My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It is times like these when I sit down to write a review and ask “Why can’t we have more of these kinds of books in this genre?” Seriously. “A Match Made in Heaven,” installation #8 of the “My Boyfriend is a Monster” series, is a graphic novel that I personally enjoyed from beginning to end, and I think it’s a great read for young adults as well with its respective issues and relationships. I loved the characters, the humor, the dialogue, the gorgeous artwork, the fact that it has characters of color in the leading roles, and ultimately a cute story that left an impression on me after everything was said and done.
The story revolves around a young budding comic artist named Morning Glory (or Glory, for short). Glory has a hard time in school with people who either don’t understand her talents or tease her about her respective name, among other measures. Her friend Julia is a sweet, supportive girl with problems of her own at home, but the two lean on each other and have a great relationship. There’s an interesting twist to things when a new student named Gabriel shows up in Glory and Julia’s class, and immediately takes an interest in them. Julia somewhat crushes on Gabriel, but it’s Glory that he ends up having a connection with. Things take a further turn for the unexpected when Gabriel’s “cousin” shows up and makes matters worse for Glory in the pursuit of her dreams, but then Gabriel reveals a secret that makes him not quite like other guys that Glory has met. (*cough* The name’s a big, big giveaway. *cough*)
I actually have a history of really liking angel stories, but I haven’t read many that have the kind of humor and sweetness that this particular work had, and the themes don’t feel forced down your throat or overdone. It’s actually quite charming to follow the characters and how they come to terms with each other. The ending of this particular story did leave me a little choked up considering, even in the brief time I came to know these characters, how close I became to them and understood their struggles.
A solid recommendation from me on “A Match Made in Heaven”, I loved the work and I certainly won’t hesitate to pick up other works in this respective series.
Overall score: 5/5
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Lerner/Graphic Universe.