I apparently have a lot in common with Gabourey. I, too, have crippling anxiety, depression, had bariatric surgery, recovered from an eating disorder, and went through my parents' divorce. I'm also too funny for my own good and tend to offend others with my humor.
Read this book. She's THE BOMB, to quote Obama.
Look, I don't read reviews of things before I read the book, so I never really know what I'm getting into. But this looked cute and was sort of highly rated when it came out so I wanted to give it a shot. I like when we get strong female leads in comics.
But dear God, was this supposed to be a rip-off of every popular girl's program out there? Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, you name it. Was this intended to be a mocku-comic? Or did it just happen that way? Because wow.... I know Magical Girl is an entire genre, an that's fine. But these chicks literally transform just like the Pretty Guardians and have astrological symbols on their heads. And Taurus looks shockingly like Rainbow Dash from MLP, down to the color of her hair. Even has the personality.
I am so disappointed in this. As an author, I know being original can be hard, but damn, this is just ridiculous. Am I missing the joke? Is this a woosh moment? Did it go over my head?
I have no idea quite how to rate this book so I'm going with 3.5 stars. My first impulse was 4 because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but then I finished it, sat back and actually thought. Most of the plot wouldn't have happened if the main character Jazz hadn't been such a petulant asshole, and pretty much everything is her fault. It's hard to feel sympathy for those kinds of characters, the ones that keep making terrible life choices over and over and never seem to learn. And then in the end get away Scott free. Talk about maddening.
But the writing was well done, the plot moved along at nice clip, and the science seemed sound. Not too much over the top like in the original Jurassic Park books where I wanted to gouge out my eyes every time Malcolm talked. I just wish Weir had dialed it down on the bitch scale a bit because Jazz damn near ruined everything and seemed to think she was entitled to no punishment. Talk about arrogant.
P.S. early in my marriage we had a black pug named Artemis. He was a needy shit but we loved him.