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Based on the hit graphic-novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week Based on the hit graphic-novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week of university. And it's a good thing they do, because in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key--something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger (missing students, secret handshakes, monogrammed robes everywhere . . .), Esther and Susan decide it's up to them to investigate the weirdness and save their friend.


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Based on the hit graphic-novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week Based on the hit graphic-novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week of university. And it's a good thing they do, because in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key--something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger (missing students, secret handshakes, monogrammed robes everywhere . . .), Esther and Susan decide it's up to them to investigate the weirdness and save their friend.

30 review for Giant Days

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    'Giant Days' was a bunch of marvellous fun, about the three best-est friends you could possibly read about. Non Pratt manages to take the exact essence of each character from the graphic novels and perfectly translate them into pure prose form. Each girl is equally focused on, so regardless of whether Susan, Daisy or Esther is your favourite, you'll definitely enjoy this book! This also perfectly balanced appealing to fans of the graphic novels, while also introducing the characters to new reade 'Giant Days' was a bunch of marvellous fun, about the three best-est friends you could possibly read about. Non Pratt manages to take the exact essence of each character from the graphic novels and perfectly translate them into pure prose form. Each girl is equally focused on, so regardless of whether Susan, Daisy or Esther is your favourite, you'll definitely enjoy this book! This also perfectly balanced appealing to fans of the graphic novels, while also introducing the characters to new readers, who have so many more university adventures to discover after this toe-dip in the world of Giant Days. The setting and shenanigans are so hilarious and relatable, you'll want to read it cover to cover.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bee (Heart Full of Books)

    Non Pratt perfectly captures the tone, humour and characters of Giant Days, and I would definitely read more books in this world written by her! It was exactly what I expected and hoped for, and now I just want to re-read all the comics again...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marie Andrews

    I haven't read any of the graphic novels that this is based on, so went straight into reading this with no context or idea at all of what to expect - other than I'm a huge fan of Non Pratt. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't understand some references or grasp the general characters, but I was wrong! It follows the story of Daisy, Susan and Esther, as they embark in their university experience and some weird and quirky things arise. Not only do I think this book echoes some of my experiences of I haven't read any of the graphic novels that this is based on, so went straight into reading this with no context or idea at all of what to expect - other than I'm a huge fan of Non Pratt. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't understand some references or grasp the general characters, but I was wrong! It follows the story of Daisy, Susan and Esther, as they embark in their university experience and some weird and quirky things arise. Not only do I think this book echoes some of my experiences of my first year at university (certainly not the main plot/mystery!!) but smaller details that I thought were brilliantly thought out. I think this book would be great if you're a fan of the graphic novels, but also if you have yet to read them like me, as it is full of mystery and adventure, easy to read and is a humorous book that could be enjoyed regardless of age!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    2.5 stars. Completely missing what makes the comics so magical and fun. I went in expecting to love this, but I’m really disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    I was really excited about this novel when I first learned of it because I'm a a huge fan of the graphic novel. So when I saw it available on Hoopla, I thought it was the perfect excuse to give it a go. Let's just say I should have stuck with the graphic novel. That's not to say there weren't things I didn't enjoy. I love Ester, the Goth chick, and think she is a blast. However, I found it sad that someone who has so much going for her spent so much of the novel trying to be best buds with the ca I was really excited about this novel when I first learned of it because I'm a a huge fan of the graphic novel. So when I saw it available on Hoopla, I thought it was the perfect excuse to give it a go. Let's just say I should have stuck with the graphic novel. That's not to say there weren't things I didn't enjoy. I love Ester, the Goth chick, and think she is a blast. However, I found it sad that someone who has so much going for her spent so much of the novel trying to be best buds with the campus' other Goth chick when she was clearly so undeserving of such friendship. Susan is very sarcastic which I also found enjoyable but Daisy sort of got on my nerves. I missed the artwork and I missed the fun. "Giant Days" just didn't seem to flow very well. Instead of the chapters uniting to form a cohesive take, I felt like each one with its own plotless story. In retrospect, it was kind of like comic book issues, but in written form and while that type of flow may work in comic book form, it did not here. I wish I had liked Giant Days but I will still be following the graphic novel so there is that. Unless you're just curious, I really wouldn't recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Catie

