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Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel

Release Date: 5/7/2013

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About the Book: Nate and Charlie have an unlikely friendship. Nate is the president of the robotics club and Charlie is the popular basketball captain. The two friends find themselves pitted against each other in a student council election-and it's war. The cheerleaders, including Charlie's ex-girlfriend, want money for new uniforms and the robotics club want money to attend a robotics competition. Only one can win-and it's up to student council to decide who gets the money. And what will happen if the two decide to team up?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love a fun graphic novel and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is a very fun graphic novel! The premise is hilarious and unique-when have you seen robotics club represented in YA and when have you seen robotics teams partnering with cheerleaders? It's a heartwarming and laugh out loud funny story of friendship and the unexpected with high school politics.

Nate and Charlie are both great characters and Faith Erin Hicks helps show their personalities with her illustrations. I love Prudence Shen's characters and story and the illustrations just add to the format, showing off Nate's neurotic side and Charlie's shyness. The supporting cast of characters is well done and even if we don't get to see some of them very often, the storytelling and the artwork blend well to make them fully fleshed characters. The robot action scenes are fantastic and the illustrations really excel at showing what a competition is like, how much blood, sweat and tears goes into building a robot, and the teamwork that happens throughout.

What I really loved and appreciated about this graphic novel was how it bent stereotypes. Charlie is the popular athlete, but he's kind of shy and doesn't really know how to embrace his popularity. He also maintains a friendship with Nate, even though their paths don't cross much. The cheerleaders are a bit icy and mean, but they have some redeeming qualities. And Nate is just overall lovable and so into robotics you can't help but cheer for his passion. Yet the part that really stood out to me is that this is a story about friendships and breaking high school stereotypes, not a romance. There maybe could be a slight romance that is inferred, but it's such a tiny part of the plot that it's not a big deal. I loved that! It made the whole book seem even more realistic to me.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is one of new favorite graphic novels and a must read from this year. It would be perfect for teens looking for a graphic novel that is fun and just a bit different. It's a ton of fun and I loved being part of Nate and Charlie's world.

Book Pairings: Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from finished copy sent by the publisher


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  1. It sounds like a great graphic novel! The premise reminds me of "Ungifted" by Gordon Korman. That book is about a robotics team made up of gifted students and one "ungifted" one. Have you read it? If not, I highly recommend it! Thanks for the great review :)

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