I loved this graphic novel, it was gripping and the three girl's character development was effortlessly done. Each with a bit more back story, showing their defining traits and abilities, as well as shifting previous views. Mac, the tough chick, is hit with some traumatic news which completely throws her character out of proportion. She becomes reckless, fearless, but is still so clearly a scared child who does not know how to accept or express an emotionally charged situation. Tiff is the character who most comes into her own; she is self sacrificing, caring, a voice of reason, but also a bit of a desperado. She is the glue keeping the girls together and on track. Erin has grown into a leader, the one the other girls listen to, respect and expect to know the answers. She is both hard and soft, she does not let confusion distract her. She also makes sure to hide truths until they are absolutely necessary to reveal them. These girls are amazing, and the more I read about them the more they grow on me and earn my respect.
This graphic novel is how a coming of age story is done right. We see these young women growing and learning, aging without the use of sex or inappropriate behaviour. They rely on each other, and have no need for romantic interests or distractions. This is a graphic novel about friendship through hardship. The plot is at once easy to understand; while also being complex, intricate and pushing the use of the reader's own imagination.
The colours were more muted in this volume, which seemed to highlight the bleak future. The future was darker, more reserved, shadowed. Pinks were once again used during times of duress, ie. the introduction of two large monsters battling each other, or when Mac finds out something tragic about her past. In the final panels of the graphic novel, the reader is treated to the most vibrant and idyllic colour scheme yet, and right away my guard went up. Something is off, these colours tell me to be weary and worried for our girls. What might they be greeted by in this beautiful place?
Favourite scene: when young Erin tells older Erin to love herself and lists all the points about older Erin that make her think her future looks pretty good. One of the most bizarre cases of a self confidence boost. So perfect, some quick words off the cuff that lead to a wordless few panels that really shine. Made me smile, even with the ever dreaded pink warning that something horrific lurks and where they are headed may well be a trap. Well done! Cannot wait to read Paper Girls 3.
Book 45/50...5 to go!