    This book was mildly amusing, but it pales in comparison to the wildly entertaining comic book series. I am left wondering: who is the target audience here? Fans of the comics don’t need to read this – it covers a lot of the same ground as the first volumes, and the new material really isn’t groundbreaking. The author even appears to painstakingly describe elements of the comic books in sections, much like a nature documentarian would for a herd of lions. Here we see Esther, wearing knee high bl This book was mildly amusing, but it pales in comparison to the wildly entertaining comic book series. I am left wondering: who is the target audience here? Fans of the comics don’t need to read this – it covers a lot of the same ground as the first volumes, and the new material really isn’t groundbreaking. The author even appears to painstakingly describe elements of the comic books in sections, much like a nature documentarian would for a herd of lions. Here we see Esther, wearing knee high black leather boots, a skull t-shirt, and a mischievous expression… (not an actual quote). The repetition of details that I already knew left me feeling bored and disengaged. Likewise, I can’t see any reason for non-fans to pick this up. If you haven’t read the comic book series, WHY NOT? They’re incredible and guaranteed to cure sadness. Esther, Daisy, Susan, Ed, and McGraw have gotten me through some very stressful times. If you’ve read them and didn’t care for them, WHY NOT? You need to examine your personal taste because it’s obviously flawed. However, EVEN YOU can still skip this novel version. So who should read this? Maybe there’s a case to be made for this as a great alternative version for blind or visually-impaired folks who want to enjoy Giant Days. Libraries may want to purchase a copy of this for that reason, but overall this book is highly skippable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren James

    I am a HUGE fan of the graphic novels, so I nearly died of excitement when I found out that one of my favourite authors was writing a prequel to the series. It lived up to all my expectations: funny, sweet, action-packed and quirky.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Izzy

