August 20, 2018

Giant Days by Non Pratt

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I've heard so much about the Giant Days graphic novel series, but I've never managed to pick it up and see for myself. This was somewhat remedied when I found out that there was a novel based around the same characters. Giant Days by Non Pratt follows the same three girls as the graphic novel: Susan, Esther, and Daisy, as they navigate their first year of college (university). I'm not quite sure where on the timeline this story takes place, but it definitely isn't the very beginning of their friendship.

The story is about these three girls trying to find themselves and their place in the world of college. Esther tries to befriend an ultra-cool goth girl and bends over backwards trying to impress her. Susan throws herself headfirst into her medical studies to escape her past. And Daisy joins every club possible hoping to find something that sticks. Chaos ultimately ensues leading the girls to need each other more than ever, and really learn the value of true friendship in the process. I do want to put a trigger warning on this for roofies and a scene that could have led to rape.

As much as I wanted to love this book, unfortunately I just didn't. The only real action happened in the last few chapters, so it was hard to push through until then. Normally I'm fine with this in character-driven novels, but the characters didn't even really change or develop enough to keep me interested until that point. The main characters were fine, and while I liked Esther and Susan, Daisy really rubbed me the wrong way. And the side characters were just awful in my opinion, and didn't really serve a purpose until the very end. I also don't understand the title. Maybe it makes more sense if you've read the graphic novels. I'm glad I took a stab at this book, and am still definitely interested in learning more about the Giant Days world as a whole, but this isn't a memorable read for me.

If you're a fan of the graphic novels and love these three girls, definitely pick up this read! But if you're new to the Giant Days world, you should probably start with the graphic novels then segue over to this novel. I think it would be a great addition to an already established world, but as a stand alone it unfortunately fell flat for me.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Amulet Books for sending me an advanced copy of this read! Giant Days by Non Pratt comes out TOMORROW, August 21st, so if this sounds up your alley or you love the graphic novel series, be sure to pick up a copy! 

7 comments:

Entertainingly Nerdy said...

This book sounds really interesting. I'll have to check it out. I always hate when they leave the action until towards the end of the book though.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

Bummer! I hope your next read is a 5-star gem.

DJ Sakata said...

It happens to us all - I admire your honesty and reviewing skill as this type of review is the hardest for me to write.

Jo Linsdell said...

Shame this one wasn't for you. Hope your next read is better.

Terri said...

It's too bad this one didn't work out for you. I had a lot of promise.

Kacie said...

I appreciate the honesty of your review. I hope you enjoy your next read more! :)

Whispering Stories said...

Pity this wasn't great for you. It sounded so good and the cover is gorgeous. Hears to a better next read.