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Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely kee Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune. In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).


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Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely kee Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune. In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).

30 review for Comics Will Break Your Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    When I realized this book was going to be a kind of modern version of Romeo Juliet with conflict centering on comic book copyrights, I was thrilled. Who doesn’t enjoy a well done enemies to lovers story. This one turned out to be an okay experience though, enjoyable enough but not very remarkable or maybe I just hoped for too much. The writing was simple enough that I finished it pretty quickly. However, the conversations between the characters didn’t always feel realistic. It’s probably the firs When I realized this book was going to be a kind of modern version of Romeo Juliet with conflict centering on comic book copyrights, I was thrilled. Who doesn’t enjoy a well done enemies to lovers story. This one turned out to be an okay experience though, enjoyable enough but not very remarkable or maybe I just hoped for too much. The writing was simple enough that I finished it pretty quickly. However, the conversations between the characters didn’t always feel realistic. It’s probably the first time I actually liked the characters’ internal monologues more than the dialogues because it helped me get to know them better. It was also quite unique to see this book set in rural Canada, which I know nothing about. The small town feel, the contrast between the rich and not so rich part of the town, the helplessness of living in a place where there are not many opportunities - all of this is captured quite well. I also liked the idea of so many people, both old and young finding such joy and contentment with comics. However, the main conflict of the book is supposed to be about the TomorrowMen comics and how Mir’s grandfather was not given his due by Weldon’s and I think the whole past issue was not really explored at all. We only get small glimpses from both the families but we never get the full story and I kinda felt cheated because of that. Miriam was not an easy character to like initially. I thought she was being difficult, but it took some time for me to understand her perspective and struggles. She was just being a very confused teenager, unsure about what to do after graduation, how she would pay for university and if leaving her small town meant losing all her friendships. I obviously didn’t realize her obsession and anger about the comics, considering she never even met her grandfather, but it was nice to see her slowly realize the futility of it and let it all go. In the beginning, Weldon seemed like a spoiled teenager just doing bad things for the fun of it, but soon it was clear he wanted to be noticed and not feel so invisible in his own family. However, he too slowly realizes that isn’t the way to go and becomes slightly more responsible and confident about what he wants for his future. I also enjoyed his changing relationship with his mother and the possibility of them being closer again. There was only a slight conflict between the two of them and I thought it was resolved fairly quickly. There wasn’t much angst and perhaps I was expecting more of it. The development and progression of their friendship was very cute but I truly didn’t feel the chemistry, especially not enough to warrant the decisions towards the end of the book. Everything seemed to resolve fairly quickly and easily too, neatly wrapped up in a bow, which was okay I guess but also made me feel like the stakes were never too high. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a cute high school contemporary with nerdy characters, some fun moments and not much angst. I would suggest not going into it with too much expectations, specifically for the enemies to lovers trope. It was entertaining while I was reading it and left me feeling pleasant.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    I am really not a comics fan but I loved this! A cute Romeo and Juliet story that's also about family, about valuing art and creators of art, and, yes about comics (I'm sure I didn't appreciate that part as much as I could have.) Review on the blog Feb 13 and a giveaway on Feb 15! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!

  3. 4 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    2.5 stars So I decided to read this book in the spirit of The Avengers movie and I wanted something nerdy and related to comics and this seemed perfect for this mood Sadly it wasn't that good, I mean the story is fine but nothing was really happening and I couldn't get myself to like any of the characters, I was really sad that Evan never got his shot but I was really bored and uninterested through out the story, I guess I wanted something more of ( Geekerella ) vibe So the story is about Mir and 2.5 stars So I decided to read this book in the spirit of The Avengers movie and I wanted something nerdy and related to comics and this seemed perfect for this mood Sadly it wasn't that good, I mean the story is fine but nothing was really happening and I couldn't get myself to like any of the characters, I was really sad that Evan never got his shot but I was really bored and uninterested through out the story, I guess I wanted something more of ( Geekerella ) vibe So the story is about Mir and Weldon who happens to be from two feuding family over comics and such and how will their love story unfold .. it's light and no drama whatsoever I expected better but alas .. didn't enjoy it

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    His family had made their fortune from the TomorrowMen, while her family watched from the sidelines. Can Mir and Weldon rise above their family history and forge a relationship? • Pro: I was actually a big Weldon fan. He had quite a bit of baggage to unpack, and I was glad Nova Scotia was a hospitable place for him to do it. • Pro: The romance was very sweet. I liked how Mir's feelings for Weldon snuck up on her, while Weldon was sort of gooey from the start. • Pro: The Hendricks were such a fabu His family had made their fortune from the TomorrowMen, while her family watched from the sidelines. Can Mir and Weldon rise above their family history and forge a relationship? • Pro: I was actually a big Weldon fan. He had quite a bit of baggage to unpack, and I was glad Nova Scotia was a hospitable place for him to do it. • Pro: The romance was very sweet. I liked how Mir's feelings for Weldon snuck up on her, while Weldon was sort of gooey from the start. • Pro: The Hendricks were such a fabulous family, and Mir's household may have been physically shabby, but it was filled with love and parents, who were genuine and supportive. • Pro: Hicks has an obvious love for comics, and some definite feelings about the comic and superhero industry. There is some intriguing commentary in the book that had me nodding my head. I also really liked getting a peek at what goes into writing and illustrating a comic. We got to hear from an artist in the book, as well as tagging along as Mir and her friend attempted to write a comic script. • Con: Don't get me wrong, I really thought the ending was nice and sweet and I was rather happy with the resolutions, but it felt a little rushed to me. • Pro: This wasn't just a romance. Both Weldon and Mir were struggling with some issues relating to letting go and moving on, which were definitely themes for several characters in this book. Mir and Weldon grew over the course of the book, and it was clear in the way their approach to this issues changed. Overall: An adorable romance with a side of coming-of-age and geekery, which was fun and light and smile inducing. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  5. 5 out of 5

