The title alone is enough to make me want to read this book. It sounds like the perfect nerdy contemporary romance for the weekend. It was definitely cute, but it was not perfect. I like my contemporary romances to have an adorable cast of characters who have funny and cringey interactions. There were definitely some cringing happening, but not quite for the right reasons.
Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.
In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).
This was overall a cute story but I didn’t really feel strongly about the characters or plot. The characters felt too surface-level and I couldn’t really see their development or understand their motivations. Why did they suddenly change how they think, feel, and act toward each other? How did they change as individuals? I didn’t pick up on any context that would support that other than the author telling us it happened. The plot wasn’t all that gripping and I found most things predictable. This predictability combined with the under-developed characters made the book feel longer than it was.
One thing I did enjoy was the dual POV. This helped make the characters seem more developed and, while I think there could have been improvement in that department, I do like the idea of the characters. The execution wasn’t fantastic but the idea was there and the dual POV really helped make them more realistic.
As debuts go this was a solid book. It has an interesting premise, the characters were decent, and things do happen throughout the book. This author seemed to struggle with the same things most debuts do: really digging deep into the characters, planting plot points throughout the story, and creating a compelling conflict. I haven’t read any of the author’s work but graphics and novels are very different mediums for storytelling. It’s a bit of a learning curve and the author did a pretty good job with it.
So, long story short, it’s a fast and cute read but is predictable and not that compelling. It’s pretty good as debuts go and it was a nice, fast weekend read. I would recommend it to people to enjoy lighter reads, comics, and small-town vibes. If you’re looking for something very plot-driven, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.