Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
Published by: Dark Horse Books on July 5, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Graphic Novel, Short Story
Plot: Enn is just your typical 16 year old guy, all awkward and unable to chat with girls. However, things take a turn for the strange when he ends up at the wrong party.
Review: Ok, there is a *slight* chance that I am a little bias, because I adore Neil Gaiman’s work. To keep things a little more neutral, here’s what you should know:
- It’s a quickie. This is a short story, so if you are looking for something to linger on, this isn’t it. However, it isn’t often that we see a successful graphic novel adaptation of a short story, so cheers to these guys for pulling it off!
- It gives you some food for thought. Having said that, the content will cause you to ponder / reread what you have just mentally ingested. Enn is trying his luck at a party dominated by girls. Highly attractive, hormone activating, make you question your appearance and place in the world kind of girls. As stunning as they are, something is slightly off about them. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I will say that I enjoyed Gaiman’s ability to take something so relatable (because who hasn’t felt weird at a party?) and twists it just enough to transform it into something new.
- The artwork is rocky, but lovable. Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton of respect for Ba and Moon as illustrators and love that they are twinning, but there was something in their character depictions that didn’t convey youthfulness. Enn and Vic are high schoolers but they looked more like middle aged men. Granted, they are awesomely illustrated, but their age is still a significant component of the plot. Stripping away their youth just seemed to work against everything else, even if it was beautiful on an aesthetic level.
- It will make you nostalgic AF. For me, the best part of reading this was how it brought it all back. You’re young, the laws of attraction are a mystery for you… you know, the good ol’ days! Once I finished reading this, I kind of sat there for a second and reconnected with my younger self. It left me feeling nostalgic for the freedom of those days, but also incredibly empowered by the fact that with age, I’ve snagged a surety in myself. I longed for a Delorean where I could pop back to 16 year old me, and say “girl, you got this”. Not every story makes you feel that way.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: This has mass appeal. Just get it.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*