Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen

Charlie and Nate are good friends despite how different they are.  Charlie is the captain of the basketball team and Nate is the president of the robotics club, a true geek.  Their friendship is put to the test when their school says that the next student body president will get to decide whether to fund new cheerleading uniforms or a trip to a robotics competition.  Charlie doesn't care much but his ex-girlfriend - a cheerleader - puts him up as a candidate against Nate.  The war between the two groups escalates until the principal puts an end to it and the students decide the only way to get what they both want is to win the competition together.  This graphic novel tells a funny story with a few serious undertones.  I don't often say this about graphic novels, but it is a good choice for a reluctant reader who has to read something for a class project because the character development is deep enough that I think many teachers would feel okay about counting it.