    Xiren

    3.5☆ but I rounded up. The plot was good, but a few of the characters annoyed me. It's still worth a read though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    “Comics Will Break Your Heart” was a book I got at YALLFest and was really looking forward to. The premise of two teenagers—who have an ongoing “family feud”— meeting and potentially falling in love (with the addition of comic books) sounded like so much fun! I was super excited to jump into the book, but I was sadly disappointed. I didn’t love this book nearly as much as I was hoping to. I do stand by the fact that this was a very original plot, what with the comic book writing and all, but it w “Comics Will Break Your Heart” was a book I got at YALLFest and was really looking forward to. The premise of two teenagers—who have an ongoing “family feud”— meeting and potentially falling in love (with the addition of comic books) sounded like so much fun! I was super excited to jump into the book, but I was sadly disappointed. I didn’t love this book nearly as much as I was hoping to. I do stand by the fact that this was a very original plot, what with the comic book writing and all, but it was handled in a very common way. We’ve got the hate-to-love trope thrown into the mix, which wasn’t done exceptionally well. I personally thought that a lot of the plot changes didn’t have good transitions. If an event occurred, something would change, but the author didn’t make it very clear what caused things to change. I noticed this in many different circumstances throughout the book. I also felt that the dialogue didn’t flow with the book— it felt very scripted and stiff. Dialogue between characters is one of my favorite elements in any book, and the enjoyment factor wasn’t there for me with this book’s dialogue. Another thing I think could have been improved upon was the timeline. We get a lot of history about the Warrick/Kendrick comic feud, but the times aren’t clear. However, this is an ARC, so this is subject to change. I just noticed that, in this copy, there were lots of contradictions in terms of when comics were made, when people were alive, etc. My final critique for this book is the pacing. I wasn’t enthralled with the book. In fact, I unfortunately found it pretty boring for the most part. It’s a 340 page book, but I think it could’ve been condensed to around 300, if not less than that. There were a lot of periods in the book where nothing happened. While I didn’t expect lots of action, considering this is a contemporary novel, I expected more overall. I did quite like how Miriam, a main character, struggled with a variety of different issues, relationship, friendship, and future wise. She was struggling with losing a friend, what she wanted to do in the future—stay home or go away to a university— and what she wanted with Weldon. This part of the book was handled very well, although there were some elements they didn’t quite wrap up at the end. I love the setting in Canada. I don’t read much Canadian fiction, whether the author is Canadian or the book is set there, but I liked reading this book. I believe it is set in Nova Scotia. Finally, I thought the characters were developed really well. Miriam and Weldon were both very fleshed out and they were written to seem very real. While their dialogue was uncomfortably stiff, other than that their relationship and their individual personalities were done well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*Check out my blog at The Bent Bookworm!*~ Comics Will Break Your Heart was an adorable story with hattips to geeks of all kinds - from the greats of British literature to, obviously, comic book fans! The plot is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, only the two families in question are descendents of patriarchs who together birthed one of the greatest comic book franchises of all time, only to have a bitter falling out. Mir and Weldon are both likable characters, young people approaching the end ~*Check out my blog at The Bent Bookworm!*~ Comics Will Break Your Heart was an adorable story with hattips to geeks of all kinds - from the greats of British literature to, obviously, comic book fans! The plot is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, only the two families in question are descendents of patriarchs who together birthed one of the greatest comic book franchises of all time, only to have a bitter falling out. Mir and Weldon are both likable characters, young people approaching the end of high school with the usual amount of trepidation and flailing about as they try to figure out their place in the world and what they want to do with their lives. They meet by sheer accident, when Weldon's misbehavior prompts his high-powered, fame and fortune focused father to send him away for the summer, to his aunt and uncle's house in the small town he has rarely seen. Despite his undercurrent of resentment and propensity for lying, Weldon is charismatic and charms just about everyone he meets. Mir has a work ethic to rival most adults, desperate to rise above her family's extreme economy of existence. I liked that she didn't seem embarrassed by her admittedly rather eccentric parents, but she knew that their choices were not going to be hers. I could understand her resentment of being forced to the extremes of frugal living - such as buying a second hand Monopoly and painting rocks to replace the missing pieces. The cast of side characters was endearing too, even if I felt that their stories were left unfinished. I loved Mir's friends Evan and Raleigh, and I hope maybe the author plans to write more about them at some point. Evan especially! He was just so sweet and kind and clearly cared so much about Mir. I really liked that even though he wanted to care about her in a more-than-friends way, when she said made it clear she wasn't interested he completely dropped it, but remained a great friend. A lot of guys could take a lesson! :P The Romeo/Juliet plot was a little weak, mostly because of its predictability. The adults of the two families have had some hard feelings in the past, but their reasons for estrangement sound weak, especially the way Weldon's aunt presents her case. 4/5 stars. I loved the descriptions of fandoms and comics, and Comic Con. It definitely appeals to the inner (and not so inner) nerd! Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram | Google+

