Mini Review: The Girl Who Owned a City Graphic Novel by O.T. Nelson

Title: The Girl Who Owned a City
Author: O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, Joelle Jones, Jenn Manley Lee
Series: None
Publisher: Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 126
Format/Source: Graphic Novel Paperback/Purchased 
Age Group/Genre: Middle Grade/Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

My parents are gone, so I’m responsible for my little brother Todd. I have to make sure we stay alive. Many kids are sick or starving, and fierce gangs are stealing and destroying everything they find. Lots of people have given up, but here on Grand Avenue, some of us are surviving, because of me.
I figured out how to give the kids on Grand Avenue food, homes, and protection against the gangs. But Tom Logan and his army are determined to take away what we’ve built and rule the streets themselves. How long can we keep fighting them off? We need to find another place for us to live safely.
A strong place, a secret place.
In a world like this, someone has to take charge. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

As with all my mini reviews, I’m just going to share some of my notes with you:

  • In the 6th grade, I read The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson, and LOVED it. I’m pretty sure it’s the first post-apocalyptic book I had ever read and it definitely shaped my reading preferences from then on. So I was very excited to read this graphic novel adaptation of the story.
  • Lisa seems really bossy in this version. Maybe she was in the original book, too, and I just don’t remember. It has been several years since I’ve read the first one (although I have reread it as an adult).
  • I’m not really in love with the artwork. It’s not bad, really, just not my style. And some of the drawings just look off, or disproportionate. Of course, it’s all much better than I could ever do!
  • I’m on page 45 (out of 126), and I feel like I’m really close to the end of the original story. Does this expand on the story? Or do I really just not remember the book?
  • Why the hell does Tom Logan look like Two-Face?
  • I really don’t remember some of these parts. Either they added to the story or I just don’t remember the original book. Maybe I should go back and read it…
My rating for The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel by O.T. Nelson et al:
Actually more like 2.5 stars. I still LOVE the original story, but the graphic novel just kind of lacked something for me. I liked seeing the places in the story drawn out, but other than that, I was pretty disappointed with this graphic novel. It could be that I love the original so much and I was expecting too much from this one. I still love the original, though, and would love to see it made into a movie or TV show.
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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