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Jennifer Dugan

Autor(a) de Some Girls Do

16 Works 1,171 Membros 62 Reviews

Obras de Jennifer Dugan

Some Girls Do (2021) 340 cópias, 6 resenhas
Hot Dog Girl (2019) 253 cópias, 17 resenhas
Verona Comics (2020) 189 cópias, 9 resenhas
Melt With You (2022) 113 cópias, 7 resenhas
Coven (2022) — Autor — 96 cópias, 14 resenhas
Love at First Set (2023) 74 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Last Girls Standing (2023) 61 cópias, 5 resenhas
Playing for Keeps (2024) 20 cópias, 1 resenha
Full Shift (2024) 3 cópias, 1 resenha
Circadia, Chapter 1 1 exemplar(es)
Circadia, Chapter 2 1 exemplar(es)
Circadia, Chapter 3 1 exemplar(es)
Circadia, Chapter 4 1 exemplar(es)

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Conhecimento Comum

Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA

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https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2020/04/22/bookreview-verona-comics-by-jennifer-...

Verona Comics was cute and complicated YA, queer contemporary that revolved around Jubilee and Ridley. It was about anxiety disorder and mental health issue, dysfunctional family, love and complications, learning to love yourself and life, looking for a solution of problem rather than finding an exit door.

Writing was gripping and fast paced. At first it felt light hearted and cozy but as I read more that vibe turned so intense and heavy. If you are expecting lot of fun, humor and light YA romance just hold your thought here because it’s much more complicated with serious issues. Verona Comics was written from Jubilee and Ridley’s POV that provided clear view of total opposite life style, family and their views towards comic books business.

Plot was interesting. As synopsis said Jubilee and Ridley met at comic convention prom that Ridley’s dad’ company, Geekery, sponsored. Geekery had a reputation of destroying Indie comic shops and had an evil eye on Verona Comics ever since Verona laughed at Ridley’s dad’s offer. When they met at prom they didn’t know who their parents were but Ridley found out Jubilee was Verona’s step daughter and they hate Geekery. I knew it was going to be complicated but even Ridley agreeing to spy on Verona comic for his dad to please him to go back to his childhood home was shocking. I was curious to see where this will go from here, how Jubilee will find out about his real identity and what Ridley will do to come out of the mess he created.

Characters were interesting. I loved family dynamics and balance of family, friendship and romance. Jubilee’s family was great. Both her moms were supportive, loving and caring. Verona was the stepmother everybody would love. I didn’t like Ridley’s family. I blame them for everything happened in this book. But I liked his sister Gray. She was amazing from the very beginning.

There were so much diversity. Jubilee’s mom was bi and her stepmom, Verona, was lesbian. Both Jubilee and Ridley were bi, Jubilee’s friend Jayla was black and lesbian. I liked Jubilee for her non-label thoughts. She was bi but haven’t experimented it and didn’t care for a label and accepted who she was.

Jubilee was smart, overachiever student, and amazing cellist. Audition for scholarship to summer program to study with famous cello teacher was her dream. Her passion and dedication was admirable but at the same time I agreed with her both friends. She should have applied other camps and she should managed things normally like she did before Ridley entered her life. Her concerns and emotions were well written. As adult I didn’t agree the way she handled situation in climax but I can see and understand why she did that. I might have done the same at her age. Young love does that to us. Her decision later was fabulous. I liked her even more for it.

Ridley was good person but he was struggling with many things. He had narcissist parents who didn’t love him as he wasn’t prodigy and stopped caring for him once they knew he was bi, had anxiety disorder and suffered with depression. My heart went to him, I wanted to snatch him away from those parents who not only were not helping him but also made him feel worthless. But at the same time I didn’t like him exactly for what he was doing from the beginning even though he knew it was wrong. When he spent more time with Jubilee I started to warm to him as it was helping him coping with his mental health and also for his wish to come out clean. But climax changed it once again because he was asking a lot from Jubilee and was not even thinking about her family, he was being selfish. I exactly felt like Jubilee did, I liked him but at the same time I didn’t. I was so glad after climax things started to change for him and I was happy with his efforts.

I loved how author showed young love and complications that comes with it, how course of life can be changed at any minute, one cannot have full control over life and most of all representation of anxiety disorder and panic attacks. How character suffering with mental health act and behave and what are their thought process, how difficult it’s for them in life and how they need more than just medications. Honestly I wasn’t expecting this heavy topic in the book so it was total surprise but I was glad to read author’s realistic approach with this topic.

Climax was tense. As I said I wasn’t happy with characters’ decision at this point and wanted to shake them out of whatever they were thinking so they could see what was coming. I swear my heartbeats stopped for a moment and I was dreading what happened next. But at the same time something good came out of it, they learned many things, it changed their life and developed stronger and healthier. I like the end. It was great.