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    4/5 stars I love Giant Days. It's my favourite comic series, and, after seeing this on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it ASAP. I was fortunate enough to get access to this, and I'll definitely be buying a physical copy after how much I loved this book. As far as I can tell, this takes place just after the events of the original minicomics but before the events of the second volume (my favourite, nudge nudge wink wink), although the timeline does feel very whack, honestly. Everyone goes through d 4/5 stars I love Giant Days. It's my favourite comic series, and, after seeing this on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it ASAP. I was fortunate enough to get access to this, and I'll definitely be buying a physical copy after how much I loved this book. As far as I can tell, this takes place just after the events of the original minicomics but before the events of the second volume (my favourite, nudge nudge wink wink), although the timeline does feel very whack, honestly. Everyone goes through different problems: Esther is dying to make a good impression on a popular goth girl on her course (English with modules in Creative Writing, represeeeennnt); Daisy is feeling dejected and lonely and sets out to make friends by joining every single society she can, including a mysterious cult-like Yoga group; and Susan is dealing with course stuff and McGraw stuff, the latter being my favourite 'stuff' in this entire series. I guess I'll review each character's story individually. I'm not able to post quotes because I received an early review copy, but lemme tell you, Esther? Absolutely hilarious. She has some great moments talking about her course and boys, and it was actually painful how much I saw myself in her character. Her just having no idea what people were going on about in seminars was hilarious, making things up as she goes along like I always seem to be doing. However, seeing her changing parts of herself to appeal to friends... also hit close to home, which was difficult to read. Out of all of them, I think what she went through was treated with the most care, which I will comment on in Daisy's part. Oh, Daisy. She goes through all the classic first year woes that I also experienced last year. Homesickness? Check. Being scared you're the only person with no friends while the people you thought were friends never seem to have time for you? Check. Feeling like bursting into tears when you talk with family over the phone? CHECK. Joining a cult? Chhhhhhh........ not so much. I think the personal issues Daisy experience are handled perfectly, but I feel like the seriousness of what was happening at the yoga group were glossed over at the end, and made out to be... not as serious as they most definitely were. You could get arrested for all of those things, and even though it would stray from the general happiness of the series, it still has moments where things are taken seriously, and I feel like Daisy's story lacked that. But anyway who cares about them two when I have Susan and McGraw to gush about? This book sees them go from enemies (mostly on Susan's part, but I feel like it's justified, even though I swoon constantly at McGraw) to reluctant (again, Susan) friends, and I loved it. Susan's deadpan humour and dry wit is perfectly captured, and McGraw being pretty much oblivious but very much the greatest man to ever live is evident constantly. I would re-read this just for them two. I'm tempted to re-read the series now, just for them two. They will always be my favourite part of Giant Days and I feel no regrets saying that. As much as I love this, I've had to lower it a star for the whole Daisy thing, but also because this probably wouldn't have been as good if I didn't already love the comics. It throws you straight into things and is quite... info-dumpy at the start, unfortunately, but I am willing to overlook that because of the brilliant characterisation of the main girls and their friends (poor, poor Ed Gemmel). I also found that Susan was kind of pushed to the back and made to sort out all the drama without having much going on herself, other than little moments with McGraw.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Though I had never read the graphic novels upon which this book is based, I was still all in from the very first page. As soon as I was introduced to these three ladies, I knew I wanted to know them better. • Pro: This book was pure fun. I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I read it. Giant Days combined great characters, snappy banter, and pitch perfect tone to produce a fabulous reading experience for me. • Pro: I loved how different each of the women were, yet how well they complimented ea Though I had never read the graphic novels upon which this book is based, I was still all in from the very first page. As soon as I was introduced to these three ladies, I knew I wanted to know them better. • Pro: This book was pure fun. I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I read it. Giant Days combined great characters, snappy banter, and pitch perfect tone to produce a fabulous reading experience for me. • Pro: I loved how different each of the women were, yet how well they complimented each other. There was a great synergy, when they were together, and I loved watching this friendship take shape. • Pro: Non Pratt captured those early days at university so well. The feeling of being out of place, being a little lost, missing your home and your old life. All of this plus academic demands can be quite stressful, and I thought that came across really well in the book. • Pro: The whole Yogic Brethren plot was sort of hilarious. I couldn't help but think of the Scoobies during those scenes, which just added to the fun. • Pro: There was a ton of satire in here, which delighted me to no end. Well done! • Pro: This book had the three Hs: humor, hijinks, and heart, which always makes this girl happy. Overall: A fun and entertaining look at the lives of first years, which does a fantastic job capturing the highs and lows of university life. I hope we get to explore more Giant Days with Daisy, Susan, and Esther. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  11. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    This just never quite worked for me. I think, in part, that's due to the jumping around between characters and storylines. While this works in comics form, jumping from character to character and plot to plot within a chapter of a book leaves everything feeling a little disjointed and never really allows for the time necessary to get emotionally involved with any of it. Plus, if I hadn't already read the comics and known who these girls were from that context, I'd have been left with only the mo This just never quite worked for me. I think, in part, that's due to the jumping around between characters and storylines. While this works in comics form, jumping from character to character and plot to plot within a chapter of a book leaves everything feeling a little disjointed and never really allows for the time necessary to get emotionally involved with any of it. Plus, if I hadn't already read the comics and known who these girls were from that context, I'd have been left with only the most superficial sketch of each of their characters. Of the series of novels based on Boom! Box comics that Abrams has been publishing, the only ones that have really worked well for me are the Lumberjanes books by Mariko Tamaki. I think, in part, this is because Tamaki has worked in comics and so is better able to translate that sensibility to prose more smoothly than the other writers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Pre-Read: Aaaaa, must read!! I hadn’t even thought about an adaptation. But now I could definitely see either Giant Days or Bad Machinery as cartoons. If they’re making Hilda, I’m sure they could do them all!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin Stevens

