Review: Jonesy Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries & Caitlin Rose Boyle

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Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong. Collects issues #1-4.

Rating: 3 Stars

Jonesy  caught my eye because the color and the style reminded me so much of the television show Steven Universe. While as far as I know neither creator has nothing to do with the show, this book has its own humor and shine.

Jonesy is a Cupid-like character who has the ability to make people fall in love with other people, things, ideas, etc. Some of these matches are much more successful than others. Many have consequences that force Jonesy to confront her view on the subject and figure out how to make things better or whether to meddle again when she has the potential to make things even worse. There’s no indication yet where her powers come from, whether they’re passed down from a family member or spontaneously bestowed upon her, but she’s certainly making use of them since discovering them accidentally when shipping two characters on t.v.

The weird thing about Jonesy is, even though she’s described in the summary of the book as being a fan of anime and a devotee of grrrl bands and 1D, I didn’t really get that from her in this book. She mentions anime once or twice, watches an unnamed show once, but she never mentions anything specific about anime, like a favorite character or movie or show. It is the same with her musical tastes. The only musician that I saw mentioned was a fictional one called Stuff, whose persona is that of an alien on the planet Earth, playing music for humans. It might be a callback to an early David Bowie persona, but I didn’t get that vibe either. I’m hoping her interests will be demonstrated more in future books because volume 1 seemed to be all about her powers and how she misused them.

Speaking of her misuse of power, it is this that brings me to a point about Jonesy that annoyed me during the course of the book. Her age is never stated outright, but from the description of the school and school events, like a Valentine’s Day flower sale for charity or prom, it’s easy enough to figure out that she is somewhere in high school. My guess would be 16 or 17. However, based on her actions throughout the book, I would’ve pegged her age as much lower at best without these context clues.

She acts like a sixth grader, if that, in terms of her selfish nature regarding helping her father and using her ability to make others fall in love with anyone/anything. While each chapter featured an escapade in which Jonesy screwed something up and a subsequent reversal of her opinion about said event, I can’t help but feel like she’s not learning much of anything yet. I feel like, if she were actually a teenager, she’d have at least a modicum more of sense in regards to these situations.

On the positive side, there is a lot of diversity in this book. The main character, Jonesy, comes from a Hispanic family (her abuelita, who appears briefly, is hilarious!). Her new BFF Ginger is not only a Black woman, but a gay woman whose love interest features in one chapter. There are other side characters that appear that have the potential to be brought forward as time goes on, including Jonesy’s other friend Farid (about whom not much is known).

I might have another look at this series and I’d definitely recommend giving it a try, though I’d probably put this in the column of checking it out from the library first to see whether or not it’s up your alley.

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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