Snotgirl #1 Review
Writer: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Art: Leslie Hung
If you had any confusion about the name Snot Girl, please rest easy because it is pretty much what I thought it was. Fashion blogger Lottie Person is living it up in downtown L.A., with the glory of social media fame keeping her together. However, she stumbles across a potential friend who is too cool for school. Cool Girl (Lottie’s preferred nickname for her) and Lottie hit it off pretty well until Cool Girl’s suave personality outshines Lottie. Now there is a battle of self-esteem and insecurities raging inside of Lottie. Pile that on top of really bad allergies, and you have Snot Girl.
I never want to judge a book by its title, so I tried to save some judgement and put away any hesitation I might have had. However, those hesitations and judgments were extremely valid upon entering the world of Snot Girl. Yes there is an excess of snot in plenty of places for this book. So much so, that I can’t help but think about it. It is a bit distracting and pretty gross, but that’s what I get for picking up a book called Snot Girl. Now, I’m not the type of person to shy away from a lot a things, but this book was one I could not deal with. It wasn’t just the snot, but there were some really weird things going on in this first issue.
First, we have Lottie’s double life. What I mean is that she is glitz and glam in public, but extremely self-conscious, insecure, and also self-centered. This girl has a lot of nerve talking bad about anyone, but I guess that is the case for some people. I mean, haven’t we all heard that bullies and self-absorbed people are the most insecure? That rule certainly applies. Second, I am sensing some romantic tension here. Bear with me, I can sense these things. Last, but not least, murder! Everything was pretty much okay until Cool Girl’s body dropped to the floor. I hope that got your attention.
I am so confused on what to say about this book. I barely even know what’s happening half the time. Sure the first part of the story is kinda straightforward and I know who our main character is, but this story is kinda jumpy towards the end. I have no idea what Bryan Lee O’Malley has planned, and I am expecting a well written explanation in the next book because none of this is making much sense. I have read the book at least three times now. O’Malley is in no way a bad writer, but he does leave much to be desired. I won’t fault O’Malley for suspense or cliffhangers because he does that rather well. I have to say I’m not much of a Lottie fan or a Cool Girl fan, so I don’t know what to say about them. Issue #2 is needed immediately.
I kinda like the style of the book. Leslie Hung keeps it nice and colorful. I really love colorful art if you haven’t guesses already. It almost reminds me of the bishoujo style of anime and manga that I have come across in the past except there is a noticeable difference. It is a good different, and it looks good for the most part. I wasn’t a fan of the long fingers or some of the facial expressions, but Leslie Hung has a great art style. I know this may sound redundant, but I hate the snot! No amount of cutesy art will ever make that amount of snot okay in my book. Hung just gives it this really gross look to it. I know its snot guys, but I just can’t. I am liking Hung’s work, so I will try to keep with it.