Jen Van Meter has my undying gratitude for writing these stories about the Hopeless-Savage family. (I may or may not have kissed the cover after I read this book the first time. There is no video evidence either way, is all I'm saying.)
The Hopeless-Savage clan is comprised of two parents who met during their careers as punk rock musicians, then settled down to have four children, in a suburban setting which isn't always the best match. Whether they're foiling their parents' kidnapping, de-brainwashing their oldest brother who is working for a corporate coffee chain, or living through a documentary film crew following them around, the Hopeless-Savages make up one of the most genuine and wonderful families I've had the pleasure to read about.
The first arc is centered on the youngest daughter, Skank Zero Hopeless-Savage. (Um, yeah, there's a lot of "language" in this book, just so you know.) We also get good arcs about each older sibling, including her gay older brother Twitch and his (awwwww!) sweet relationship with his boyfriend. His lost romance and his little sister's fledgling one collide beautifully at one point, and it's so sweet it practically brought me to happy tears. This is is not a "suffer because you're gay" story. This is a "sometimes love is hard, and sometimes it's awesome" story with a happy ending.
One of my fave books to recommend for anyone who's into YA, indie comics, or just zany stories about good people!
This book is amazing. Think Scott pilgrim meets a punk rock Brady bunch like family. The only negative thing I can say about it is that it ends. If you like stories that show actual people and the way love brings everyone together defintly check this out. If you ever wished your family was famous or you or your sister had super ninja skills check this out. If you like punk music check this out. If you ever wonder what was going on in the kid with green hair's head check this out.So umm you know check this out.
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