    I love the Giant Days comics, and I love Non Pratt's YA novels - this combination of the two is just as funny and perfect as you might expect! (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marco Morano

    This book was sent to me by the publishers for review as a part of the teenreads.com Teen Board. Non Pratt, UK author of books such as TROUBLE and TRUTH OR DARE has a new release; GIANT DAYS. GIANT DAYS is the novelization of a popular graphic novel series Giant Days, in which we follow our three girls as they experience their first year of college. First, we have Esther, the emo goth girl who is struggling with trying to have fun and taking college seriously. Then there’s Susan, who is going in This book was sent to me by the publishers for review as a part of the teenreads.com Teen Board. Non Pratt, UK author of books such as TROUBLE and TRUTH OR DARE has a new release; GIANT DAYS. GIANT DAYS is the novelization of a popular graphic novel series Giant Days, in which we follow our three girls as they experience their first year of college. First, we have Esther, the emo goth girl who is struggling with trying to have fun and taking college seriously. Then there’s Susan, who is going into pre-med and doing fine until she randomly bumps into her ex-best friend, which causes some drama. Lastly, we have Daisy, the sweet, innocent girl who was homeschooled her entire life and just wants to make friends. I was a bit hesitant going into GIANT DAYS; I love the graphic novel series, so I was curious to see how the novelized version would turn out. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, because I really enjoyed reading this book! I was worried that when I read the novel it wouldn’t feel the same as the graphic novel series, but Non Pratt did an absolutely excellent job at keeping the same tone that the graphic novels had; it felt very much like the graphic novels. As for the characters, I was also pleasantly surprised! They were very much like the characters I know and love from the graphic novels, so it was amazing to see them put into a different format. Non Pratt was able to expertly transform the tone and characters from the graphic novel series into GIANT DAYS. Something that I didn’t really like in the graphic novels was that we often didn’t get to see much of Daisy, who is perhaps my favorite character out of the three main characters. However, it is in this novelized version where her character really shines. It was really nice to see her in the spotlight! The plot was really interesting in my opinion. I wasn’t quite sure what Non Pratt was going to go with the plot, because there were multiple different directions she could have gone, but I was pleased with the decision she made. For the most part, the novel is pretty slow and mostly focuses on the little things in life along with the experience these girls have in college. This does cause the book to be slow, especially during the beginning, but after the first half it does pick up the pace. Near the last sixty pages or so, the plot gets really intense, and I loved that sudden burst of intensity! GIANT DAYS by Non Pratt is perfect for fans of the graphic novel series and a great read in general for those who haven’t read the series. It’s a fun, lighthearted, slice-of-life read that is most enjoyable during the summer. With its funny characters and strange plotline, GIANT DAYS is a book I would definitely recommend to just about anyone. This is overall just an extremely fun book that packs a punch!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sionna

    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* 2.5 stars I'm so BUMMED! I absolutely adore the graphic novel series this book is based off of, but just couldn't get into this. The book reads much like how the comic is... which I just don't think worked. I don't like POV switches mid-chapter without warning or division (might have just been the ARC or e-book copy but it was one paragraph about Susan then switched to Esther, then after 2 paragraphs to Dai *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* 2.5 stars I'm so BUMMED! I absolutely adore the graphic novel series this book is based off of, but just couldn't get into this. The book reads much like how the comic is... which I just don't think worked. I don't like POV switches mid-chapter without warning or division (might have just been the ARC or e-book copy but it was one paragraph about Susan then switched to Esther, then after 2 paragraphs to Daisy-- repeat and there was nothing to show clear division of change). I also thought things were going too quickly and we could have slowed down to enjoy some of it more. The scenes don't always feel connected, but rather are just segments featured out of their lives, which I think works better for the comics. Also, there is some overlap with the comics. Some things that happen in the comics are written out here and other things are talked about which happened in the comics, but you wouldn't know that if you hadn't read the comics. So, I wish they would have picked if this was a companion or not. I did laugh a few times, I smiled at a few scenes, and my heart warmed when I recognized scenes or knew exactly what the characters would look like or would be doing because I'd read some of the comics. And while I mention that things go by quickly or feel more like featured segments, there is an overarching theme and a connecting thread, so that felt like it brought the story together more. So, super bummed about how I just wasn't interested in this... maybe I hyped it too much??? At this point, I think I'd recommend the graphic novels over reading the book, but fans might enjoy this and have fun with reading about these characters in a different format.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JW

