Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci

A sequel to Plain Janes. This time all the Janes have matters of the heart to contend with. But what I really liked best is what I liked in the other story, too–that the Janes have banded together to make public art.  In their town the mean police chief sees them as troublemakers and vandals, but the Janes are determined to continue to bring art and beauty into everyday life.  This time one of them makes the bold step of applying for a grant to make the art happen in a legal way.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

I made the mistake of bringing this to read at the airport while I waited for my flight from Newark to Washington, D.C. Mistake because it is a short graphic novel and can be read in twenty minutes and my plane was delayed SEVEN HOURS. And then I was stuck with plainjane.jpgonly one other book, which it turned out I didn’t like. Fortunately, the twenty minutes I spent reading this were very happy indeed. I really enjoyed the illustration style, not to mention the story–somewhat outcast girl who’s been traumatized by a terrorist bombing bands up with other girls named Jane at her new suburban school. The Janes being doing random community art projects/statements around their town in the dead of night. Instead of the community appreciating the whimsy and beauty, town officials freak out and cry “vandalism!” and take stringent measures to stop the art from happening. I think, hope, that this is the first in a series, which is great, because I can’t wait to read more about the Janes and all that they do. By the way, this is a great graphic novel for people who don’t like graphic novels. I can’t see anyone not enjoying this!