Graphic Novel Review: Giant Days Vol 1 + 2 by John Allison

Title: Giant Days Vol 1 & Vol 2
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman & Max Sarin & Whitney Cogar
Published: 2015 & 2016
Genre: Graphic Novel

Synopsis: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

My Rating: red-starred-starred-starred-star

Combining this review because I literally read these the same day. Giant Days is a graphic series that revolves around 3 main girls and their friendship the first year of college. It is as close to Lumberjanes for adults without crazy fantasy as you can get. That being said, I enjoy this much more than Lumberjanes but it might be because I’m just too old for Lumberjanes.

The 3 girls have a very distinct personality, Susan is the spunky anti-social with solid sarcasm, Esther is a beautiful Gothic fairy princess and Daisy is a home-schooled, sheltered girl who is discovering the world and herself. I enjoyed their dynamic and the schemes they got into plus I loved the friendship which is the best part of the series.

This is contemporary set in England with loads of awesome side characters especially the strange but charming McGraw who has some sort of past with Susan but neither will divulge what it is and why Susan hates him with the fire of a thousand suns. We have parties and drugs and flu seasons along with school work responsibilities thrown in. The art is fantastic along with the coloring so this was also very visually appealing to me.

Overall, both volumes were solid 4 stars for me and I cannot wait to get more. I highly recommend these if you were a fan of Lumberjanes or want to inject some fun college graphic novel into your reading.

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