    Giant Days is one of my favorite slice of life comics, so I was super excited to find out there was a stand alone novel based off of it. Non Pratt did a marvelous job of conveying the the quirky personalities of the various characters, their banter and antics, and the awesomeness that is their friendship. The story revolves around three college freshmen who live on the same dorm room hall. We also get a cast of great supporting characters who add to the fun. Despite their massive differences, Da Giant Days is one of my favorite slice of life comics, so I was super excited to find out there was a stand alone novel based off of it. Non Pratt did a marvelous job of conveying the the quirky personalities of the various characters, their banter and antics, and the awesomeness that is their friendship. The story revolves around three college freshmen who live on the same dorm room hall. We also get a cast of great supporting characters who add to the fun. Despite their massive differences, Daisy, Susan, and Esther become close friends. The book takes us through their eventful first semester of college as the girls navigate starting new lives away from home. Crazy antics and hilarity are mixed in with deeper moments of bonding and of vulnerability as each woman faces her own personal challenges. If you’ve read the graphic novels, you may be slightly bored because there isn’t really any new ground covered. Personally I was still entertained and was pleased to see a favorite comic brought to a new audience. I’m guessing the book was written to reach a larger audience? It was still a fun read. Check it out, and then go read the graphic novels!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Giant Days is one of my very favorite comics, the one I read the same day I buy it, without fail. I adore this series. I admittedly read this novel with trepidation, because I feared that the characters I love would be amiss, but my worries were misplaced. This novel is fun and funny, and reminiscent of those confusing first days of adulthood. Susan, Daisy, and Esther (and Ed and McGraw!) were portrayed true to character, and this felt very comfortable to read. My only complaint? No Dean Thompson Giant Days is one of my very favorite comics, the one I read the same day I buy it, without fail. I adore this series. I admittedly read this novel with trepidation, because I feared that the characters I love would be amiss, but my worries were misplaced. This novel is fun and funny, and reminiscent of those confusing first days of adulthood. Susan, Daisy, and Esther (and Ed and McGraw!) were portrayed true to character, and this felt very comfortable to read. My only complaint? No Dean Thompson! That chump is just the freaking worst, and hating him is the best part of Giant Days!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becki

    I adore the Giant Days graphic Novels and this was a nice addition to the already beloved series. I really enjoyed how it took place before the first Giant Days volume we got to see the characters I believe more fleshed out. They were very sympathetic and relatable. Lovers of the graphic novel will still enjoy this and even those who haven’t had the pleasure will still find Esther, Daisy and Susan great protagonists to read about.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    A narrative version of the awesome graphic novels and Pratt cinematically captures what's drawn in graphics and translates it to text perfectly. I think you do need the context of the graphic novels though I think a non-graphic reader could certainly be entertained by its humor and hijinks then get into graphic novels if they weren't before. I'm a fan of this cross-pollination of narrative complimenting a graphic novel series and this one was boatloads of university fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa

    Whilst I haven't read all the comics that this novel is based from, this book stands alone. Its such a relief to have a book about university. I feel like there is such a gap in the market. As with all of Non's previous works, the characters are amazing and I immediately connected with them. I loved the first half, but felt the second half was too rushed, and felt like its purpose was more to tie up loose ends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I promise this 5* review isn't just because there's a character named after me in this story. I genuinely loved this tale of best friends at university. - Full review to come on almostamazinggrace.co.uk -

