Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: FINDING MOLLY: AN ADVENTURE IN CATSITTING by Justine Prado


Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting is a graphic novel about Molly Sanchez-Talebi, an unemployed art school grad who hesitantly starts catsitting to pay the bills. She dreams of breaking out of suburbia and her artistic rut, but she has a lot of self-discovery to do before that happens. The comic follows her funny misadventures as she learns that maybe these (sometimes) friendly felines are just what she needs to get her life on track.


Reviewed by: Sandra
Rating: 5 stars

Review: The illustrations were awesome and hilarious! Art was so colorful! Facial expressions were so lively and animated. Molly totally rocked! I loved her snarky and candid repartee. She is so funny, down-to-Earth, and relatable. I totally saw myself in her. The artistic block, the desire to create an epic masterpiece, the fear that no one will like your work, the pitiful lack of money, the envy of those more successful than you, and the creative rut you fall into when all else fails—all things I, and so many artists, can relate to. Being of Mexican descent and an artist, I definitely think we need more Latina characters like her in books and comics.

FINDING MOLLY is a testament to staying true to yourself and finding your way. It’s a tribute to the art world. Such a fun story! Love, love, loved it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review: SINGLE CHICAS by Sandra Lopez

Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you're looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you're better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she's never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.
 




Reviewed by: Bela

Rating: 5 stars

Review: This is a wonderful collection of short stories starring smart and savvy Latinas. Each one shows an entertaining view of the dramas of love, dating, and marriage.

Lopez excels at creating dialogue that is both believable and intriguing. In order to show the multi-faceted nature of marriage, the dialogue serves as not only a plotting device but also a window into the many reasons why people choose to get married.
One of the biggest strengths of this collection is the wide variety of storylines Lopez creates around the theme of singledom. From a woman who is tricked into believing she has memory loss so she’ll fall in love with her long-time admirer, to a woman who starts to fall for her phone stalker, to a woman who fakes lesbianism to reject a man’s advances, you won’t know what to expect next on this fun ride through the book. But it’s not all fun and games. Lopez manages to successfully mix the amusing and quirky storylines with more serious plots with stories.

This book is for anyone who has ever been single, for anyone who has ever laughed about attempting to navigate the dark waters of the dating world, and for anyone who has found herself in a less-than-desirable relationship but still hoped for something better. Lopez’s collection will definitely leave you wanting more. It was like making thirteen new friends and having a really fun girls' night out or in, to share stories about our day while feasting on junk food.