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Monday, November 25, 2013

Zits: Chillax by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

Zits: Chillax by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
"In Zits: Chillax, Jeremy Duncan, high school sophomore and future rock god, offers up a comedic outlook on teenage life, including school, parents, chores, bands, and friends.

Jeremy and his best friend, Hector Garcia, are planning to achieve a lifelong dream…going to a rock concert! Without parental supervision. But the Gingivitis concert falls on the same night their friend Tim is donating bone marrow for his mom, a cancer patient. Not a problem: Jeremy and Hector are determined to go to the show…for Tim."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely love the comic strip Zits and had no idea it was getting the novel treatment like Big Nate before it until I received the ARC in the mail. I was very excited about reading this book and it contained a lot of the same humor it's known for in the strip, and it is nice to see these characters a little more fleshed out. But at the same time, I just didn't think it worked really well as a novel. It felt a little bit forced and Jeremy's voice just didn't seem realistic. It's a quick read, but there were times I wanted to put the book down and just move on to something else. It's not that it's a bad book by any means but it's not something I'd suggest you run out and get. It's a library read that'd be good for fans of the comic strip and reluctant boy readers. One of the other things that felt a bit weird too was the artwork in the book; obviously, it makes sense since it came from a comic strip but in a teen novel, just makes it feel very young. It works for Big Nate since that's for middle-graders, but teen readers might feel a little weird reading a book with drawings in it.

Overall, an average book based on an amazing comic strip.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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