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jack Stark

    Unfortunately I'm having to DNF this at 25%. The charm and whit of the original comic doesn't translate well to a novel. I knew I was taking a bit of a risk when requesting this. I love the comics and really wanted to like this, but it wasn’t to be.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    very entertaining story about three girls who become unlikely friends at university in England

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Owen

    This is a lovely addition to the Giant Days canon, and a great opportunity to spend more time with characters I love. The novel manages to maintain the breezy, episodic nature of the graphic novels while still having strong plot threads that run all the way through. When I finished, I felt like I knew the characters better than I did before.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I enjoyed this a lot it captured everything that was wonderful about the comics whilst being brilliant in their own right. I loved meeting the characters in the new format and following their story through the chaos of that first few months of university and everything that the experience can bring. I hope there are more books to follow.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    Non Pratt, UK author of books such as TROUBLE and TRUTH OR DARE has a new release; GIANT DAYS. GIANT DAYS is the novelization of a popular graphic novel series Giant Days, in which we follow our three girls as they experience their first year of college. First, we have Esther, the emo goth girl who is struggling with trying to have fun and taking college seriously. Then there’s Susan, who is going into pre-med and doing fine until she randomly bumps into her ex-best friend, which causes some dra Non Pratt, UK author of books such as TROUBLE and TRUTH OR DARE has a new release; GIANT DAYS. GIANT DAYS is the novelization of a popular graphic novel series Giant Days, in which we follow our three girls as they experience their first year of college. First, we have Esther, the emo goth girl who is struggling with trying to have fun and taking college seriously. Then there’s Susan, who is going into pre-med and doing fine until she randomly bumps into her ex-best friend, which causes some drama. Lastly, we have Daisy, the sweet, innocent girl who was homeschooled her entire life and just wants to make friends. I was a bit hesitant going into GIANT DAYS; I love the graphic novel series, so I was curious to see how the novelized version would turn out. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, because I really enjoyed reading this book! I was worried that when I read the novel it wouldn’t feel the same as the graphic novel series, but Non Pratt did an absolutely excellent job at keeping the same tone that the graphic novels had; it felt very much like the graphic novels. As for the characters, I was also pleasantly surprised! They were very much like the characters I know and love from the graphic novels, so it was amazing to see them put into a different format. Non Pratt was able to expertly transform the tone and characters from the graphic novel series into GIANT DAYS. Something that I didn’t really like in the graphic novels was that we often didn’t get to see much of Daisy, who is perhaps my favorite character out of the three main characters. However, it is in this novelized version where her character really shines. It was really nice to see her in the spotlight! The plot was really interesting in my opinion. I wasn’t quite sure what Non Pratt was going to go with the plot, because there were multiple different directions she could have gone, but I was pleased with the decision she made. For the most part, the novel is pretty slow and mostly focuses on the little things in life along with the experience these girls have in college. This does cause the book to be slow, especially during the beginning, but after the first half it does pick up the pace. Near the last 60 pages or so, the plot gets really intense, and I loved that sudden burst of intensity! GIANT DAYS by Non Pratt is perfect for fans of the graphic novel series and a great read in general for those who haven’t read the series. It’s a fun, lighthearted, slice-of-life read that is most enjoyable during the summer. With its funny characters and strange plotline, GIANT DAYS is a book I would definitely recommend to just about anyone. This is overall just an extremely fun book that packs a punch! Reviewed by Marco M., Teen Board Member

