In rediscovering my love for the library, I’ve been trying to attend library programming that I think I’ll enjoy. To that end, a friend and I headed to a ‘book tasting’ at a local branch to discover new titles we might find intriguing.
We both picked up the first volume of Giant Days, as it was slim and seemed like a fun choice.
It centers around three young women, Susan, Esther, and Daisy, who have just started at university and become friends in the process.
Daisy was homeschooled, and is quite naïve to the ways of the world. Esther is pale and lovely, and perhaps too interesting for her own good. Susan is the narrator, and in her own words is the common sense silo of the group – though she is perhaps more jaded than she lets on.
I found this to be a fast and enjoyable read. At times laugh-out-loud funny, it is the exact kind of mood lightening story that I needed at the time. This was predominantly a story of friendship. The girls tackle issues that come and go in uni: getting sick, making bets, finding love, avoiding old flames, drugs, and navigating the confusing tangle of academics and feelings.
The reader follows the girls as they learn what it is to live in the wider world. Actions have consequences, and while they’re generally funny in this book, Susan’s choices especially come back to eat at her a little more seriously.
The side characters McGraw, Ed, and Nadia were great as well. Just enough about them was said to make them interesting, and I’m looking forward to seeing them in future volumes.
The art was colorful and perfectly captured vivid facial and body expressions. The panels were laid out in a simple narrative fashion that suited the story.
The antics and depiction of the main characters will keep you entertained throughout this volume, and have you looking forward to the next one.
A solid choice for a fun read.
Have you read Giant Days? What was the last fun read you picked up? Let me know in the comments below!