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Comic and graphic novel writer Faith Erin Hicks makes her debut in young adult fiction with Comics Will Break Your Heart, and does it beautifully! In this sweet YA novel, two teens from families with a long-standing grudge meet and connect one summer in Nova Scotia. Miriam's grandfather co-created the TomorrowMen comics with Weldon's grandfather, but sold his rights to the brand for only $900 many decades earlier. Since then, TomorrowMen has blown up with a huge fandom and a blockbuster movie in Comic and graphic novel writer Faith Erin Hicks makes her debut in young adult fiction with Comics Will Break Your Heart, and does it beautifully! In this sweet YA novel, two teens from families with a long-standing grudge meet and connect one summer in Nova Scotia. Miriam's grandfather co-created the TomorrowMen comics with Weldon's grandfather, but sold his rights to the brand for only $900 many decades earlier. Since then, TomorrowMen has blown up with a huge fandom and a blockbuster movie in the works, and while Weldon's family stands to profit hugely, Miriam's will see not a dime, despite the 20-year lawsuit waged by her grandfather to undo the shoddy deal he unwittingly agreed to. When Miriam and Weldon meet, they each carry their families' baggage, but their mutual love of comics as well as their own personal struggles to figure out their futures draw them together and help them move past the animosity that's lingered for so long. This is a quick, fun read, with touching moments too, and has some lovely scenes that highlight the intricacies and quirks of best friendships, relationships between teens and their parents, and the heartaches and worries that come with making decisions about where to go in life. Comics Will Break Your Heart is also a terrific ode to the glories of fandom, culminating in a visit to (of course) San Diego Comic-Con. I'm sure everyone with a secret geeky obsession will relate to the characters' reactions to entering geek heaven: In a flash he saw everything as she saw it, the madness and energy but also the joyful heart of the convention. "Oh, wow," she whispered. "Comics made all of this." Highly recommended! Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    JM Cabral

    Actual rating: 4.5 ★ When I first read the synopsis for Comics Will Break Your Heart, I thought that it was just my typical romance story that was filled with angst and witty banter that comes with the trope. I mean, what was I to expect? There’s a heroine, a love interest, and an age-long conflict / tension. That, to me, screamed HATE TO LOVE. Is it just me? After a more thorough research, though, I found that it was an easy favorite for contemporary readers who are in the market for stories tha Actual rating: 4.5 ★ When I first read the synopsis for Comics Will Break Your Heart, I thought that it was just my typical romance story that was filled with angst and witty banter that comes with the trope. I mean, what was I to expect? There’s a heroine, a love interest, and an age-long conflict / tension. That, to me, screamed HATE TO LOVE. Is it just me? After a more thorough research, though, I found that it was an easy favorite for contemporary readers who are in the market for stories that were equal parts sweet and savory, but all in all romantic. And that’s exactly what I thought when I read it. Read on to know my thoughts about Faith Erin Hicks’ new book. I see no point in denying that I came and stayed for the romance aspect of this book. Miriam’s grandfather, Micah Kendrick, co-created the famous, crowd-favorite comic, the TomorrowMen, with Joseph Warrick, who happens to be Weldon’s grandfather. And after a messy legal case that lasted for years, the Kendricks lost possession of the said comic, leaving Mir and her family with practically nothing. Mir had every right to avoid Weldon just because of the looming history that their families undoubtedly share, but fate obviously had other plans for them. Once they met, sparks were literally everywhere. And I very much appreciated the fact that lots of forces were driving them apart, but against all odds, they still found ways to be together. (Wow, that sounded cheesy, but I CANNOT HELP IT, I’m sorry!) I enjoyed reading this love story not just because it was sweet and romantic. The whole narrative is original, and I feel like I’ve never read anything quite like it. Their banter was also enjoyable to read, paving the way for me to fully appreciate this rom-com. The A+ family dynamics were quite noteworthy too! Mir’s parents, Stella and Henry, were supportive, resourceful, content, and frugal, and I actually felt like they were Filipino parents just because of the traits that they possessed. There’s an admirable thing in living a simple life and I can’t help but commend them for it—even though, just like Miriam, I have an undeniable need for reliable internet. And even though they weren’t fully able to pay for every single thing that Mir wanted, and yes, I’m talking about a secure college plan, they still made it a point to instill her with good values and show their love and support in what little way they can. As for Weldon, the fact that he came from a broken family added a new perspective and a lot more depth into the story. I appreciated that, even though he was practically banished to an isolated area in Canada for most of the story, he learned to accept and love it in the end, turning a punishment into a positive thing, and he even found love in the process! As for David and Emma, Weldon’s parents, they might not have lots of exposure, but I knew that they had their own battles to conquer and so I loved their presence all the same. Another thing that I loved about this novel was the fact that it tackled the hardships that come with being practical and dreaming big, especially in terms of tertiary education. Lots of students, whether they be Filipino or not, are confused as to what they want to do after high school. The future can sometimes be a scary topic for lots of people, especially for the youth, and so I very much appreciated the way that this was somehow brought to light through Miriam and her struggle in finding and honing her passion. There’s a certain part of the story that shows just how conflicted Miriam is about what she’s going to do after HS, and even though she had her heart set in studying out of province, she still didn’t have any concrete plans as to what she actually wanted to do and pursue. However, just as I predicted, she later on works things out for herself, ensuring an exciting future for herself. In my own personal way, I felt like this was the author’s way of telling her readers that we don’t need to think about stuff too far ahead and sometimes, it’s okay to go into the future without well-thought of plans. Life’s all about experiencing the ups and downs in making decisions and that’s what makes it fun and memorable. Audiobook Review: Thanks to the generosity of the people from Macmillan Audio, I was also approved to listen to the audiobook program of Comics Will Break Your Heart in advance as narrated by Carly Robins! Now what I absolutely adored about the program is that the narrator did such an amazing job at breathing life into every single character in the story. From Mir, to Weldon, to Stella… Name it and Carly Robins probably gave him / her a unique voice. I breezed through it because I easily fell in love with her parlance and diction and I was amazed at how she turned all of the confrontation scenes into such lively and tense moments. “Comics Will Break Your Heart is an awesome novel perfect to read for the summer. It features a cute, conservative, and very relatable romance, and a coming-of-age topic that I’m sure lots of teens will appreciate. Miriam and Weldon, at least to me, seemed realistic because of their problems and so I didn’t have a hard time believing in them and their story. It’s a fast-paced masterpiece that reads like a centuries-old rom-com that no doubt fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, Maurene Goo, and Siobhan Vivian would certainly enjoy.” Huge thanks to my friends from Macmillan International and Fierce Reads for sending me a review copy and Macmillan Audio for letting me listen to the audiobook program of this title in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

