Teen Boat: the angst of being a teen–the thrill of being a boat! by Dave Roman and John Green
Teen Boat is a collection of comics that follows a boy named Teen Boat, who is seemingly your average teen guy, but who has the unique ability to transform into a boat. As you can imagine, this comic collection is filled with hilarious adventures where Teen Boat gets into trouble because of his unique ability. One of the funniest escapades chronicles Teen Boat trying to get his driver’s license. Teen Boat is not comfortable in cars (because, duh, he’s a boat), so he puts off getting his license. However, he wants to impress a girl at school who is really into cars, so he decides to try and get his license. He has to wear floaties when he starts to learn how to drive, though, because he is so scared. Then, when he takes the test, he spills his instructors coffee. The coffee spills into Teen Boat’s ear, which holds his nerve center for turning into the boat. Since liquid has hit his Teen Boat nerve, he turns into a boat inside the car! Teen Boat is now a boat with a car underneath him. He looses control and crashes into a semi carrying a tanker of gas. Is this the end of Teen Boat!? You’ll have to pick up this laugh out loud comic to find out.
Writer, Dave Roman, and cartoonist, John Green, have created a very interesting and easy to read collection of comics that, I have to admit, I have not seen or heard anything like this before. The style of the art of Teen Boat reminds me of Archie comics. It is a traditional comic, thankfully in color, but Green adds to Roman’s sidesplitting, humorous writing by adding his own funny imagery. Check out some of the art style of Teen Boat below. Included at the end of this book is the description of the creation process between Roman and Green. They both worked very closely on Teen Boat, and there was a lot of back and forth between the author and the cartoonist. You can really tell how much they were both in sync when creating this comic. Teen Boat is definitely a great read for those who like out there comics that are filled with humor and ridiculousness. Click here to find Teen Boat in the Library!
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
With a title like Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this book by Joe Schreiber. I definitely did not expect a book that has so much action that it puts some of the latest action movies to shame! I also did not expect that the character that is the cause of all the danger, violence, and excitement is a female foreign exchange student. Finally, I didn’t expect that I would love this book and that by the end of the book it was not even close to the story I thought I was reading when I first started.
When I first picked up Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, I thought it would be a mix of a romance with a weird storyline that involved a foreign exchange student. While some of that is true, the story is so much more! Perry is your normal teenage guy, he is a little bit on the geeky side, but deals with the normal pressures that a high school senior deals with– choosing the right college, working at his dad’s work, and dealing with the pressure his parents put on him to achieve the best. However, there is one thing in Perry’s life that isn’t that normal, his family’s Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi. A majority of this novel takes place on one night, a night that will change Perry’s life forever, the night that Perry takes Gobi to the prom and learns that Gobi is actually a 24-year-old trained assassin who has commandeered Perry to be her driver for the night while she hunts down those she has been assigned to kill.
The characters of both Perry and Gobi are so much fun to read. Gobi appears to be this weak girl at first, but is actually a kick butt assassin who is both scary and awesome. Perry grows a lot in this story and at first you think there’s no one that he will survive this night as Gobi’s chauffer. I won’t give the ending away, so you will need to read the book to find out if Perry does make it out alive. This novel has everything action, a little romance, a mystery, and drama. However, there is strong language and a lot of violence, so if that is not something you like to read then this is not the book for you. If you do like an awesome story that keeps you guessing and is filled with nonstop action, then pick up Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick at the Library today!
Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins
If you’re a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then you’re in luck there’s another great series out like it, Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins. Nigel, is the totally lame vampire, and like Diary of Wimpy Kid, this book is journal and is complete with pictures and some pretty terrible poems too. The big difference between Nigel and Greg Heffley is that Nigel is a vampire, and while he’s stuck living as a teen he’s really been around for 100 years. Now most people think being a vampire involves super human strength, being speedy, picking up the ladies with your irresistible looks, and more, but if you’re completely lame like Nigel, it means being pimply, angsty, awkward, wussy, and not so smooth with the ladies. Nigel vents about his frustration about lacking all the typical vampire skills and also the trials of dealing with school and his oh-so-embarrassing family. Filled with humorous reflections on living as a teen for 100 years, the social pains of school, wooing his new classmate Chloe, and some great twists Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire is a great quick and laugh out loud read.