Review: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

Amelia Rules!, the best all-ages comic you’re not reading has made the job (kind of) to graphic novels, and it’s just as fantastic as ever.  I’ve seen quite a few comparisons between Jimmy Gownley’s series and both Peanuts and Ramona, both of which are totally apropos, but I really think Gownley manages to surpass them both.

This marks Gownley’s longest story to date, and he uses the extra space well in this story.  Amelia McBride and friends have just entered the 5th grade, and before too has to endure the worst day of her life.  One which ends with her dressed in a space suit and chased up a tree by an angry mob composed of most of her classmates.  This event leads her on a journey into the mysteries of what it takes to be popular, and if those sacrifices are worth the effort.

This is an adorable book that ough to have a huge amount of appeal to younger readers, while still being great for us elders who can appreciate the skill on display here from Gownley.  He’s one of the best cartoonists I know of, and has never written a story that hasn’t left me grinning madly.  This one is no exception.

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One Comment on “Review: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular”

  1. Chris Says:

    Hey Thanks for the review, I’m a Gownley fan and I hadn’t realize this was coming out…I’m going to see if the Albany Library system has a copy 🙂


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