    2.5 stars. This book felt way too surface level, and the romance was on the boring side.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    This was a quick, cute, and enjoyable read. I thought this book was going to be similar to "Fangirl" except more related to comics; however, that wasn't really the case. It did have hints of the comic related 'fandom' or 'nerdy-ness' but overall it felt more like an average contemporary coming of age romance. Although the novel did have an underlying tone of seriousness related to the characters' familial history, it was also a fun read including some humour. It wasn't overly funny but there wer This was a quick, cute, and enjoyable read. I thought this book was going to be similar to "Fangirl" except more related to comics; however, that wasn't really the case. It did have hints of the comic related 'fandom' or 'nerdy-ness' but overall it felt more like an average contemporary coming of age romance. Although the novel did have an underlying tone of seriousness related to the characters' familial history, it was also a fun read including some humour. It wasn't overly funny but there were moments. I also loved how the majority of the novel was set in Canada and featured some jokes quite typical of the Canadian stereotype, such as our frequency in apologies and the intensity of a Canadian winter. It was a quick, cute read and I will look for more written by this author in the future. ***Thank you to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessie_Book

    This book is perfect for fans of Geekerella. Its cute, light hearted, and full of geekery. Though it does take about half the book till it gets really good, after that the book practically drowns in adorable cuteness.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (YA Book Shelf)

    Super cute story with a hate to love vibe and comic book characters a-plenty. Miriam has a great family and a group of friends that cause frustration and an interesting character arch. However, the Romeo and Juliet style vibes between Miriam and Weldon make for a great, slow burn romance that readers will get behind. Fellow Canadians will also get a kick out of the Canadian setting and must-be-a-Canadian style jokes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tiff at Mostly YA Lit

    Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit: Comics Will Break Your Heart is an unusual YA that discusses issues of comic book creation, inheritance, small-town poverty, and class issues. Miriam is the granddaughter of Micah Kendrick, the co-creator and illustrator of the Tomorrow Men, a huge, classic comic. Unfortunately, Micah sold the rights to the Tomorrow Men to the other co-creator, Joseph Warrick, for a mere pittance. Miriam’s grandfather spent his life trying to get the rights back – or at Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit: Comics Will Break Your Heart is an unusual YA that discusses issues of comic book creation, inheritance, small-town poverty, and class issues. Miriam is the granddaughter of Micah Kendrick, the co-creator and illustrator of the Tomorrow Men, a huge, classic comic. Unfortunately, Micah sold the rights to the Tomorrow Men to the other co-creator, Joseph Warrick, for a mere pittance. Miriam’s grandfather spent his life trying to get the rights back – or at least some fair payment for his creation. As a result, though, Miriam and her family are fairly poor, and living in the same small Nova Scotia town where the Tomorrow Men started. Weldon Warrick is the grandson of Joseph Warrick, and heir to Warrick Studios, the publisher of the Tomorrow Men. Weldon is rich, but acts out a lot, and ends up sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Nova Scotia for the summer, while his father sets about making the Tomorrow Men movie happen. When Weldon and Miriam meet, there’s an immediate spark, but when they find out more about each other, there’s also a wariness. Can they get past the sins of the past to be together? The best part about this book is how alive and honest it was about this family feud over comic book rights – and how that resentment and fight trickled down to Miriam and Weldon, the two protagonists caught in a Romeo and Juliet situation. I completely understood Mir’s resentment and bitterness, Weldon’s guilt, and how much they had to get past just to fight for a beginning together. Like a comic book, I also liked how this book focused on so many other aspects of Miriam’s life as well, like her slowly changing friendship dynamics, and the class and overtly struggles in small town Canada. Weldon’s family dynamics were a bit more typical for YA but done well. The romance was cute, but maybe a bit too young for my liking. And for the life of me, I couldn’t quite get into Mir and Weldon’s headspaces enough. I wanted to be there, but it felt like we were only scratching the surface of who they were. THE FINAL WORD: Comics Will Break Your Heart was a good book that got me thinking a lot about the commercialization of art, but I wish it had gotten me more invested with the characters. Still, it was a unique book that dealt with issues I’ve not seen a lot of in YA – class and poverty, and how they shape a teen’s future. A very solid YA debut for comic book writer and artist Faith Erin Hicks.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I won a ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! I read this novel in two days because it's such a quick and easy read, which I appreciate once in a while. The problem with quick and easy reads are that they can be forgettable. Unfortunately, Comics Will Break Your Heart falls into this category of being easy to read and then forgetting about it, making you wonder why you even read it in the first place. The main characters, Miriam and Weldon, have family members that are each against their relat I won a ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! I read this novel in two days because it's such a quick and easy read, which I appreciate once in a while. The problem with quick and easy reads are that they can be forgettable. Unfortunately, Comics Will Break Your Heart falls into this category of being easy to read and then forgetting about it, making you wonder why you even read it in the first place. The main characters, Miriam and Weldon, have family members that are each against their relationship with each other because of their families' history with gaining the rights to a certain comic book series. Weldon and Mir's grandfathers were the co-creators of The TomorrowMen, an ultra-famous comic book series that is soon getting a movie. The only problem? Mir's family doesn't get any sales revenue from the franchise. Did I also mention that neither family approves of them seeing each other? Comics Will Break Your Heart is sold as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet. This is where my main problem with this book comes into play; there is literally no good reason for the families to disapprove of Weldon and Mir's relationship. At the time the book takes place, the settlement for the rights to The TomorrowMen franchise is over, and all that's left is some hard feelings. But why? Neither Weldon nor Miriam had anything to do with their parent's issues. I think that these negative feelings were played out in an unrealistic way, especially since the novel takes place in modern times, and not the era of Romeo and Juliet. I have to give this book some credit for making the main conflict just as childish as Shakespeare's original play. I also didn't care for the ending, but maybe that's because I didn't like Mir and Weldon's relationship in general. There's also a scene in which the couple fights towards the end; again, I thought it was juvenile and just didn't make sense, even for supposedly immature 16-year-olds. So that's my beef with Comics Will Break Your Heart. I didn't like it that much. The fact that I read it may have even broken my heart.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    3.5 stars - Cute read but there was one nagging question that was never answered and OCD-me needed it answered (view spoiler)[How much was the settlement paid to Stella and where the heck did it go??? (hide spoiler)] . It stayed true to the comic genre and never appeared fake so major props for that :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Comic Crush Saturday: May 4, 2019 Welcome to Comic Crush Saturday, our bi-weekly feature focused on the graphic elements of the book world. Comics became a huge part of my life a few years ago when I started reviewing them (and comic related TV shows) on Forever Young Adult. I’ve maintained a pulllist through my local comic shop, Isotope Comics, and even got Kelly to start one ;). You’ll find mini-reviews, what we’ve read recently, and more so check it out! Featured Book of the Week Review Ok, Comic Crush Saturday: May 4, 2019 Welcome to Comic Crush Saturday, our bi-weekly feature focused on the graphic elements of the book world. Comics became a huge part of my life a few years ago when I started reviewing them (and comic related TV shows) on Forever Young Adult. I’ve maintained a pulllist through my local comic shop, Isotope Comics, and even got Kelly to start one ;). You’ll find mini-reviews, what we’ve read recently, and more so check it out! Featured Book of the Week Review Ok, so not a comic but I couldn't resist sharing this one on Free Comic Book Day! Just give me all the con/comic books related stories. I love them all! Especially the ones with romance ;). Comics Will Break Your Heart is a modern day Romeo and Juliet story crossed with a "what if" Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's dynamic went terribly wrong and one party got left out. Some of the things I loved about this book: A sweet romance between Mir and Weldon despite their family's decades old feud. Yes, Mir's grandfather was wronged by Weldon's family but these two find their way to each other. Depth beyond the romance. Mir and Weldon are dealing with their futures and separating self from family. This plays out on the page just as much as the romance. Comics, comics, and more comics. The industry is laid bare in this book but that doesn't mean non-comics fans won't enjoy. It's not all industry speak. Solid plot and characters. If you're in the mood for cute with a little depth, this is a book for you. What We Can’t Wait For Debian Perl: Digital Detective: The Memory Thief is a middle grade graphic novel series created to help kids learn about coding. The art looks so beautiful! Best News of the Week FIRST AND FOREMOST - it is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! See the full list here and get yourself to a local comic book store! This is everything I've ever wanted. KATE BISHOP ON THE SCREEN. Can I have it now? Marvel is reportedly developing a Kate Bishop-centered Hawkeye show for Disney+, featuring Jeremy Renner https://t.co/XZTOGUVX0a pic.twitter.com/LeN1lAZ0Zm— io9 (@io9) April 10, 2019 The Eisner nominees (the Oscars of comics!) are here and some of our favs are on the list, including Runaways , Man-Eaters , The Prince and the Dressmaker . What comics will you pick up today? This review was originally posted on BookCrushin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    You may recognize the name of Canadian author Faith Erin Hicks as the graphic novelist behind popular titles such as The Nameless City series, Friends With Boys, or The Adventures of Superhero Girl. With Comics Will Break Your Heart, Hicks dives into the world of contemporary young adult with a beautifully written, poignant story. Told in alternating third person points of view- from Miriam 'Mir' Kendrick and Weldon Warrick- Hicks' novel debut is the story about two teens coming together in the f You may recognize the name of Canadian author Faith Erin Hicks as the graphic novelist behind popular titles such as The Nameless City series, Friends With Boys, or The Adventures of Superhero Girl. With Comics Will Break Your Heart, Hicks dives into the world of contemporary young adult with a beautifully written, poignant story. Told in alternating third person points of view- from Miriam 'Mir' Kendrick and Weldon Warrick- Hicks' novel debut is the story about two teens coming together in the face of their respective families' profoundly bitter history. After a spell of bad behavior and bad choices, Weldon Warrick is relegated to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in the tiny East Coast town of Sandford, Nova Scotia. While exploring the rundown Emporium of Wonders comics shop in Sandford's small downtown, Weldon meets Miriam Kendrick, working at the counter. It is Miriam who first puts together that Weldon is a Warrick from that family. For Mir and her family, the Warrick family has been and continues to be a source of painful memories, anger and soured feelings. Mir's grandfather, Micah Kendrick, was the original artist behind the exceedingly popular comic strip the TomorrowMen, which was started in the 1960s with friend Joseph Warrick. A horrible and lengthy legal battle followed the families for years as Micah unknowingly sold rights at a bargain and Joseph Warrick essentially took TomorrowMen from the Kendrick family and began a separate comics empire that blossomed into a hugely successful conglomerate. Mir's hatred of the Warrick family rests mostly on the unfairness of it all: Mir sees the immense wealth of present-day Warrick Studios- an empire she sees as stolen from her family- and compares it with her own family's relative lower-income stature and feels the burn of it all. Mir thinks about how much she works, how desperately she saves her money and constantly worries about how she might be able to afford university, and finds it desperately ironic, strange, and possibly laughable that she finds herself drawn to the grandson of Joseph Warrick...(similarly in how Weldon is captivated and drawn in by Miriam and her family). Hicks tells such an intriguing and thoughtfully layered story here: of arguments behind 'owning' art, of profiting off of art, and the trail of spite and burnout that theft of art- whether determined as legal or not- causes; of a teen's worry about their life beyond high school and their small town, and of the friends who don't want to leave; and of desire for an unfamiliar person and for an unknown life that are terrifying, dazzling, and assumed to be out-of-reach. While a portion of story energy is spent on detailing the Kendrick-Warrick history, it is a fascinating component of Comics Will Break Your Heart, and necessary to better understand Miriam, and the developments that occur in Mir and Weldon's relationship. From Sandford all the way to San Diego Comic Con (which does indeed make an appearance later in the story!), Weldon and Mir's story is keenly thoughtful, quiet yet incredible all at once, with the world of comics- and the richly imagined, fictitious TomorrowMen - as a backdrop to their story. Overall, a thoughtful, engrossing, and felt contemporary young adult title. The relationship between Mir and Weldon is especially achingly beautifully, though the entire story is very well-developed and wonderfully unexpected. For readers who appreciate their YA on the quieter, unhurried, but emotionally powerful side- think along the lines of Jennifer E. Smith, Susin Nielsen, Lisa Moore, or Nina LaCour- Comics Will Break Your Heart is a fantastic pick. I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    RTC closer to release date

