The Plain Janes

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • The Plain Janes
  • Cecil Castellucci
  • 10 February 2017
  • 0316522724

About the Author: Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts illustrated by Nate Powell , First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love illustrated by Jim Rugg , Tin Star Stone in the Sky, Odd Duck illustrated by Sara Varon and Star Wars Moving Target A Princess Leia Adventure Her short stories have been published in various places including Black Clock, The Rattling Wall, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine and can be found in such anthologies such as After, Teeth, Truth Dare, The Eternal Kiss, Sideshow and Interfictions 2 and the anthology, which she co edited, Geektastic.She is the recipient of the California Book Award Gold Medal for her picture book Grandma s Gloves, illustrated by Julia Denos, the Shuster Award for Best Canadian Comic Book Writer for The Plain Janes and the Sunburst Award for Tin Star The Year of the Beasts was a finalist for the PEN USA literary award and Odd Duck was Eisner nominated.She splits her time between the heart and the head and lives north and south of everything Her hands are small And she likes you very much.


The Plain JanesMeet The Plain Janes Teenage Artist Activists On A Mission To Wake Up Their Sleepy Suburban Town In This Graphic Novel Bind Up, Perfect For Fans Of This One Summer And Awkward.After Getting Caught In The Midst Of A Terrorist Attack On Metro City, Artsy Misfit Jane Beckles Is Forced To Leave Her Beloved Bustling Metropolis For The Boring Suburb Of Kent Waters At First Jane Thinks Her Life Is Over, But Then She Finds Where She Belongs At The Reject Table In The Cafeteria, Along With Brain Jayne, Theater Jane, And Sporty Polly Jane United By Only Two Things A Shared Name And An All Too Relatable Frustration With The Adults Around Them The Girls Form A Secret Club Dedicated To Waking Up Their Fellow Citizens With Guerrilla Works Of Art Scattered Around Town.But For Main Jane, The Group Is Than Just A Simple Act Of Teenaged Rebellion, It S An Act Of Survival She S Determined Not To Let Fear Rule Her Life Like It Does Her Parents And Neighbors Armed With Her Sketchbook And A Mission Of Resistance, She S Out To Prove That True Passion And A Group Of Good Friends Can Save Anyone From The Hell That Is High School.Includes The Original Two Installments Of The Cult Classic Graphic Novel The Plain Janes The Plain Janes And Janes In Love Plus A Never Before Seen Third Story, Janes Attack Back And It Gets Even Better In The Final Book, Each Part Will Be Printed In Its Own Distinct Color, Because There S Nothing Plain About These Janes.

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  1. Cristina Monica says:

    3.5 stars This graphic novel makes the following claim, supported by multiple events, throughout its story that art saves That without it, we can easily drown underwater and lose sight of the beauty that surrounds us even in bleak times Jane Beckles is the new girl in school She suffers from PTSD after being at the wrong place at the wrong time and is now doing her best to put the past behind But it is haunting her One way she found to cope, somehow, was to create an art collective called 3.5 stars This graphic novel makes the following claim, supported by multiple events, throughout its story that art saves That without it, we can easily drown underwater and lose sight of the beauty that surrounds us even in bleak times Jane Beckles is the new girl in school She suffers from PTSD after being at the wrong place at the wrong time and is now doing her best to put the past behind But it is haunting her One way she found to cope, somehow, was to create an art collective called P.L.A.I.N with other girls all named Jane or Jayne from her new school.Together, these girls dare to create art in their neighbourhood They dare to express themselves and even challenge the authorities They gain allies and enemies along the way but no one can take this away from Jane Beckles Meanwhile developing art projects, their lives continue and each Jane works toward her own future.While Jane Beckles is the main character and we don t get to know the other Janes as well as we know her, since we re in her head all the time, I still enjoyed seeing the Janes grow up and explore their own respective passions other than art And even find love.I did not understand Jane Beckles relationship with her love interest, and I still don t know much about him presently or trust him to be courageous enough to commit to her, really But he is there for her, that I cannot deny At times, this graphic novel is childish, like when one of the Janes creates a substance which has an unrealistic effect, but other times it s very mature, realistic and inspiring Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  2. s.penkevich says:

