This graphic novel, which is a sequel to Plain Janes, continues the story of Jane and her Jane friends, which is certainly welcome to this reader, because while the first book did have a conclusion, so much was left open ended that I was eager to find out more about what happened next.
In the first book, Jane's parents moved them from the city to the country, following a terrorist attack that left Jane injured. Jane is distressed about the move, but eventually makes friends with a bunch of girls who all have "Jane" in their names, as together they form an art initiative called P.L.A.I.N.: People Loving Art in Neighborhoods.
This book follows various plot strands, including the love lives of the friends, Jane's mother's nervous breakdown following the terrorist attack, and the Jane's attempt to get an art grant to legitimize the activities of P.L.A.I.N., which is viewed as little more than vandalism by many of the town's residents, including the police.
This is another great read in the Minx line of graphic novels, featuring characters that teen readers are sure to identify with. The book did have so many plot lines that at times I felt the focus was a little too scattered, but each facet of the story was interesting enough that I didn't mind very much. I look forward to continuing my read through the rest of the Minx comics.
Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci (Minx, 2008)