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Awww, so cute!

  21. 5 out of 5

    abire

    dnf at 52% i'm not going to force myself reading this so yeah... i haven't touched it in a month and i tried to get back to it but i'm just bored and the main character is annoying so... i give up

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Ugh, my little geek heart felt so single reading this. But it gives me hope I can find another geek out there for me. Anyway... This was a really good read, I instantly fell in love with the characters and story by the end of the first chapter. The story had me enthralled from the beginning and truly presented a engaging read. I thought the characters were fully engaging and Mir was easy to identify with. I liked the fact that the characters appearances were only mentioned a few times, lacing a lo Ugh, my little geek heart felt so single reading this. But it gives me hope I can find another geek out there for me. Anyway... This was a really good read, I instantly fell in love with the characters and story by the end of the first chapter. The story had me enthralled from the beginning and truly presented a engaging read. I thought the characters were fully engaging and Mir was easy to identify with. I liked the fact that the characters appearances were only mentioned a few times, lacing a lot to the imagination (once I have an idea of what a character looks like in my head it’s hard to get it out, no matter how many times you mention their appearance). I loved the story line and I couldn’t put the book down, and while I loved the story and the whole plot with comic books and characters, I feel like the book could have been better if the author had “TomorrowMen” comics at the beginning of a chapter or something. It would have made the book a little more... comic-ish?? I just felt like a book that was based around comics should have had a panel or two from the comic, wether or not it’s fake. Overall it was a great summer read, it was easy to get invested in and had a satisfying ending. I wouldn’t mind re-reading this book again sometime in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books

