The Plain Janes

313162The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg is an exciting graphic novel geared mostly towards teen girls.

Rebellion, art and friendship are explored through the familiar “new girl” trope but go beyond typical high school drama. The story is framed by a terror attack. Jane’s character evolves because of the trauma.

I thought the mother’s overprotective anxieties were realistically smothering and anxiety inducing for Jane. Jane’s obsession reminiscent of  While You Were Sleeping    makes sense given her need to connect with someone who shared her experience.

A quick, enjoyable read for teens looking for realistic fiction in graphic novel format.

For the anxious teen (or librarian) with a sense of humour

I picked up the Complete Neurotic: The Anxious Person’s Guide to Life when I was collecting a bunch of books for a customer who wanted advise for getting over her anxiety disorder that wasn’t too cheesy or technical. She said she didn’t want this one, but I thought it looked like something I should read.

This was a hilarious book for me, because I am a very anxious, slightly neurotic, person. The beginning, that describes the different stages of life in terms of our anxieties (to the extreme) rang true. I haven’t even gotten to the 30th birthday meltdown yet but I can see myself saying those ridiculous things in a few years and maybe now when I do I’ll think about how the book predicted it and I’ll giggle instead of cry.

I laughed at myself a lot in the medical section of the book because the hypochondria is expertly described.

The middle section about being a neat freak did not apply to me so I skipped over a bit, but overall it was well written.

Someone asked me if this was a self help book, but really it’s more of a joke book. It helps you, in that it gets you to laugh at your silly fears, and see that you are being neurotic. However it’s not something I can picture people discussing in tears on Oprah.

This is part of the non-fiction challenge.