is assigned to be her science tutor, Peppi doesn't know what to do.
Combine her internal troubles with the escalating rivalry between the art ...more