Don't Cosplay with My Heart
Don't Cosplay with My Heart
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Annotation: Edan Kupferman's life is coming apart: her father is being "sequestered" because the company he works for in Hollywood is in legal trouble, her best friend is in Japan for the summer, and the boy she has a crush on is just plain confusing, so she escapes into the world of comics, and her favorite character, Gargantua, but when Kirk, a boy from her high school, gets her into the sold out ComicCon it starts to look like she might, with a little help, be able to take control of her life after all.
Catalog Number: #158612
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 273 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-12549-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-12549-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017032550
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
With her family life going to pieces, Edan needs something to occupy her time during summer and give her life a bit of direction. Her first, intoxicating dose of relief comes from attending her very first comic convention, dressed as Gargantua, her favorite character from Team Tomorrow. From there she resolves to learn how to sew so she can make an amazing costume that'll blow everyone else's out of the water at San Diego Comic-Con. While she's trying to do that, she's also dealing with feelings toward the nerdy boys around her, and channeling Gargantua more and more as she realizes she has the power of determination over her life. Castellucci is no stranger to nerdom, having grown up on comics and even recently cowriting a Star Wars story. While this story itself is fiction, it'll absolutely ring true for geeks and nerds everywhere, especially girls who endure mansplaining and are frequently challenged by their male peers in fandom. The good news is, once you find your people and learn to just do you, it's all good.
Horn Book
Edan starts a cosplay ("costume play") club called SEW: Superheroes Everywhere. In addition to drama within SEW--from sniping among members and a love triangle to sexual objectification and a false accusation of theft--Edan also weathers turmoil at home. Edan's frustrations at not having her passions taken seriously are relatable, and interactions among the casually diverse SEW crew make for a mostly breezy, diverting read.
Publishers Weekly
In this introspective drama, a young woman seeks refuge from her dysfunctional life by cosplaying as her favorite comic book character. As hero and occasional villain Gargantua, Edan Kupferman feels confident enough to handle anything, including her father-s legal troubles. But as she immerses herself in costuming and conventions, she has to put up with toxic fandom and accusations of being a fake geek girl. Edan-s boyfriend turns out to be a jerk, but her new friend Kirk seems to really get her-and she-ll need all the help she can get as her father seems poised to go to jail. Castellucci (Stone in the Sky) infuses this story with a deep and abiding love of comics culture, while simultaneously addressing real sexism within the community. Interspersed passages detail the history of Gargantua-s series, Team Tomorrow (Castellucci takes some minor liberties, giving her team an African-American hero years before Marvel-s Black Panther showed up, for example), and the underlying themes of confidence, self-reliance, and feminism come through with a strength worthy of Gargantua herself. Ages 12-up. Agent: Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit. (Jan.)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpEdan Kupferman, self-described nerd is thrilled that her favorite comic book, Team Tomorrow, is about to be turned into a movie. Unfortunately, her dad is dealing with a not-so-small legal problem and putting everyone on edge. Edan makes the best of the situation by donning a mask and learning how to cosplay, even starting a club at school with her lesbian best friend Kasumi. As she navigates the world of geekdom, she encounters male figures who put her down as fake or not nerdy enough. Castelluci writes that, "everyone is a nerd about something," because everyone has something they're passionate about. Edan looks to her favorite character Gargantua for empowerment, imagining herself, like her hero, growing in size in times of conflict. She hides behind her mask and struggles with her feelings, not just about her father but about two guys she is torn between. This contemporary coming-of-age novel appropriate for younger YA readers is filled with all things nerd: cosplay, comics, and conventions. Short chapters interspersed with information on Team Tomorrow make this a quick pick and good choice for reluctant readers. Characters are fully formed with unique identities and Edan undergoes tremendous growth. The plot is at times heavy-handed with obvious foreshadowing leading to an unsurprising but satisfying conclusion. For those who enjoyed Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde or Geekerella by Ashley Poston. VERDICT An entertaining selection filled with vivid characters; for general purchase where geek is chic.Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL
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Word Count: 57,761
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 192133 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q72559

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That's important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan's feeling small and not sure which end is up.When Edan's cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she's at conventions, she feels like she's found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

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