I will admit, I fell in love with Ms. Norrie’s artwork when I read the first Hopeless Savages. Cheat is her first solo book, and her artwork just shines all the way through. The black and white flow of her ink is beautiful and fully suited to this modern cautionary tale. Cheat is, rather obviously, about cheating. In this case, it’s all about romantic cheating, and the many reactions to and consequences of such a situation. What isn’t so obvious about Cheat is the resonance of the emotions and the simplicity of a well-told tale. There’s are no fateful plots twists or revelations. Conversations are mundane in the best sense of the word — familiar and welcoming. There’s a truth in behavior shown by keen observation of just what romantic betrayal means, and the fallout for each person involved. This title is good for older teens and adults, and not really because of content (the one sex scene is not particularly explicit — in fact, it’s quite beautifully rendered) but more because of the sophistication behind the feelings contemplated. That being said, it’s a shoe-in for all those girls who love romance comics — this one just gives them a little more to chew on than most.

ISBN: 1929998473
by Christine Norrie
Oni Press 2003

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    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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