Giant Days, Vol. 1

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I liked Giant Days; I didn’t love it, but I think that could be chalked up to it being a first volume. I thought the plot was dull at times and didn’t have an overarching storyline, but I really liked the characters and the character development. There were some spots that I found really funny, too, but my favorite thing about this graphic novel was the characterization  of Esther, Daisy, and Susan.

The reader expects the girls to be stereotypes (goth, naive, and responsible “mom” friend, respectively) when they’re first introduced. I like how these stereotypes are broken and it makes the comic more relatable: Esther is kind and protective of Daisy, even if she’s still a bit dramatic, Daisy tries some pills and goes out clubbing on her birthday, and Susan is spiteful towards her old flame and though she’s a med/pre-med student, is strongly addicted to nicotine.

I think because of how much I liked Esther, Daisy, and Susan, I would probably read a second volume of Giant Days. I enjoyed the novelty (ha) of it being British, and the images were colorful and interesting to look at.

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