    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from Macmillan INTL in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. The minute I read the synopsis to this book, all the way last August, MY NERDY LITTLE HEART WAS OH SO CURIOUS. Two co-creators of a famous superhero comic series, whose families are stuck in years of rivalry and misunderstanding and now their GRANDCHILDREN ARE FALLING FOR EACH OTHER? Yeah, sign me up. IN A NUTSHELL: Comic AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from Macmillan INTL in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. The minute I read the synopsis to this book, all the way last August, MY NERDY LITTLE HEART WAS OH SO CURIOUS. Two co-creators of a famous superhero comic series, whose families are stuck in years of rivalry and misunderstanding and now their GRANDCHILDREN ARE FALLING FOR EACH OTHER? Yeah, sign me up. IN A NUTSHELL: Comics Will Break Your Heart was a feel-good PG-13 romance with a love for superheroes, comics and story-telling in the background, good secondary characters and actually present families (this actually shocked me) THINGS I LIKED: 1. NERDY COMICS AND SUPERHERO BACKGROUND: I mean. There was all this talk about Comic con and the TomorrowMen Movie, original comics, trailers, art, new stories and I just felt like I BELONGED IN THIS WORLD? 2. FAMILIES ARE ACTUALLY PRESENT: It’s become a pet peeve for me, when YA novels don’t have parents around so the plot line (AHEM: ROMANCE/ SUPERNATURAL STUFF) can advance, but I quite loved that parents were actually present in this book and were a major part of the decision-making/ motivation process between both our protagonists. 3. UNDERSTATED ROMANCE: I liked the slow-burn romance between Miriam and Weldon. I was actually expecting it to be a hate-to-love type of romance but I ended up liking this better. 4. DID I ALREADY SAY SUPERHEROES AND ALL THE NERDY THINGS? THINGS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: 1. I had a little bit of a rocky start with Comics Will Break Your Heart especially in terms of character development. At first, for the first 50 pages or so, the characters seemed underdeveloped but they did grow through this 300-page book. 2. NOT ENOUGH DRAMA? OR RIVALRY? I guess I was really expecting some major family rivalry. I loved how Miriam’s mom reacted to the situation like a true grown-up, but I wish there was a TAD MORE DRAMA overall, especially since the blurb promises one. Would I recommend this book? To all you nerdy souls looking for a feel-good romance, pick up Comics Will Break Your Heart.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Confession: I've had this book on my literal Library Books TBR shelf since it came out in print. (and technically, I had it on my radar before actual publication because I love Faith Erin Hicks). It took me this long to get to it partly because of my various book groups, and partly because I'm very good at procrastinating, even on the things I know I'll enjoy. Finally, partly thanks to leaving work early because of feeling awful, I was able to rest and fall into this book, and I'm so glad that I Confession: I've had this book on my literal Library Books TBR shelf since it came out in print. (and technically, I had it on my radar before actual publication because I love Faith Erin Hicks). It took me this long to get to it partly because of my various book groups, and partly because I'm very good at procrastinating, even on the things I know I'll enjoy. Finally, partly thanks to leaving work early because of feeling awful, I was able to rest and fall into this book, and I'm so glad that I did. Comics Will Break Your Heart is the kind of book that reminds you that a novel can be a comforting friend when you need it. The characters in this book were fantastic and relatable, the story was heartwarming, and the setting was very well done: I felt transported to this tiny town in Nova Scotia and even now, after I finished the book, some of that feeling of this summer & romance in Nova Scotia still lingers, and it's a very sweet feeling. My only disappointment is that there was no "Damn the Man! Save the Empire!" kind of moment with Mir's original workplace, Emporium of Wonders, and I wish there had been, because I think Mir's friend Evan would have grown up to be a fantastic owner of the shop! I love the way comics influences the backstories of the main characters, and the reminder that there is no such thing as fake geeks. I love a lot about this book, and it was a very satisfying read. ♥

  25. 4 out of 5

    TheMistressofBooks

    Too doggone dry and I didn't care about the romance. I liked Weldon's family a lot. It's interesting to see why he's the way that he is. Honestly I don't feel this lived up to the "Romeo and Juliet" tag because (view spoiler)[ there wasn't a real push back against them liking each other. (hide spoiler)] I wanted it to be a bit more actively about comic books. Miriam started helping her friend with a comic mid-way through the book which was cool, but this is more about how the bad comic blood sta Too doggone dry and I didn't care about the romance. I liked Weldon's family a lot. It's interesting to see why he's the way that he is. Honestly I don't feel this lived up to the "Romeo and Juliet" tag because (view spoiler)[ there wasn't a real push back against them liking each other. (hide spoiler)] I wanted it to be a bit more actively about comic books. Miriam started helping her friend with a comic mid-way through the book which was cool, but this is more about how the bad comic blood started between two families. Also, someone please call out this bs. Miriam's boss skips out on her last pay check just because he can't afford to... WELL THEN YOU'RE IN DEBT TO HER, FOOL! Everyone just laughs it off like oh , him *affectionate giggle* while Miriam is understandably upset. Oooh chile, I don't play about my money. Ahem, anyway, this is still a cute story for comic book fans. Unfortunately, it's just too slow-paced for my liking.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cassi

    A short and sweet little contemporary romance with a Romeo and Juliet style romance with families who created a famous comic. In the summertime I am usually in the mood for contemporaries and this checked all my boxes with story about friendship, family, and a cute romance. I like my contemporaries to have a good balance between light and serious moments and this book definitely had that. It made me laugh, it made me think, and it was fluffy and cute. It was a fast and fun story which definitely A short and sweet little contemporary romance with a Romeo and Juliet style romance with families who created a famous comic. In the summertime I am usually in the mood for contemporaries and this checked all my boxes with story about friendship, family, and a cute romance. I like my contemporaries to have a good balance between light and serious moments and this book definitely had that. It made me laugh, it made me think, and it was fluffy and cute. It was a fast and fun story which definitely could be read in a single sitting if you are one of those people who can do that. This is one of those books that alternates perspectives, so we got to be in the heads of both Miriam and Weldon (can we talk for a second how weird a name that is? It sounds like a comic book character, Weldon Warwick but that is never acknowledged!) The characters were nerd types but it wasn’t over the top. I do wish there was a little bit more character development though. I felt like it was a little stunted and just changed too quickly. Because we were in the heads of the both characters, I kind of expected more of a coming-of-age story type arc for them and we didn’t get that. They weren’t bad, they were likable enough, just a little basic. This is Faith Erin Hicks’ first novel and I love the fact that she wrote something that was up her alley and totally different at the same time. The writing wasn’t too complex which added to my ability to read it quickly. But the writing was very descriptive and I felt like I could visualize the characters and what they were doing. I’m actually a little surprised because I would think a comic writer would rely on images and not have such descriptive writing but this was the opposite. Although the book did pull back the curtain about writing a script for comics so maybe I was wrong about that. All in all, this was a fun and cute story that I would recommend to fans of contemporary YA romances, especially if you also like comics and/or superhero movies.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I am a huge fan of Faith Erin Hicks- as I love her graphic novel Friends with Boys and her Nameless City trilogy, so when I saw that she had written her first YA chapter book, I jumped to read it. Set in Canada (FEH's home country) this sweet novel tackles first love, with a Romeo and Juliet framework for teens Miriam and Weldon. Years ago Miriam's grandfather illustrated the comic book Tomorrow Men, but sold his rights to the author before it hit big, as happened IRL to too many artists back in I am a huge fan of Faith Erin Hicks- as I love her graphic novel Friends with Boys and her Nameless City trilogy, so when I saw that she had written her first YA chapter book, I jumped to read it. Set in Canada (FEH's home country) this sweet novel tackles first love, with a Romeo and Juliet framework for teens Miriam and Weldon. Years ago Miriam's grandfather illustrated the comic book Tomorrow Men, but sold his rights to the author before it hit big, as happened IRL to too many artists back in the early days of DC & Marvel. Now Weldon's family is reaping the profits as the comic is poised to be the next big movie series, while Miriam's family lives modestly even after a settlement was made in court years ago. There has been bad blood between the families for decades when the teens meet and begin to fall for one another. I really appreciated there was no instant love, as far too many books use that trope, instead it was gradual and realistic steps towards romance with Weldon showing his interest first. While there was the obligatory misunderstanding that almost derails the relationship, the story ended on a good note at a big comic con which was apropos to the theme of the narrative. This book gets a definite recommendation from me for it was a lovely ode to nerd culture and love.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla Tewksbury

