All Star by Jesse Lonergan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
First Published: April 1st, 2015
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel (no colour), Sports, High School Life, Baseball
Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship his senior year. The world is Carl’s oyster: a full scholarship to the University of Maine awaits, going pro after college isn’t out of the question, and he’s so good he can do whatever he wants—until, that is, he makes one very arrogant mistake. Acclaimed graphic novelist Jesse Lonergan offers readers a thought-provoking exploration of the fleeting highs of success in this engrossing book.
One of the worst graphic novels I have read in the past few months, and as you’ve maybe noticed, I’m not very picky when it comes to graphic novels, comics or manga.
I really wanted to read this book, because sports are rarely the main focus of graphic novels, so I thought this ought to be different and entertaining.
I can say for certain that’s it’s a fast read, which leads to us finishing the story in a short amount of time. Too short to even get to know well any of the characters, I dare say.
But who is there to know, anyway? It’s all about privileged Carl Carter and his baseball performance. Everyone knows he’s the best, so why should he apply himself at school, when his path is already golden?
Also, why should he not get a green pass after he breaks into a store? His friend got expelled, but who cares! I hope you sense my sarcasm because of course this is all wrong. Carter eventually realizes the unfairness of it all, but his actions from then on are as stupid as they were before.
He thinks he’s doing the right thing, but he’s just throwing his life away. I don’t like him or any of the other characters. Plus seriously, the way they talk about women is just discussing. Kind of like D Trump does. Excuse me while I barf elegantly in my tight skirt over the sink like a goddess for your pleasure. Is there any other way?
Would not, not, not recommend this book.
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