I was a bit hesitant when I spotted this book (yes, they had this book at one of my libraries). My first meeting with Doreen/Squirrel Girl was through the comics and I have to say I hated it so much I dropped it quite fast. Doreen/Squirrel Girl was annoying, the story was eh, the only good thing was the humour, that was pretty decent. So yes, I was worried. But I still wanted to try, and see how Shannon Hale and Dean Hale have imagined Squirrel Girl.
I quickly found out that this book was different from the comics. It instantly pulled me into the story, and after reading it I have to say I love this Doreen Green.
She is fun, sweet, kind, funny, a bit hyper (but I can relate to that), smart, and she has a good head on her shoulders. When we first meet her Doreen just moved, so she is all new to the area, needs to make new friends, go to a new school. On the one hand she is not happy with the situation, but on the other side… she is only one state away from her superstars: The Avengers!
She tries to find a balance between being a normal girl, but also a superhero, as that is something she does want to be. It was really fun to see her try out her powers, see how far she could jump, what kind powers she had. And she had some amazing powers. I am not sure which one was more awesome. Chatting with squirrels? Jumping way too high in the sky? Not falling? And I also wouldn’t mind the tail (though it is a pain to hide it).
Plus I loved how positive she generally stayed. There were moments were things weren’t pretty (then again, anyone would feel down after that crap).
The mystery was quite easily solvable. I knew pretty much instantly who MM was. 😛 But that didn’t bother me too much, I was just having too much fun seeing the characters realise the same things as I did. And I was in stitches over Doreen’s name for MM (Muffin Master).
The battles, the things that happened in town? It was fabulous, fast-paced, and I was really curious how it would all end. The end battle/last test by the MM was even more exciting, and I was very much worried about Doreen. Would she be OK? Would her friends (the squirrels and others) be OK? Will we see The Avengers? Of course, you will have to read the book to find out how each battle went, I am keeping mum. 😛
I am still very curious about how she has gotten the tail/the superpowers, considering her parents are completely normal.
I loved Doreen’s parents. How supportive they were, how they tried to help out Doreen when she had problems. Of course they also tried to protect her when things did go the wrong way. They also later explained why she had to hide her tail, not because others would be jealous, no there was another reason, something that Doreen also found out as she did more battles, and became more and more Squirrel Girl.
I was also worried about T-Toe, Doreen’s new best friend, a squirrel. She also gets some of the chapters, and those who know me, know that I am a bit on the fence about talking animals/animals taking the lead. It can end up awesome, or it can end terrible. I can tell you from the first chapter from the POV of T-Toe I wanted more. It was so fun to read her POV, to see her being kick-ass, sweet, kind. She did some really lovely things for Doreen.
Then there is Doreen’s best friend, Ana Sophia. I wasn’t so sure about her at first, but she turned out to be a really great friend. And not only that, I was also very happy for her as she also needed a new best friend. She did so many things for Doreen, helping her out when things got tough, being there for her when she needed it. And the same goes for Doreen btw, she was always there for Ana Sophia.
The text messages (to The Avengers) had me in complete stitches. Oh my gosh. Especially poor Tony. RIP that guy. 😛
I also still love the way that people didn’t seem to recognise Doreen as Squirrel Girl despite her not covering her face. It is something I see more often in other superhero stuff as well. You can clearly see their faces but nah, that person wouldn’t be a superhero, would they?
Phew, I think I have mentioned everything, though I could probably go on and on about the book for a while if I want, but I don’t want to make the review too long.
All in all, this is one book that I loved, and I was actually sad that it was all over. I just wanted more. Thankfully, I have seen that this book will get a sequel, and all I can say is that I want it to be 2018 now!