    An artist must be a reactionary.Evelyn Waughso to tenderness I add my action.Aracelis GirmayArt is a form of communication with the world, an expression of ideas, a reaction to the world around you The PLAIN Janes b Cecil Castelucci and illustrated by Jim Rugg is a fantastic discussion on the importance of art in our lives and of the conversations that occur around it It is also very dear to me on a number of levels Just a quick flip through this book told me I needed to read it street art An artist must be a reactionary.Evelyn Waughso to tenderness I add my action.Aracelis GirmayArt is a form of communication with the world, an expression of ideas, a reaction to the world around you The PLAIN Janes b Cecil Castelucci and illustrated by Jim Rugg is a fantastic discussion on the importance of art in our lives and of the conversations that occur around it It is also very dear to me on a number of levels Just a quick flip through this book told me I needed to read it street art, police opposition and censorship, female empowerment, trying to make something beautiful in a frightening worldeverything I wanted to read Particularly the discussions around the tone policing of art in a public sphere the impetuses of creating public art, especially since my own artistic endeavors came under scrutiny of the local authorities.buton that in a bit This edition collects the complete three volumes, the first two published in 2007 and 2008 and then the third finally arriving in 2020 While the second volume Janes in Love wraps up the story to some extent, the third volume really brings the message of their art to question amidst the natural breakdown of teenage friend circles and feels like afulfilling conclusion to the whole story instead of tacked on The story follows Jane Main Jane as she forms an art coalition of friends all named Jane in an effort to bring art to their town through pop up installation work over the course of their high school years Their attempts are met with both support and backlash particularly from the local police and the three volumes chronicle the ways their art and friendships change with the times and how they overcome the obstacles that befall them From under cover of night street artists to a City sanctioned art coalition with a grant to fund their work, PLAIN Janes takes a hard look at how the message of art is altered by the conditions in which it is made as well as how the creative spirit can thrive in the face of adversity A really beautiful portrait of friendship and perseverance, The PLAIN Janes is as moving as it is inspirational and thought provoking through its messages about artistic expression, individuality, finding your own way in the world and most importantly standing up for what you believe in an attempt to recraft the world in a better way.The story begins with Main Jane living in Metro City and surviving a bombing at a local cafe Her parents flee the city to a quiet community out of fear and Jane finds herself displaced Despite being openly welcomed by the popular crowd, Jane shrugs them off hoping to find a new start without any pretenses and forces her way into the uncool table at lunch three girls all named Jane who are social outcasts We meet Theater Jane, Brian Jane and Sporty Jane, who, along with James the solitary member of the school s Gay Club , are brought into a close friendship by Main Jane s enthusiasm for public art While initially caricatures for their individual social standings and a bit flat Theater Jane constantly quotes famous authors and is dramatic, Brain Jane quips about the mathematical beauty in music, Sporty Jane.well she just wants to get off the bench and actually play Castellucci slowly grows each character into multi dimensional personalities that make up a fairly authentic teenage social group and who isn t sort of a caricature of themselvesx at that age anyways with all the posturing and effort to be an individual The books mature along with the characters, as well, beingnuanced with their personalities initially they all seemed a bit too cookie cutter these are the attractive people but volume two briefly explores body image issues in a pretty productive and empowering way as well as the themes as it goes along Through the three books we see them come close together as friends, support each other, find romantic relationships and then, inevitably, begin to go their own ways as they blossom into themselves as Seniors who are planning ahead to their next phase in life Main Jane has PTSD from her brush with death and the news is filled with existential threats of violence from bombings to anthrax and school shootings this is set closly after 9 11 but does not stoop to presenting a fear of foreigners though in the whole conversation about the treatment towards outsiders it would have been nice to see a conversation about race occur There are a variety of races depicted in the book but the book stays fairly white and never discusses race Amidst the attack she finds a notebook with ART SAVES written on the cover next to an unconscious young man, whom she visits in the hospital while he is in a coma and continues to write to him John Doe eventually wakes up and goes back to his home in Poland, but their correspondence continues throughout all three volumes and serves a narrational purpose exposing her inner thoughts The words on the notebook have inspired her and she uses it to plot out public artworks that she and her friends leave about the city under the name of P.L.A.I.N People Loving Art In Neighborhoods First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, the you win. GanhdiThe project is loved by peers, who don t know who is doing it, but the local police do not like it Cue the narrative about under cover art attacks, police enforcement, conversations about if street art is vandalism or not, etc One thing that this book does very well is present a wide variety of really cute and cool street art ideas from installation pieces to yarn bombing yes, yarn boming is a