I thought I will rate this 4 because I was not happy with characters’ decisions and I wasn’t happy with Ridley and what he did throughout the book but when I gave it some time, put myself in their situation, it felt so real and apposite. They were just 17. Who has wisdom and maturity about love, life, and relationships at this age! And let’s not forget mental health issue. So, yes, full star to this.

Overall, Verona Comics was realistic, deep, complicated, and heartwarming YA LGBTQ cotemporary romance. I highly recommend this to fans of this genre.

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***
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BooksTeacupReviews | outras 8 resenhas | Jun 28, 2024 |
Smart, multilevel, and satisfying sum up this book. June is the star (and really only) pitcher on her baseball team. Her late mother was also a super athlete in softball. Her dad is still stuck in unresolved grief, and constantly pushes June to work harder and throw faster, pretty much oblivious to her growing questioning of whether she has any say in her life.
Ivy has different pressures on her, in part because her older brother who wanted to be a doctor, died of cancer a few years ago. Even with a new toddler brother, who she sees at times as a replacement baby, her parents, particularly her mother, are hounding her to apply to colleges, pick a major, and give up on her dream. That dream is her becoming good enough as a referee and umpire so she can follow her idol to the NFL as a female referee.
When the owner of the sports complex where she referees soccer games asks her to do him a favor and umpire baseball games, she's willing and studies film and rule books so she won't look like a fool.
Then when she umpires her first game, June is the pitcher and takes issue with some of her calls even throwing a pitch at her. Ivy tosses her from the game. Ivy uses the officials lounge to shower and dress after the game. She opens the door to find June already there. Harsh words are exchanged, but when Ivy notices June wincing as she elevates her throwing arm, she can't help but ask if June's hurting. She is, but is stubborn, However Ivy persists, and the moment she starts rubbing Biofreeze on June's injured shoulder, sparks start flying and butterflies fill the room. It's the beginning of a superb, although flawed romance that's woven through the stress each is feeling, through a breakup, and on to a very neat ending. This book is a thorough delight.
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sennebec | Jun 3, 2024 |
I could see what this story was attempting to do, but I really struggled to believe the characters and their motivations. It felt a lot like the plot depended on people not telling others what was going on, and when the lives of multiple people depend on the teenagers not doing something reckless, eh. So, yeah, I spent a lot of time going 'these people make no sense'.

I did like the artwork - I often struggle with graphic stories because poor contrast or overly dark palettes -- and I think that there was a reasonable balance between the story told in text and image.… (mais)
 
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fred_mouse | outras 13 resenhas | May 10, 2024 |
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

When Tessa's longtime crush Maddie passes her a note referencing 'all that they have in common,' Tessa is stoked: could Maddie possibly a werewolf too? Maybe the "curse" she's been wishing away her whole life finally has an upside. Or, no, that's clearly too much to hope for; if Maddie isn't a werewolf, what kind of supe could she be? (Witch? Banshee? Vampire? The possibilities are endless.)

But the big reveal goes horribly wrong, and Tessa is left feeling even more alone and alienated (from her pack, classmates, and the world in general) than before. When her pack alpha and surrogate dad, Mack, gets some intel about a group of hunters who are working with a rogue witch to cure werewolves, Tessa strikes out on her own in search of them. Not to neutralize the threat, but to offer herself up as a guinea pig: she's sick of being a werewolf, and a middling one, at that. (Her younger sister, Kylie, shifted a full two years before Tessa, and Tessa has yet to shift fully.) But a lone wolf is a dangerous one, and Tessa's teenage angst quickly puts everyone she loves in danger. Can she finally surrender to the wolf inside of her, before it's too late?

FULL SHIFT is such a great book that I'm willing to add it to my favorites bookshelf, even if I could barely make out the artwork. When it comes to e-ARCs of graphic novels, I usually get a digital copy that has some degree of pixelation; worst case, it's bad enough that I can't read the text without getting some serious eyestrain. This was a little different in that the text was crystal clear, while the artwork was nearly indecipherable. Luckily I was able to follow the story, even if I didn't get to marvel at Kristen Seaton's gorgeous illustrations. I mean, I'm inferring from the cover, but my hopes are high, especially for the wolves.

The story itself is entertaining and filled with pathos and heart. Tessa's feelings of loneliness - even in a lodge packed to overflowing with her extended wolf family - is the stuff of epic ballads. I love her scenes with Maddie (and Maddie's scenes with Mac), and the convo that kicks off the story is pretty hilarious. Ditto: the "what are your intentions with my daughter" interrogation; I'm not usually a fan, but the queer/werewolf spin makes it work. There are so many great little details, from the FAQ about werewolves to Tessa and Kylie's relationship and Tessa's meeting with her dad in the afterlife. Speaking of dads, I was all geared up to hate the replacement dad, but Mac is a pretty stand up guy. And his backstory with Anderson is fantastic too. I even loved the TWILIGHT references.

Honestly, I just can't say enough good things about FULL SHIFT. Gay werewolves? Sign me up!
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smiteme | Mar 24, 2024 |

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