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The Plain Janes

Castellucci, Cecil (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Four girls named Jane are anything but ordinary once they form a secret art girl gang and take on Suburbia by painting the town P.L.A.I.N in this graphic novel.
Authors: Castellucci, Cecil, 1969-
Title: The plain Janes
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, 2007
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Summary: Four girls named Jane are anything but ordinary once they form a secret art girl gang and take on Suburbia by painting the town P.L.A.I.N in this graphic novel.
Additional Contributors: Rugg, Jim
ISBN: 1401211151
9781401211158
Branch Call Number: ygn CASTELLUC
Subject Headings: Street art Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Graphic novels
Topical Term: Street art
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Four girls named Jane are anything but ordinary once they form a secret art girl gang and take on Suburbia by painting the town P.L.A.I.N in this graphic novel with illus by Jim Rugg.

Four girls named Jane are anything but ordinary once they form a secret art girl gang and take on Suburbia by painting the town P.L.A.I.N in this graphic novel.


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Sep 27, 2013
  • booksmaht rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Jul 14, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting and inspiring read about not always going with the crowd and the positive influence of small rebellions.

Feb 07, 2012
  • deneler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The story line is relatable, and the message positive. I would have loved to have something like this to read when I was a teenager. The only thing that really knocks it down a star is the illustrations... I prefer something a little more raw like what can be found in The Complete Essex County.

Sep 28, 2011
  • tegan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 02, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 12, 2011
  • Hazza rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 21, 2010
  • LTHL rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Awkward and kind of "indie-ish"

Oct 17, 2010
  • missvicki04 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 15, 2010
  • lavrin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

Jan 18, 2010
  • juskertay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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)! :)

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Oct 27, 2009
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Dec 16, 2008
  • DavidB rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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