Shenanigans Paperback – Mar 27 2007
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I just couldn't believe that Casey (who is supposed to be incredibly smart) wasn't able to tell that the Irish guy she's tutoring is her live-in boyfriend Holden. You know, the guy she was going to bed with every night, has been living with for week after week. His costume isn't really even that extensive either. It's a change of clothes, a fake beard, a hat, and a set of glasses. She's never really stated to be overly gullible or lacking common sense, but it's a little hard to believe that she would fall for any of this. Most people would have at least raised an eyebrow to a guy coming in and claiming that he's an ex-member of the IRA, that he's loaded, and that he wants a tutor from a rather nondescript local college to secretly teach him math. What doesn't help is that at one point he's introduced to a table full of people who know him and nobody recognizes him at all.
That I could have overlooked if not for the fact that the characters were pretty underdeveloped and somewhat unlikable. I kept wanting Casey to break free of Holden, who was pretty much a shiftless jerk. He had problems with work, essentially living off of her, borrowed money from friends like it was water in order to keep up his charade- which he started because he wasn't able to either communicate or trust his girlfriend to remain faithful to him. There wasn't a single reason as to why Casey should have stayed with Holden. His actions went beyond campy and cute romcom to just straight up creepy and controlling psycho. I think I could've even dealt with that if there had been an ounce of real humor here or any chemistry between Casey and Holden. Everything just felt stilted and forced. There was no "aww, it all worked out" feeling, just an "are you kidding me" mentality, as if someone had tried to convince me that Paramount Pictures was going to replace Robert Pattinson with Dustin "Screech" Diamond in the final Twilight film. In the end Holden convinces Casey to come back and I just felt like this was the beginning of a different type of story where part two would find her filing for a restraining order because their relationship got so dysfunctional.
The artwork is really the saving grace of the book and the only reason I gave it two stars. It's not perfect, as there's a few odd neck angles and such, but it is nice. It's nice and playful, although I will admit that at times it felt a bit uneven when you have a more realistic looking face drawn when everyone else just has circles for eyes. Still, it's fairly good.
In the end I suggest that you save your money and if you must read this, get it from the library or get it used from somewhere, which is how I found this book. It's really not worth the fifteen dollar price tag. Three to five? Maybe. Oni Press has far better to offer, so I recommend checking out some of their other wares first.