real form of graffitti Unfortunately, aside from referencing the Dadaists, there is little to no mention of actual street artists which could have been a great jumping off point for readers to learnabout street art and the artists that inspired this book Central to PLAIN is Jane s desire to present the world in a beautiful way, as a reaction to the terror and violence in the world The random art attacks are a direct contrast to the bombing she experienced When met with resistance, Jane perseveres not only for her friends and for her art, but because the resistance in a way is to her belief in beauty that keeps her going We witness her mother so afraid of the world that she refuses to leave the house, and Jane just wants to remind people of the good in the world and in coming together such as a city wide dance party they organize inspired by the Case of the Meowing Nuns as a reaction to curfews PLAIN Janes is adorable and heartfelt when dealing with interpersonal relationships this is a really positive book for teens but is best when it comes to conversations on art, which is the predominant theme in the series.I personally empathized with their plight and really enjoyed the arguments in favor of public installations as art instead of vandalism For the past four years I ve had my own public art project consisting of leaving poems behind on trees wherever I go As with Main Jane, my art idea accrued in reaction to the world and emotional state around me At the time it began I was a delivery driver going around the midwest, staying overnight out of town, spending long days on the road It was a lonely existence for awhile I read a lot of poetry on breaks in my delivery van and would leave ones that touched me on trees as a sort of beacon to people who might also need them An I was here so to speak I wanted people to stumble upon poetry in nature and maybe think about poetry for just a moment of their day I created an instagram account follow me or take a look at poe_a_tree on instagram and wrote my anonymous handle on the poems so people could tag them and I could see if people found them Turns out a lot of people did With the help of a very good friend who also joined in for awhile, we came up with the idea to add art to them to catch people s attention I began practicing with oil pastels and started creating large works of art for each snippet of poetry and began going out at night and leaving them throughout the local campus and downtown my own art attacks like the Janes I ve met so many wonderful people this way, including my partner, and it was amazing to overhear people talk about it or tell me about it because I was completely anonymous After 3 years, the city declared it vandalism and sent a cease and desist order to my account with the threat of arrest and fine Like the Janes, I was caught and punishment awaited But, as the Janes learn, art can inspire a community I had posted the letter onto my accounts and was flooded with messages encouraging me Within a few hours the local paper contacted me and businesses started to contact me asking for a PoeATree post for their store You can read about it here from the local paper, or, read and watch the regional news story about it I ve kept at it, having been given permission to continue on the local campus and in several stores They even ran a follow up article So reading The PLAIN Janes came at a good time for me, especially the third part In Volume 3, the Janes have their own city sanctioned art space but are beginning to feel like it is state Jane goes to France to study art with the girlfriend of her penpal and while she is gone everyone goes their own way Enter a nemesis A new girl in school arrives fronting a punk band and bold ideas for public art, mocking the Jane s corporate art project and their insistence on staying within legal boundaries Jane wants art to comfort, Pain okay, the names in this book aren t exactly stretching creativity wants art to shock It s a perfect final act with the two debating while also learning from each other that leads to an incredibly moving conclusion when Jane realizes taking a stand can be a form of artistic expression Written 11 years after the second volume, the third act builds on the fears in the world from the previous two while also adding a message about the necessity of resistance This brings to mind Czes aw Mi osz s book The Captive Mind about how authoritarianism squashes the creative mind either by eliminating it or forcing it to create Party propaganda Pain directly confronts the police art bans and while the message of direct action is built up throughout the first two volumes, it speaks loudest and most eloquently in the final act All art is political Jane yells at the police officer near the end I am inclined to agree All good art is politicalsays the immortal Toni Morrison, There is none that isn t And the ones that try hard not to be political are political by saying, We love the status quoTo not be political is, in effect, a political statement Morrison adds that We ve just dirtied the word politics, made it sound like it s unpatriotic or something, as any statement of expression made into the world has some form of belief behind it Even wanting to show beauty in the face of fear, Jane discovers, is a statement and direct action is the best way to make that statement heard This book is sheer enjoyment and fun but also deals with some deep themes along the way The artwork is engaging, the voices are fun and nuanced, and the message is pure gold I loved The PLAIN Janes and it really inspired me to think about my own artwork Since reading this book I ve experimented around a lot and I am really excited about some new projects I have brewing I ve already built a homemade projector and am projecting poems onto the sides of buildings for short periods While it may occasionally dip into cliche and takes a bit for the characters to come to life the flaws are hardly any deterrent to the fun Let PLAIN Janes inspire you as much as it did me

