Lou #1 Secret Diary is probably one of the most adorable and awesome GNs I’ve had the pleasure to read. It’s a children’s/middle-grade graphic novel that’s about a girl named Lou who chronicles her daily adventures and interests in a series of comic panels taken from her diary. She sports an interest in fashion, has a mother who’s a die-hard video game addict, and a best friend (Mina) who’s usually grouchy, but not afraid to stand up for Lou and speak her mind on a number of different things.
The GN is mostly a series of one-shot stories (some of them are continuous because of the cast of characters and some recurring jokes). They revolve around Lou’s day-to-day encounters, including crushing on a boy in her neighborhood, somewhat embarrassing, yet grand moments at school, family contentions (including a stern grandmother who shows her gentle side in unexpected moments), among other events. The humor in it is lighthearted and made me chuckle several times. The bit references (i.e. Mario of Nintendo fame) were a nice touch. I also liked watching the chemistry between the characters unfold for each bit story.
The artwork has an interesting colorization and style, one I think those in the age group intended for this GN, as well as beyond it, will enjoy. It’s only one volume in an intended series, but I think this will make a fine introduction for those who enjoy coming-of-age, humor focused comics.
Overall score: 4/5
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Lerner Publishing Group (Graphic Universe).