Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen

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Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong 
by Prudence Shen 
288 pages
illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
NetGalley- First Second
Graphic Novel
May 2013

Book Jacket Summary
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.
It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

My Thoughts
Anytime I see Faith Erin Hicks name on a graphic novel I have to check it out. She is becoming one of my favorite illustrators for graphic novels and a great writer in her own right. In Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Hicks is the illustrator and the art work is superb.
Charlie is the basketball team captain and Nate the captain of the robotics team. They are not exactly friends but not exactly enemies. Some review call them best friends but I more saw a co-dependency that comes with knowing each other for such a long time. This is at the beginning though. You do see how they do become best friends- even as they threaten each other. Prudence Shen does a great job with the pacing of the story and there is so much that the characters learn about themselves. Charlie is still bitter about his parents divorce, his mom's abandonment, and his dad's constant long term business trips. He is angry and not sure of himself, not a great combination. Nate is your typical geek but has an agenda when competing for the student body president with Charlie. Nate is willing to humiliate and degrade Charlie at every turn. The cheerleaders are no better, especially Holly head cheerleader and Charlie's ex-girlfriend.
The books comes to a head when all the parties have to combine to win the Robot Rumble so they can get new cheerleading outfits and traveling money for the National Robotics Competition. It is not really about that but about the journey that the characters go through. This is a very good graphic novel and I highly recommend it. It has great character development and I actually hope there is more coming about Charlie and Nate.    

Book Pairings
Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Zebrafish by Peter M. Reynolds and Fable Vision 
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol


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