  3. Jessica says:

    I received an ARC of this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review Please note that since this is an ARC, it only includes the first 2 installments and a sneak peek at the third installment Therefore, my review is based only on these parts.I really liked this graphic novel and the story it told The book deals with many relevant topics such as terrorism and PTSD I was happy that the book didn t shy away with showing the mental effects that terrorism has on people Jane s m I received an ARC of this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review Please note that since this is an ARC, it only includes the first 2 installments and a sneak peek at the third installment Therefore, my review is based only on these parts.I really liked this graphic novel and the story it told The book deals with many relevant topics such as terrorism and PTSD I was happy that the book didn t shy away with showing the mental effects that terrorism has on people Jane s mother is the perfect example of that I liked how the girls came together to make a statement using art Art is such an important tool in enacting societal change I loved the artwork and stylization of the text Both the illustrations and the text were clear and easy to follow If you find graphic novels to be a bit distracting, you might want to try this one I m really glad that all the installments were put together in this book because they all come together nicely For example, the first installment, The PLAIN Janes, sort of just ends abruptly But the second installment, Janes in Love, really builds upon the first I only got a sneak peek at the third one, Janes Attack Back, but from what I read, I think it will be a satisfying conclusion.Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel and am looking forward to seeing how it all ends

  4. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis was so unexpectedly good and it warmed my heart in a way that a book hasn t in a long time THE PLAIN JANES is one of those books that manages to be hip and empowering without feeling like it s being too heavy handed, which is a rarity in this day and age Jane Beckles is a cool, artsy girl suffering from PTSD from a bombing She feels the world is going crazy, spinning out of control to dark forces, and it s made her jaded.She and Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThis was so unexpectedly good and it warmed my heart in a way that a book hasn t in a long time THE PLAIN JANES is one of those books that manages to be hip and empowering without feeling like it s being too heavy handed, which is a rarity in this day and age Jane Beckles is a cool, artsy girl suffering from PTSD from a bombing She feels the world is going crazy, spinning out of control to dark forces, and it s made her jaded.She and her family moved from the city to the suburbs, and Jane ends up finding her people at a table of misfits all named Jane There s Jock Jane, Theater Jane, and Science Jane Art Jane is the missing piece, the one who ends up tying them all together and causing them to be friends, when she gets the idea to stir up their community by creating Banksy like installation people to get people thinking a littleabout the world and their values.Unfortunately, the authorities only see vandalism instead of art, and the Janes attempts receive punishments to deter them But you can t keep a Jane down, and as the P.L.A.I.N movement gains a foothold in the community, other people in town start waking up to the world around them and feeling a littlefree to confront their own demons and embrace who they are.So yes, obviously I loved this book I love art, I love installation art, I love the avant garde, and I love girl power There were so many great messages in here about feminism, activism, diversity, inclusivity, and also being yourself when everyone is trying to squeeze you into a mold Also, none of the villains were too two dimensional Several of them were complex and you could at least understand their motivations, which I really appreciated in a graphic novel targeted towards teens.This was a delight and I think it will be a hit with forward thinking teens Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 4 stars

