Foiled, by Jane Yolen

I’ve started to really like these graphic novels… they’re often cute and quick and brimming with delightfulness and pretty pictures.

This book definitely had the pretty pictures, but I’m not really sure where Yolen was going with the story.

The plot, as far as I can tell: Aliera is a high-school outcast and a top-notch fencer. Her mother has bought her a new weapon from a tag sale, and it’s pretty awesome except for the giant ruby-looking thing on its handle. Also, there’s a new and also very hott kid in school, who is Aliera’s new lab partner, and Aliera is all tongue-tied around him. He’s weird, but cute, and the crushing is on. And then he asks Aliera on a date and some WEIRD stuff happens. Like, super-weird. Like, I would have read an entire book about the weird stuff and been delighted, but it doesn’t fit with the beginning of the book at all.

Sigh. It’s really pretty! And I can sort of draw some meaning from the story, like that people aren’t always what they seem. But I’m still confused about this book. Maybe someone can explain it to me?

Rating: 6/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

See also:
Stuff As Dreams Are Made On…

Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.


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