Welcome MK Reed and G. Means to Good Books & Good Wine today. This dynamic duo will be talking a bit about their way awesome new graphic novel, The Cute Girl Network and how it is totally NOT a dating manual.
The Cute Girl Network: Not a Dating Manual
by MK Reed and G. Means
In our new book, The Cute Girl Network, Jane returns home from work to find that her roommate is hosting a book club meeting in their kitchen. They’ve cracked open a few bottles of red wine, someone baked a lasagna, and they are digging into their latest paperback novel, the best-selling paranormal teen romance Vampyr Boyfriend.
They read some out loud, they make fun of the main characters (though underneath it all, you can tell they kind of like it), and this leads to them discussing their own teen romances, which were often quite unromantic. Which itself is a jumping off point to talk about how messed up young people’s view of sex and love can get. Between the STD lectures, the totally unhelpful sex ed classes, the absolutely frightening internet searches, and their own raging hormones, it’s a miracle our species continues to procreate at all. And movie and novels aren’t much help either. Fiction is rewarding in a million ways, but it’s not always a good instruction manual for how romantic relationships really works.
All of this is just a set up to our own story of Jane and her romantic struggles with her would-be boyfriend Jack. It seems like everyone has an opinion on the couple (with most of the girls from The Network telling Jane to dump him). When all is said and done, our message is that everyone is a little screwed up when it comes to love, so you’ll need to find your own way. In the end, it’ll make it all the more sweeter that you did.
Twenty-something romances that we love: the novel Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler, the Before Sunrise movies, the comic book Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed? by Liz Prince, Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson, and the manga series Nana by Ai Yazawa.