Monday 1 May 2023

SQUAD by Maggie Tokuda-Hall & Lisa Sterle


SquadSquad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I've had my eye on this colourful graphic novel for a while, and decided to read it tonight.

When Becca starts attending a posh high school, she's positive she won't make any friends. But then she helps a popular girl and gets invited into their group. Except, these aren't regular girls, and Becca makes a decision that changes everything...

You know, there are some really cool things about this story. I love the bright and pretty art. The feminist angle mixed in with werewolf lore is very interesting. There's a sweet sapphic connection. Teenage girls pushing back against the patriarchy is always great. But all of these excellent factors are undermined by a bunch of pesky passive aggressive, vaguely racist, and questionable issues.

This is really unfortunate, because I really wanted to love this.

Also, I know these are supposed to be mean girls, but this group was SO hard to like. Asides from Becca and Marley, the other characters are not pleasant. All the boys sucked. Not a single one of these characters were worth liking. I especially didn't like Arianna. Or, Becca's mother who got on my nerves. Most of her dialogue is awful and even unrealistic.

Yeah, there are some good things about this, but the pesky annoyances and everyday cliches definitely got in the way. 🫤

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