The Plain Janes

The Plain Janes

Book - 2007
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Written by Cecil Castellucci Art and cover by Jim Rugg When a transfer student named Jane is forced to move from the cool confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there in the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save the hell that is high school? Advance-solicited; in stores May 16 - 176 pg, 5.25" x 8", B & W, $9.99 US Edited by Shelly Bond PRODUCT UPDATE (080107): Plain Janes was erroneously listed on the July 18 Order Status Report as a stripped cover return. In fact, this book is eligible for full copy returns only, beginning August 15. Retailers will be notified of the title's status on the Order Status Reports that accompany their August 15 invoicing. Diamond apologizes for any confusion created by this error. Retailers with additional questions should contact their Diamond Customer Service Representative.
ISBN: 9781401211158
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly illustrated ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rugg, Jim - Author


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JCLEmmaF Sep 06, 2019

I had expected to read about a secret art girl gang, but what I hadn't realized is that the backdrop is the American fear of mass violence. That confirmed fear is what stokes the need for the girls to create beauty in the world. While the characters were almost comically flat, the content and story itself was something so deeply relevant to specifically this weekend that it felt important, and sweet.

Apr 16, 2018

Whoo-hoo! I want to start a PLAIN group in my town!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Nov 20, 2010

Awkward and kind of "indie-ish"

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!

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 cause all these books are published by minx !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

Jan 18, 2010

I 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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