In the meantime, I've been stealing moments away to read, and have needed to share my review for Plain Janes for some time.
When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there in the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. -- People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save the hell that is high school?"
Review: Plain Janes is an interesting, comic sort of story right from the get go. With Jane's move from Metro City, where she experienced a traumatic bombing (in the first several frames), there is more to Jane's back story than expected. I know that I found myself trying to figure out if "Metro City" was supposed to be some city today, with some connection to an attack or event, but I had to give that up to go with the story. Although Jane has experienced something traumatic, that has changed who she is, the story is more about her difference and others who feel different right along with her.
Jane has a nice bunch of "misfit" Janes that she befriends and is able to convince to start this gang of "artists" who go out doing obscure things to garner attention for art. In this case, that art is an expression of some sort, which intimidates the law and everyone else who are trying to keep some order to Suburbia. Of course, to this mix we have to add a mysterious boy, who may or may not like Jane. What teen story would be complete without the mysterious guy who seems to notice how unique our main heroine really is?
|Jane, meeting her misfit Janes on her first day at school.|
*FTC Disclosure: The review is based on a library copy of the novel.