The Saturday Reading List: Paper Girls Vol. 1

Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrated by Matt Wilson

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The Stats:

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Fiction, Science fiction, time travel, comic, graphic novel, girls being awesome, it’s the 80s
  • 3.5/5
  • Warnings: Some swearing. Minor character death.  Also, the majority of this takes place in the 80s so…yeah, there’s some 80s prejudice.

From Amazon:

“From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.”

Zo’s Review:

Okay, so when I first read the description for this book I must have skipped over the part that said “otherworldly mysteries”. I was totally expecting a “slice of life”, four girls who work as paper girls going through the usual dramas of pre-teen life. Not the usual type of story that I’m interested in, but eh, it’s good to change things up once in awhile.

Well, looks like even subconsciously my brain knows what it likes.

 

The story begins with the introduction of Erin Tieng, the imaginative new girl in town and also the newest papergirl. Early on Halloween morning, Erin meets three other papergirls on her route: Mac, KJ, and Tiffany. It starts off with what you expect, awkward first meetings and all, before taking a dive into the twilight zone. Like any story where normal people are thrown into time traveling, science fiction mess, they’re stuck between two groups. I’ll be honest, not sure if the two groups were ever really named but there’s the teenage time traveling cool stuff scavenging slightly disfigured Robin Hood-esque (maybe, still too early to really say) group of boys and then there’s the dinosaur riding group of adults speaking in weird Shakespearian speak led by this “Father Time” type guy who may or may not be the bad guys. Not much is really explained about them yet but they may or may not be behind the disappearance of (it seems) anyone about the age of 12.

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Speaking of characters, let’s also talk about another aspect: Person of color (POC) main character! (Technically there’s two – and I like her as well – but you know how sometimes there’s characters who are both main characters but one character has a bit more attention? It’s like that). I know for some, you don’t really care and I won’t go into a rant on how important it is to have media with diversity that doesn’t force the characters into stereotype roles – even though I really want to – but it was super cool and it’s super important to me as a POC reader.

There’s a lot going on within the first few pages and I’m still not sure if I have an accurate idea of the character’s personalities beyond Mac’s – who is rough around the edges but obviously fulfilling the tough but heart of gold trope – but I foresee a lot of potential in them as the series continues. The Shakespearian-ish speak by the weird adults and some of the time traveling stuff was a bit confusing but most of the time things either made sense by using context clues or more information was given later on in the story.

Overall, despite the end of the volume leaving more questions than answers, the Paper Girls have definitely caught my attention and though I really have no idea where the story is going, I look forward to reading the next issue coming out in June.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

What do you all think? Have you read Paper Girls Vol. 1 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.

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