Lumberjanes follows a group of five young girls through their misadventures in a Girl Scouts-esque camp setting, complete with magical twists such as three-eyed foxes, mythical critters galore, secret caves, and more. It’s a story of clever wits, resourcefulness, adventure, and most importantly, friendship to the max!
Let me start off by saying that this book is, first and foremost, CUTE. AS. FUCK. I really adored the artwork and the characters so much. The art itself is precious, the characters have such great personalities, and the friendship depicted made teenage me super envious. I totally always wanted a group of gal pals that I could go off and have fun adventures with, and Lumberjanes showcases it perfectly.
Not only is the story line fun, and not only are the characters a delight that I just totally want more of, but this book has amazing diversity in the character lineup. There’s also a hint of romantic tension between two of the girls that feels so innocent and adorable and makes me wish that these books had been around when I was younger and feeling less accepting of my own sexuality. I would have lived for this kind of representation! It feels natural and real and has all of the best elements of those teenage crushes we all had, with timidness and blushing and the works.
While I’ll say that the pages explaining the badges themselves were a bit boring, it wasn’t enough to detract from my rating as they’re not necessary and you could honestly skim past them without missing anything important. I just cannot say enough good things about this book and really can’t wait to get my hands on volume 2. I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a cutesy graphic novel with a whole lot of mischievous antics and fun.