About the book:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witchesof East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.
After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns toGotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.
When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at GothamHigh, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.
With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!
About the Author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files:Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and Fox News.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!). She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
Things I Liked:
- I absolutely adored the art style of this graphic novel! It’s very vibrant and everything looks so beautiful in Gotham City. Art style is very important to me when it comes to graphic novels, and this one particularly impressed me. I didn’t want the story to end because I wanted to keep flipping through all the scenery and landscapes throughout.
- I also loved the story itself. While the plot is quite simple: they want to figure who kidnapped a kid from their High School, but I was still very much invested in all the characters.
- This is the only Batman reimagined as an Asian main character and I loved that! I made sense in the story, and it was fun to hear him talk about Hong Kong, where he lived before he came back to Gotham
- I also loved how strong and fierce Selena was. She was the typical girl next door, but also a confident and badass teenager!
- Jack Napier, aka the Joker, was super sweet in this book! He was so fun to read about, and his friendship with Bruce, albeit a bit strained at time because of their crushes on Selena, was still fun to read about
- Usually I’m not a fan of love triangles, but this one worked for me! I totally understood the appeal of both Bruce and Jack, so Selena had such a tough choice to make
- And the ending plot twist was something I totally did not see coming!
Over all I did while Gotham High wasn’t the most well plotted or complicated story, it was still such a blast to read! And the art is so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing that i will definitely check out the other works of the artist.
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