Published by First Second on May 7th, 2013
Genres: contemporary, graphic novel, young adult
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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? Of course!
In Faith Erin Hicks' and Prudence Shen's world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong.
Ummm, I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. Do Archie comics count? I used to read a lot of those when I was a kid. I’d buy them from the supermarket checkout stand. Whatever happened to those anyway? Do they still sell them? Anyway… My point is you should probably take my opinions on graphic novels with a grain of salt since I have no clue what the hell I am talking about. But since I liked what I read, and a lot of my other friends did too, this must be a good graphic novel. Ha.
No, really, all kidding aside, this was a lot of fun. And last time I checked, I know what fun is. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong was entertaining, amusing, and best of all, a quick read. The panels were drawn well and consistent and I think the dialogue flowed well. Basically this means I was not looking all over the page for the next part of the story.
And it’s a simple story. Of kids in a high school. Cheerleaders versus nerds until they have to get together and solve their problems as a team. Not sure I liked the negative portrayal of cheerleaders, I mean, I was a cheerleader in high school, and what is the deal with that? Most of us are not bitchy, bullying snobs. We have brains, and we’re friendly. It’s a stereotype that I would like to see go the way of most other stupid stereotypes. I graduated with honors and sang the national anthem at my graduation. I was in band, choir, drama club, AND I was a cheerleader. So can we cut the crap? And the same is said for nerds. They have depth. They aren’t all chess and robots and quiz bowl.
But aside for minor grievances, after all, this is about fun and it was that, I really enjoyed it. It made me want to read more graphic novels and that is saying something as I do not change genres often. I get pickier, but rarely do I read in a new area that I haven’t tried before. No more will I look on Goodreads and see a book labeled graphic novel and pass it by. I might actually consider it. WHOA.
So I knew going in this would be a short review because the storyline is linear, the book was short, and I don’t have much negative to say. I read it in one sitting and I enjoyed what I read. I would definitely recommend it if you think you want to pick up a graphic novel at some point as I think this is a good beginner’s one to start with. It’s not very deep and it will not change your life, but it is lighthearted and worth the time I spent on it.