Author/Illustrators: Dave Roman & John Green
Okay, so I was browsing the graphic novel section of the library, and I came across this. Since the tagline is “The angst of being a teen, the thrill of being a boat!” I knew it would be cheesy, but I was hoping that it fell more on the lines of campy and less on the lines of the worst idea ever.
The book follows a few adventures with a kid we only know as TeenBoat!, and who looks a wee bit like Ron Stoppable from the old Kim Possible cartoon. It doesn’t take long to decide that this book is every bit as campy as it first appeared, and I am so glad that the creators made it that way on porpoise.
(See what I did there?)
And I warn you now, the book has every single boat pun you can think of, plus a few you wish you hadn’t. TeenBoat!’s love interest is a foreign exchange student named Nina Pinta Santa Maria. He wakes up covered in barnacle scales. He falls in love with a Gondola on a school trip to Venice.
How campy is it?
So I found a new port of call named Catalina Safehaven. Even though we’re in the same study hall, I never really noticed her because she always had her face behind a book. But when she started reading Prince of Tides, it really caught my attention…
Yeah. It’s totally like that.
So for a rating. It’s campy, it’s silly. But it’s short and it stands by itself. At around 130 pages, it’s worth it for a couple hours of your time when you’re in the mood for something light. So I will give it a 4/5.