    This contemporary YA story is a Romeo and Juliet-esque story filled with geekery and comics. Miriam is the granddaughter of Micah Kendrick, who was the original artist for and co-creator of the TomorrowMen comic book entity. Weldon is the grandson of Joseph Warrick, the other co-creator of the TomorrowMen comics. Legal battles over the rights of the company have led to the Kendricks and Warricks filled with animosity toward each other, much to the chagrin of Mir and Weldon. The only thing I felt This contemporary YA story is a Romeo and Juliet-esque story filled with geekery and comics. Miriam is the granddaughter of Micah Kendrick, who was the original artist for and co-creator of the TomorrowMen comic book entity. Weldon is the grandson of Joseph Warrick, the other co-creator of the TomorrowMen comics. Legal battles over the rights of the company have led to the Kendricks and Warricks filled with animosity toward each other, much to the chagrin of Mir and Weldon. The only thing I felt the story lacked was more character development. I would have liked to see a bit more depth within the characters in the story, however, I felt like the atmosphere and plot made up for it. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoyed Geekerella or Queens of Geek! *I received an ARC of this story from NetGalley, all opinions are entirely my own.*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

    3.5 stars This book was fun read and delved into comic book culture in an interesting way. I really enjoyed the characters, but I also felt lime it didn’t really say much. It was pretty predictable and not much really got resolved. I’m torn about that, but I kinda liked it because it did seem somewhat realistic because of that. Some of the conversations seemed a little unrealistic, but it didn’t really detract too much from the story, but it could be something to work on. All in all, an entertain 3.5 stars This book was fun read and delved into comic book culture in an interesting way. I really enjoyed the characters, but I also felt lime it didn’t really say much. It was pretty predictable and not much really got resolved. I’m torn about that, but I kinda liked it because it did seem somewhat realistic because of that. Some of the conversations seemed a little unrealistic, but it didn’t really detract too much from the story, but it could be something to work on. All in all, an entertaining read. For a author who’s focus thus far has been graphic novels, this was a successful departure from that and if she decides to write another prose book, I could really see it being even more so.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mah Marino | Happy Reading Co.

    [see full review at Happy Reading Co.] This book was given to me by NetGalley for an honest review [3.5/5 stars] When I received this book for review, I was thrilled that we were going to have a modern Romeo and Juliette story involving comic books. For those who don’t know, I love reading comic books and during my teenage / 20s I was obsessed with them. So naturally, I dived right in this story. We see Mir, from a very small down called Sandford in Nova Scotia (Canada) go on with her small time lif [see full review at Happy Reading Co.] This book was given to me by NetGalley for an honest review [3.5/5 stars] When I received this book for review, I was thrilled that we were going to have a modern Romeo and Juliette story involving comic books. For those who don’t know, I love reading comic books and during my teenage / 20s I was obsessed with them. So naturally, I dived right in this story. We see Mir, from a very small down called Sandford in Nova Scotia (Canada) go on with her small time life and hoping that she’ll be able to see the “big world” out there. She is the grand-daughter of the creator and illustrator of the famous TomorrowMen, but due to a copyright battle her family settled down and lost all the rights to the comic. And on the other side of this story we have Romeo Weldon, the grandson of the other creator of the TomorrowMen. He lived in the middle of the fame and fortune of the comics, and his parents were both very invested in making the movie for the comics a hit. But when his behavior gets him send to his uncle’s house in Sandford, his life gets intertwined with Mir’s. What I loved about this book is all the geekness around comics. As a comic book reader, we don’t get MC talking and getting excited about comics that often (which to me is kind of sad). Both of the MCs were easy to like and the supporting characters were also very lovable – special mention to Evan, the greatest geek in this story! I loved how their love for comics shaped what they wanted to do with their futures. The negative of this story is that the conflict between the characters was rather shallow and easily solved. There wasn’t any specific struggle or any real problem between. But overall I really enjoyed the read and recommend this book for anyone that’s looking for a light, funny read.

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