A review by librarianryan
Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


 What do you get when you take Heathers, Valley Girl, and Clueless, throw them in a mixing bowl and add some supernatural elements?  You get Squad.  This was such a fun graphic novel.  It takes place currently, but between the language elements, the dress and attitude, the other references perfectly fit.  Squad takes a girl who is new, and feels left out and makes her into someone popular.  But popularity comes with chains. And in this case those chains are bloody!  This book is real when it needs to be, but a great creepy roller coaster the rest of the time.  It’s female centric, a bit sapphic, and all feminist, both good and bad.  I can't say much else without giving anything away, but if you want a howling good time this October, pick up this book.  

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