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Saturday Smalls — March 9th, 2019

March 9, 2019

This week’s mini review round-up includes volumes 1-4 of a graphic novel series!


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Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison

TITLE: Giant Days, Vol. 1
AUTHORS: John Allison
RELEASE DATE: November 24th, 2015
GENRE: Contemporary
AGE RANGE: NA

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.

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I’ve been meaning to read Giant Days forever, and I’m so glad I finally picked up the series! It’s not often that I get into contemporary graphic novels, but this is an exception worth making. The characters are lively and fun (especially Esther, who is naturally my little goth heart’s fave), there’s a healthy mix of diversity thrown into the cast, and the storyline is engaging while even being just a little bit suspenseful.

4stars

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Giant Days, Vol. 2 by John Allison

TITLE: Giant Days, Vol. 2
AUTHORS: John Allison
RELEASE DATE: April 12th, 2016
GENRE: Contemporary
AGE RANGE: NA

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I enjoyed volume 1 a lot but wasn’t sure if I was one hundred percent sold on this series until reading this volume. You can tell the creator really hit his groove a bit more here and the characters feel more fleshed-out, plus McGraw has to be one of the cutest love interests I’ve ever seen and his antics with Susan constantly cracked me up.

5stars

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Giant Days, Vol. 3 by John Allison

TITLE: Giant Days, Vol. 3
AUTHORS: John Allison
RELEASE DATE: October 11th, 2016
GENRE: Contemporary
AGE RANGE: NA

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This series just keeps getting better and better. Can we please see more of Big Lindsay? She was amazing and I lovedthe little “twist” with her character—how precious. It’s funny how I feel like I have a different favorite character with each passing installment—first Esther, then McGraw, now Lindsay—but the turmoil at the end with a certain very precious and grouchy couple has me all kinds of stressed out and quickly reaching for volume 4! 😂

5stars

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Giant Days, Vol. 4 by John Allison

TITLE: Giant Days, Vol. 4
AUTHORS: John Allison
RELEASE DATE: March 14th, 2017
GENRE: Contemporary
AGE RANGE: NA

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It had been a few weeks since I’d picked up volumes 1-3, so I wasn’t sure how quickly this volume would suck me back in, but within a couple of panels, I was wondering why the heck I put the series down for even such a short amount of time as this! I missed Esther, Susan, and Daisy, even though this wasn’t my favorite volume so far (mostly because I’m quietly rioting over Susan and a certain someone being grouchy at each other).

5stars

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  • Reply Susan Crosby March 9, 2019 at 10:07 am

    It is refreshing to see someone do graphic novels. I should have had the guts to do this with Umbrella Academy or Deadly Class before they were picked up for TV… but I am glad you are doing it. It will be great exposure for those that think it isn’t “reading”.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 9, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Humbug to those people! Graphic novels count just as much as anything else! 🙂

      • Reply Susan Crosby March 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

        Exactly and just like any genre they take their own skillset to read and read correctly. Kids thought my graphic novels class was an easy A… uh. No. Lol

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall March 9, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    This sounds like such a fun graphic novel series!! I might have to give it a try! ❤️

  • Reply CJR The Brit March 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Saturday Smalls makes me think of a pair of undies you only wear on a Saturday!!!! Great reviews 😘

  • Reply evelynreads1 March 10, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Ooh I love giant days! They are so much fun!
    (www.evelynreads.com)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      I’ve had a blast with the series so far! I have vols 6 & 7 from the library out and I’m hoping to read them tonight or tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply Sunday Post — March 10, 2019 – howling libraries March 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    […] Giant Days, Vol. 1-4 (mini reviews) […]

  • Reply Hannah Brown March 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read these for quite a while. I love graphic novels!

  • Reply Ellyn March 17, 2019 at 6:29 am

    So glad you’re reading the series too, the later volumes are even better!

  • Reply Rachel @ thewasofshall March 27, 2019 at 10:37 am

    UGH Giant Days is my absolute FAVORITE. I feel like I wait forever in between releases!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      It’s been such a good series and I am SO dreading the moment when I catch up and have to wait on the next one 😭😂

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