Review: Lucky Penny by Ananth Mirsh & Yuko Ota

Title: Lucky Penny
Authors: Ananth Mirsh & Yuko Ota
Publisher: Oni Press
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Paperback, 208 Pages
Published March 2016

Summary: If Penny Brighton didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it's okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there's bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat— just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there's this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck’s bound to change! Right?

This was another graphic novel that I received from Margot Wood and the lovely team over at Oni Press when I told her that I was trying to get more into graphic novels, but I didn't know much about any contemporary stories that were available. Luckily, Margot sent me this one, and I really enjoyed it, so without further ado, let's get into my review!

For starters, I thought that Lucky Penny was really funny. Penny's antics had me laughing, especially the way she was living in a storage container and seemed to go about her life just rolling with all of the punches that life threw her way. She was sarcastic and witty, which are two of my favorite qualities in a main character, so she always kept me on my toes as a reader. And I definitely cringed a lot when I watched her bad lucky come into play time and time again -- poor girl couldn't catch a break!

This was also the first "novel" length graphic novel that I read, but it flew by surprisingly fast! I read over 200 pages in an hour and a half, and that's including the break I took to play The Sims, because, you know, duh. I've also never read a graphic novel that was in just black and white, so that was an interesting experience, too. I definitely prefer colored panels, but this wasn't bad at all!

The ending of this book felt a little bit rushed, however, and it didn't make much sense to me. I felt like the rest of the story was going along at a pretty good, even pace, and then at the end things didn't escalate, but they completely jumped, and I felt a little bit blindsided. So that was the only thing that I didn't really love about this book, but everything else was great!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Lucky Penny. If you're looking for a quick, hilarious read, then I'd definitely recommend that you pick this one up. I'd like to say another thank you to Margot and the incredible team over at Oni Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review -- I've been loving these contemporary graphic novel recommendations!


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