Illustrated by Mike Lawrence
- Publication Date: Already out on Kindle but will be in print in the U.S. April 1st, 2016
- Fiction, slice of life, “growing up is hard” genre, contemporary, young adult
- Warnings: Slow burn romance and easily distracted narrator
“Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends. The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details. Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared. And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails. Even her latest comic book creation is misbehaving. Also, the world might be ending–which is proving to be awkward. As doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.”
I initially chose this book because it had been under the “graphic novels/comics” section, so, it was kind of disappointing when I realized that it was a novel with a picture in every chapter and not an actual comic. However, despite it not being a comic, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl proved its worth.
The main character, Alba, was very cute along with her friends and she easily reminded me of some of the comic book enthusiasts I know. Also, Alba’s desire for things to remain the same and to not focus on the hard decisions she has to make during this changing and chaotic season that is her life – especially with the possibility of the world literally crashing down around her – makes her really relatable.
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl has some cliche troupes – possible end of the world, struggling young person trying to figure out her life, the oblivious love for her best friend – but I think Melissa Keil did a great job of presenting things the way she did. Things didn’t feel rushed and though the characters are dealing with the possible End Times, this doesn’t take center stage. It’s more about Alba figuring out her life which is great.
I also really appreciated the romance. In my opinion, it’s always a positive sign if I’m waiting eagerly for two characters to get together. It wasn’t unexpected due to the subtle interactions and it honestly made me chuckle at how long it took Alba to realize that she was even in love.
Sometimes, though, Alba’s narration was slightly confusing because her mind would get easily distracted as she switched between subjects – which can sometimes be more irritating to the reader than character revealing – but after awhile I either got used to it, like some sort of personality quirk, or she just didn’t do it was often which may have been intentional on the author’s part to showcase Alba’s growth. I would recommend knowing at least some staple comic book characters – Wonder Woman, She-Hulk, etc. – or else some of Alba’s description might not make sense, but nothing too intense.
Overall, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl was a cute and entertaining story about figuring out the messy and confusing parts of growing up. Even though it’s not a comic, it does have many of the colorful qualities and fantasy elements found in one.
I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
What do you all think? Have you read The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.