i’m still not wild about the art, and i liked this story slightly less than the first volume, but that doesn’t mean i’m not counting down the days until the third one comes out. i am writing this review before part 3 pubs, but it will likely be posted after release date, so i have just blown your mind with time-confusion.
and yes—this is the volume where the artist changes halfway through. it’s not wildly different, and i didn’t even notice it at first, since i was reading it for the stooooory, but s. pointed it out and then i was all—derrr, true fact, s.!
so, it’s different, but it’s still not rocking my world. however, i do like the characters very much. and i can relate to all three, in different ways
but i’m probably the most similar to esther, since we have the same taste in dudes
we are both very camera-happy
and we have similar approaches to confidence
i like susan the least now, but only because i felt singled out and scolded
I WILL DO NO SUCH THING, SUSAN!
eeek! no, i do not! i take back all i said!
in this volume, we have some romantic relationships forming, but there is disapproval
as well as fretting about possible disapproval
and the longing to be in a situation where disapproval could arise
there’s also a great deal of dancing
the story is a bit less fun in this one—there was less of the three of them together—two are off getting kissy, they scatter for winter break, esther blows off school to go to a concert with some nameless dude, daisy gets caught up in this bizarre friday night lights reverie, there’s a crime family subplot—it felt very scattered. i liked the smaller stories, where they were just hanging out being normal girls, not getting all delusional and morphing into a character from a tv show, as awesome as friday night lights is. although i did love the punchline to the dinner party fiasco.
and there’s still some good banter and teasing
some unusual confessions
some good bro time
a celebration of the female form in all its permutations
and plenty of hugging, from both of the artists
so even though i am not a huge fan of some of the more dramatic and farfetched stuff
as long as the girls keep being charming and supportive huggers, i can stay on board.