  5. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    I was so bored, the characters are incredibly one dimensional, and the main character is fairly unbearable most of the time Pass Thank you so much to theVine reviewer program for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  6. Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn says:

    Actual Rating 3.5 Stars

  7. Christy says:

    Cecil is an auto buy around these parts so to receive an early copy of the recently updated Plain Janes was such a treat I was so engrossed I couldn t put it down on a plane ride.After tragedy strikes, Jane moves to a new community and turns to art as a way to bring herself back to stability and process her feelings To do this, she recruits a few other Janes and they start a rebellion.What I love most is the sensitive way that Cecil manages the emotions that Jane goes through as she is faced w Cecil is an auto buy around these parts so to receive an early copy of the recently updated Plain Janes was such a treat I was so engrossed I couldn t put it down on a plane ride.After tragedy strikes, Jane moves to a new community and turns to art as a way to bring herself back to stability and process her feelings To do this, she recruits a few other Janes and they start a rebellion.What I love most is the sensitive way that Cecil manages the emotions that Jane goes through as she is faced with situations that trigger her I also like how the story shows natural transition high school friend groups go through.Overall this is a kick ass story about art, friendship, healing, and community Highly recommend

  8. Lisa (Remarkablylisa) says:

    Arc provided by HBG Canada Definitely not for me This one read as a sad moppy story about misfits who changes the school with art.

  9. Ramie says:

    I got this through Vine to review Before that I had not heard of the series The review copy is black and white and only has the two previously published stories, not the third new one That said, I loved this enough I ll be reading the actual release copy to finish the third story Jane was the survivor of a terrorist attack She saved a young man s life She s been visiting him regularly at the hospital as he s in a coma as a John Doe Then her parents decide the best course of action is to l I got this through Vine to review Before that I had not heard of the series The review copy is black and white and only has the two previously published stories, not the third new one That said, I loved this enough I ll be reading the actual release copy to finish the third story Jane was the survivor of a terrorist attack She saved a young man s life She s been visiting him regularly at the hospital as he s in a coma as a John Doe Then her parents decide the best course of action is to leave the city Thrust into a new school while dealing with the complex emotions of having survived such a thing leaves Jane pretty difficult to know And yet a group of girls, The Janes, become her BFFs Using John Doe s sketchbook for inspiration the girls set out to art bomb their sleepy town The police feel that their art is essentially a form of terrorism As the members of their PLAIN collective get caught, Jane s devotion to the idea of spreading art starts to waiver Until John Doe goes home and a letter from him inspires Jane to try to legitimize their work via art grants This is a sweet story of survival, friendship, and using art to heal yourself and maybe the world around you as well

  10. Alissa says:

    Amazing This story made me want to go out and yarn bomb somethingeven though I neither knit or crochet tried to learn both, but everything unraveled into a mess and I literally ended up tangled up in yarn Anyway Great story and very inspiring how the Janes motivated an entire town to love art, from the Quiet Kid to the resident Queen Bee Well almost everyone Officer Sanchez WTF was that Piggy s problem with art and kids being creative And why did he go out of his way to be so Amazing This story made me want to go out and yarn bomb somethingeven though I neither knit or crochet tried to learn both, but everything unraveled into a mess and I literally ended up tangled up in yarn Anyway Great story and very inspiring how the Janes motivated an entire town to love art, from the Quiet Kid to the resident Queen Bee Well almost everyone Officer Sanchez WTF was that Piggy s problem with art and kids being creative And why did he go out of his way to be so freaking malicious nazi The motivation behind his complete and total hater ness was never really explained And a villain without a reason to be a villain isn t much of a villain Just a flat character He s worse than Cruella DeVille, because at least she had a reason, as awful as that reason was although he probably hates puppies too This was a major plot hole and deservedattention Like a reason Maybe a resolution Maybe a chance for the character to redeem himselfeven if he agrees to disagree But nada For me, this was reason enough to drop this from a 5 star book to a 4 star book Seriously, thoughI hope he chokes on his next donut All that aside, this was a fantastic book So empowering So inspirational I loved the friendships and how the girls got the whole town involved I loved pretty much everything I really hope there sPlain Janes books on the way, because I d read it