A sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us from graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.
Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.
In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).
In her first prose story for young adults, graphic novelist Hicks (The Nameless City) explores feuding families, comic books, and love. Years ago, Joseph Warrick and Micah Kendrick, cocreators of the popular TomorrowMen comics, fought each other for financial rights. Warrick ended up with millions, and Kendrick received a pittance. Resentment has trickled down through the generations, and now Warrick's grandson Weldon leads a glamorous but unhappy life in L.A., while Kendrick's granddaughter, high school junior Miriam, scrapes by with her family in tiny Sandford, Nova Scotia. After Weldon's parents break up, his bad behavior lands him in Sandford to spend a summer with his aunt and uncle, and the teens' comics shop meet-cute spells instant attraction. They date secretly, aware of their families' wariness of one another, until a lie Weldon tells threatens the budding romance and stirs up old injustices. This modern-day tale of fortune-crossed lovers features a relatable hero and heroine and a happier ending than Shakespeare's tragedy. If supporting characters seem somewhat underdeveloped and resolutions a little too tidy, snappy dialogue and a dramatic climax compensate. Ages 12 up.