  27. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    One day about two months ago, I was browsing the YA section of Netgalley, as I do, taking in all the new and interesting titles for request, when something caught my eye: Giant Days, by Non Pratt. My heart started to flutter, my eyes widened (probably to the size of saucers) and my fingers could not click the request button fast enough. Could this be?? My FAVORITE graphic novel series being adapted into a full length novel? Oh yes, it most absolutely could. Let me just start out by saying you don One day about two months ago, I was browsing the YA section of Netgalley, as I do, taking in all the new and interesting titles for request, when something caught my eye: Giant Days, by Non Pratt. My heart started to flutter, my eyes widened (probably to the size of saucers) and my fingers could not click the request button fast enough. Could this be?? My FAVORITE graphic novel series being adapted into a full length novel? Oh yes, it most absolutely could. Let me just start out by saying you don’t have to have read the graphic novels to understand this book and enjoy it. The characters are introduced in a way that it’s easy to fall in with them without there being too much info dumping. The college setting is for lack of a better word, set up perfectly, and the plot is just wacky enough to still be believable, which is one of the things the Giant Days graphic novels excel at so well. I was pretty sure going into this I was going to love it, and I can now one hundred percent say that I did. I loved this book so hard. As a lover of the graphic novel series, this felt like getting one giant omnibus of the story at one time instead of waiting month to month for a new issue, which is what I have been reduced to after binge reading all the bound up volumes last year. It’s a good thing I live down the street from a comic book store. The plot itself is completely new in regards to the already existing story, feeling more like a side story arc that could have taken place in the early pages of the graphic novel, but off screen/page. There are mentions to things that did occur in the graphic novel (such as a particular time my favorite, Susan, plays a somewhat humiliating prank on my other favorite, McGraw) but not in a way that makes it hard to understand anything that’s going on. The references just act more as Easter eggs, planted for the fans of the graphic novel. Susan, Esther, Daisy, McGraw, Ed, and all the supporting characters are written beautifully and fully embody and feel true to their original iterations. This book one hundred percent felt like reading an issue of the comic, just without the graphics to go along with the story, which I feel is the key to any successful adaptation. This book left me laughing and crying and smiling and yearning for more, so I very much hope that as the graphic novel series continues, this YA adaptation also continues. I will absolutely be here to keep reading both. *Thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mandi Schneck

    I've heard so much about the Giant Days graphic novel series, but I've never managed to pick it up and see for myself. This was somewhat remedied when I found out that there was a novel based around the same characters. Giant Days by Non Pratt follows the same three girls as the graphic novel: Susan, Esther, and Daisy, as they navigate their first year of college (university). I'm not quite sure where on the timeline this story takes place, but it definitely isn't the very beginning of their fri I've heard so much about the Giant Days graphic novel series, but I've never managed to pick it up and see for myself. This was somewhat remedied when I found out that there was a novel based around the same characters. Giant Days by Non Pratt follows the same three girls as the graphic novel: Susan, Esther, and Daisy, as they navigate their first year of college (university). I'm not quite sure where on the timeline this story takes place, but it definitely isn't the very beginning of their friendship. The story is about these three girls trying to find themselves and their place in the world of college. Esther tries to befriend an ultra-cool goth girl and bends over backwards trying to impress her. Susan throws herself headfirst into her medical studies to escape her past. And Daisy joins every club possible hoping to find something that sticks. Chaos ultimately ensues leading the girls to need each other more than ever, and really learn the value of true friendship in the process. I do want to put a trigger warning on this for roofies and a scene that could have led to rape. As much as I wanted to love this book, unfortunately I just didn't. The only real action happened in the last few chapters, so it was hard to push through until then. Normally I'm fine with this in character-driven novels, but the characters didn't even really change or develop enough to keep me interested until that point. The main characters were fine, and while I liked Esther and Susan, Daisy really rubbed me the wrong way. And the side characters were just awful in my opinion, and didn't really serve a purpose until the very end. I also don't understand the title. Maybe it makes more sense if you've read the graphic novels. I'm glad I took a stab at this book, and am still definitely interested in learning more about the Giant Days world as a whole, but this isn't a memorable read for me. If you're a fan of the graphic novels and love these three girls, definitely pick up this read! But if you're new to the Giant Days world, you should probably start with the graphic novels then segue over to this novel. I think it would be a great addition to an already established world, but as a stand alone it unfortunately fell flat for me. Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars Thanks so much to Amulet Books for sending me an advanced copy of this read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire Thompson

