Book Review: Sorcerers and Secretaries by Amy Kim Ganter

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Info: Paperback, 192 pages, YA contemporary/fantasy, manga/graphic novels, published February 7, 2006

Synopsis: Nicole Hayes sure likes to daydream – and who can blame her? She studies a subject she has no interest in so she can satisfy her mother and she works part time as a receptionist to satisfy her bills. But when she’s alone with her notebook, she crafts a fantastic story and lets her imagination go-go-go! Meanwhile, her old neighbor Josh Kim pines after her every step but just can’t seem to snap her out of her daydreams and get her to notice him. If only he could see what it was she was dreaming about, maybe he could finally win her over…

First Impressions: Seriously, this is the cutest cover! It perfectly shows the whimsical narrative and lovely art style.

What I Liked: I read this book for the first and second time forever ago. I don’t even remember where I got it. I recently reread it to check off the graphic novel part of my reading challenge, and fell back in love with it. It’s sweet, funny, quick, and light. I really sympathized with Nicole, and I think any reader will see at least a small part of themselves in her. I also like the flirty boy trying to show Nicole that he genuinely likes her, instead of her trying to change him. You see that so much and it’s nice to see a story where the boy isn’t necessarily trying to change, but show her that the side of him that likes her is stronger than his flirty side.

What I Didn’t Like: That it’s so short? That it goes by so quickly? That for some reason I STILL haven’t added the sequel to my shelves, even though it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger?!

Ratings and Recommendations: If you like YA romance or fantasy and want an easy start to graphic novels, this is the book for you.

2. Loved It

Final Thoughts: Adorable book, great for people new to the graphic novel. Like the graphic novel version of Fangirl in that it’s adorable, the lead can’t find her way out of her fantasy world, and all bookworms can relate to her.

Sound off in the comments: Have you read Sorcerers and Secretaries? What were your thoughts on it? Are there any books it reminded you of while reading? What other books like it would you suggest to fans?

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