The Plain Janes

The Plain Janes

Book - 2007
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When Jane moves to the suburbs, she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends, also named Jane, who form a club P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art in Neighborhoods), but can art really save a group of misfits from the turmoil of high school?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Minx/DC Comics, c2007.
ISBN: 9781401211158
1401211151
Branch Call Number: YA GRAPHIC FICTION Castellu Cecil
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rugg, Jim 1977-

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When Jane moves to the suburbs, she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends who form a club, P.L.A.I.N.E., but can art really save a group of misfits from high school?


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booksmaht
Sep 27, 2013

Even if you think you don't like graphic novels, you owe it to yourself and these characters to give this one a try -- smart, funny girls trying to survive high school and make the world a better place at the same time!

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tegan
Sep 28, 2011

I liked that the plain janes do guerilla art in this graphic novel, but the framing of that part of the story into the larger story is not all that great. Drawings are good. I especially like the representation of 'Main Jane'. And the author does a good job of making it easy to differentiate between story, thoughts, and letters.

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DeltaQueen50
Sep 02, 2011

I found the Plain Janes to be an extremely interesting graphic novel. I was immediately drawn into the story and couldn’t wait to see where it was going. After surviving a terrorist bomb attack, her parents move themselves and their daughter Jane from the large city to a small town.

Fitting in at a new high school is always tricky, and Jane decides this time she isn’t just going to try and be popular, she wants to find her true niche. So she joins the loser table at lunch, and discovers they all have a variation of Jane for a name. They decide to band together and the Plain Janes are born. As well as hanging out, the Plain Janes devise a plan to bring street art to their small town, calling their effort “People Loving Art In the Neighbourhood” (P.L.A.I.N.). They are soon leaving their artwork all over town which doesn’t please everyone.

Dealing with varied subjects from fitting in, creativity and self-expression, to dealing with the post 9/11 world, this book still manages to keep the tone light and the story interesting. I found the end of the book fell a little flat with some of the story points being left hanging, but overall I loved the story, the message and the artwork.

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Hazza
Jul 12, 2011

I thought that this was a great graphic novel, but not everyone will like it. You have to be into art to be able to understand the things that they do.

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LTHL
Nov 20, 2010

Awkward and kind of "indie-ish"

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missvicki04
Oct 17, 2010

Cute story, liked the artwork and made me want to put a bunch of gnomes on the police station! Lol! Beyond funny, a bit of weird ending but overall funny!

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lavrin
Apr 15, 2010

If you liked the plain janes check out emika superstar,token,clubbing,janes in love good as lily,re gifters and cofessions of a blabber mouth also check out minxbooks.com cause all these books are published by minx !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

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juskertay
Jan 18, 2010

I really...like this book b/c i like art too ! and it shows that ppl should be free with their art(not all over the city though u might get in trouble)! :)

sit_walk Aug 06, 2009

As some other reviewers have commented, the plot is a tad outlandish. But it's still a fun read and makes a nice counterpoint to a lot of other more male-oriented graphic novels.

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Aim_for_peace
Aug 05, 2009

I really wanted to love this graphic novel, and I tried. I love the concept of a collection of activist misfit girls. However, I thought there were just too many elements going on (a bomb, overbearing parents, a mystery man in a coma etc.), and none of these drew me in completely. I found the plot just a bit too unrealistic for my taste.

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