It's not like the vow, made by Fil and her three nerdy male best friends, seemed much of a big deal at the time. She has blue hair, is a fan of every Sci-Fi show out there and loves comic books. Have you read her longer book: 'The Summer of Living Dangerously'? I really liked who surfaced as Fil's ultimate love interest and it made an intriguing contrast to another Cohen romance,. So when I saw this book and read that the heroine was a fan of The X-Files I left everything I was doing in order to read it. She does everything with them. Her one true love is her job as the artist for the famous comic Girl from Mars.
This I've loved Julie Cohen's latest two books so I researched her backlist and picked up Girl From Mars because of the fantastic cover. Girl from Mars was exactly what I needed. The book was a light read and fun. Something else I loved was that, more than with any other author, with Cohen's books I always get a bit of a thrill to realise that the story is actually set in my world. Enjoying the fact that this book deliberately avoided a lot of the clichés it could easily have fallen into. Is that what you want? I also liked how they fought the changes that were happening.
Bits and pieces are coming back of what happened. I liked the premise of the book, nerdy girl meets hot boy and falls in love. No, I don't illustrate comics, or even live in London, but I always get the feeling with her characters that they are like me, that they do the sorts of things I'd do. Smarting form the pain, they make a pact to not date and just keep their circle as is to protect themselves from pain and humiliation. Because I hate 99% of all characters in chick-lit I try.
Fil is a comic book artist with a small group of fellow geek friends who are her life. I don't really know where to put it. Fil is a really funny character and I loved her rag tag group of X-Files, and Dungeons and Dragons loving friends. One of her friends had the audacity to go and fall in love. Fil hasn't realised she's a success, nor what an impact she has on her audience, nor that she is a role model for other young female artists. Fil, Jim and Digger are shocked at first and soon become angry when they realize that Stevo prefers to spend time with his boyfriend than with them. I absolutely loved it, it was funny and original, the heroine in my humble opinion ended up with the right guy in the end but as a reader I was kept guessing right until the very end.
And while those changes to the group dynamic are irrevocable, true friendships adapt and grow stronger. I've been in a few social circles like this, and I have seen far more at that motherload of nerd-disfunction, UofC. Bits and pieces are coming back of what happened. So when I saw this book and read that the heroine was a fan of The X-Files I left everything I was doing in order to read it. I read Batman incessantly though what else is new , and, thrillingly, visited the editorial office of long-running British action comic. I went into it thinking I knew what was coming, that I had the characters pegged.
Then as my day went on, it became a nice little companion for a lonely night. I really identified with Fil's feelings for Jim and Digger, two of her friends. Frankly, Fil wouldn't know romance if it hit her in the face, and with her real love being her artist job at Girl from Mars, the comic whose heroine has never had a love interest, she doesn't exactly mind being relationship-free anyway. Fortunately his tastes are simple, mostly running to beer and waffles. I picked this up because I have enjoyed previous Little Black Dress books by this author, but this is my favourite so far. If you want an evening of nothing but love romance, flirtatious dreamy thoughts and to rekindly the old soft spot which cupid plunked a hole in that many years ago then this book would be fun to read. I loved that despite the heroine's worry that she had no real life because of her fandom, she never gave it up and in fact incorporated it even more into herself.
I really longed to read those comics myself! It's got an unusual premise and works out very well. What did I do now? I just remembered because after all this years, my paperback finally came back to me. The funny thing is, this doesn't happen so much, even with other British authors. Completely taking the group by surprise the revelation shakes With her blue hair and black baggy clothes, Philomena, or Fil to her friends is not your typical heroine. Frankly, Fil wouldn't know romance if it hit her in the face, and with her real love being her artist job at Girl from Mars, the comic whose heroine has never had a love interest, she doesn't exactly mind being relationship-free anyway.
I was sucked in by that like the book was a Hoover. Until her world is rocked to its core when one of her long-standing quartet and Girl from Mars herself both unexpectedly fall in love. I loved the comic book stuff, and thought geeky Fil and her even geekier friends were absolutely wonderful. She captures the thoughts and feelings of her heroine perfectly, and takes her on a journey that had me absorbed right from the start. I've read so much romance that by now, I can usually point out the intended hero as soon as he enters the picture. Was he trying to hit the moon? No, I don't illustrate comics, or even live in London, but I always get the feeling with her characters that they are like me, that they do the sorts of things I'd do.
This was definitely a romp, but surprisingly good. Oh, what a wonderful book! And now I wish that Julie Cohen would start a sub-genre of romantic comedies that involve awesome geeky girls who are Comic book artists and their awesome equally geeky friends. The chara Oh, what a wonderful book! Yay yay yay yay yay!!! I didn't know who Fil would end up with either - I kept changing my mind about who it would be. I don't really know where to put it. Boy, was I righ this time. I pretty much hate 99% of all chick-lit I try. But I didn't, not quite.
Girl from Mars is one of those rare I wanted to give this book 5 stars. I really really enjoyed this book, the characters felt real enough to step out of the pages, they were flawed, vulnerable, strong and so delightfully quirky! I loved Phil and Dan and everything about the comic. . The romance was nice as well, even though it wasn't my favourite element. It's not like the vow, made by Fil and her three nerdy male best friends, seemed much of a big deal at the time. Living with her best mate Jim, Fil's life is simple and just how she wants it.