    For a novel based on the exceptional Boom!Box comic series Giant Days, this book does surprisingly well. Non Pratt replicates the snappy, witty dialogue of original author John Allison with a surprising ease, and the prose is generally in-character. It felt like a warm, familiar relief to settle back down into the familiar style and format of the Giant Days series. Seeing each of my favorite characters show up was like seeing an old friend, and these things made it a pleasant, enjoyable read. How For a novel based on the exceptional Boom!Box comic series Giant Days, this book does surprisingly well. Non Pratt replicates the snappy, witty dialogue of original author John Allison with a surprising ease, and the prose is generally in-character. It felt like a warm, familiar relief to settle back down into the familiar style and format of the Giant Days series. Seeing each of my favorite characters show up was like seeing an old friend, and these things made it a pleasant, enjoyable read. However, Giant Days was written to be a comic, and is still at its best in that form. The unique, masterful expressions created by the artists (in particular, Max Sarin) combined with the clever, funny writing is what makes Giant Days so special. Without that harmony, there's not enough to set it apart from other books. It's meant to be episodic and character-based, spanning many volumes during which the reader gets to know innocent Daisy, hot-tempered Susan, and chaotic-yet-charming Esther. The voices are very clear, and yet the book uses a lot of direct characterization. The prose or dialogue seems to say 'Susan's the angry one, remember?' when they reader doesn't need the help-especially since they are likely to have picked the novel up after enjoying the comics. Speaking of those fans who liked the comics first, they will likely enjoy the writing, but may not find much in the story that they haven't already seen. The book doesn't continue the characters' adventures, but starts them over from the beginning with an altered timeline. The same ground is covered in terms of character development, and the conflicts each character faces are familiar as well. Daisy is lured into a mysterious group by a beautiful woman and ends up unknowingly using drugs, Esther goes to great lengths to impress someone who she thinks is cool and artsy, and Susan battles her age-old grudge against McGraw. In conclusion, the Giant Days novel is well-written, but cannot replicate the same unique magic and energy of Sarin's illustrations. I highly recommend reading a few volumes of the comics first, then reading the book. Some of it will feel redundant, but knowing the characters and style of Giant Days will make the character-based humor more enjoyable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    *Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the Digital Review Copy!* The biggest problem with the comic novelizations is that when you fall in love with characters in the comic book medium, it's hard to really adjust to them outside of that medium. Especially when the writers that taking on the characters are not the same as the comic book writers. I've been reading Giant Days for some time, and I love, love, LOVE the comics. Esther, Susan, and Daisy are absolutely my BFFs and I love going wi *Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the Digital Review Copy!* The biggest problem with the comic novelizations is that when you fall in love with characters in the comic book medium, it's hard to really adjust to them outside of that medium. Especially when the writers that taking on the characters are not the same as the comic book writers. I've been reading Giant Days for some time, and I love, love, LOVE the comics. Esther, Susan, and Daisy are absolutely my BFFs and I love going with them on their adventures. So of course I was beyond excited for the book! Another opportunity to introduce the world at large to my faves? YES PLEASE. Overall, Non Pratt handled the world and the characters fairly well. Much like in the comics, there were some laugh out loud moments, and excellent descriptions that lent themselves very well to comic narratives. The prose was very readable, and the mystery of the strange yoga cult was definitely intriguing (DAISY JUST DON'T DO IT). There were some definite weaknesses to the novel. While Susan and Daisy came off the page fairly well, Esther (who is my absolute favorite)--didn't quite work for me. And as a result, much of her story didn't work. (Honestly, if I think rather critically about Susan's depiction, I start feeling like that wasn't perfect either, but I'm trying not to think about it because it bothers me in different ways that I'm not sure I'm okay with dealing with). I'd give the book 3.5 Stars. If you're a casual fan of Giant Days and wanna see these characters in other mediums, it's worth a read. If you like YA novels that at their core are about friendship, this book is certainly worth a read. The book definitely made me want to look more into Non Pratt's original writing, so it was definitely worthwhile. Just beware: just like any other adaptation in a new media--it's far from perfect. As long as you keep that in mind, there's a chance you'll enjoy this.

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