Honestly, I had the hardest time in the world coming up with my rating for Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni, a collection of comic strips about roommates Andy, who is trans-genderqueer, and Scout, who is gay. And initially I was really excited to read this collection, thinking that it was going to be a lot of fun but I just found myself rather bored with everything and didn’t really like the characters all that much. I recognize, however, that this is more personal feelings on my end and less a commentary on the material itself, which is why this was ultimately one of the most difficult books for me to rate.
One of the cool things I did appreciate and notice about the various comic strips was the way in which the characters’ outfits–shirts for Andy and the hat for Scout–changed periodically throughout, featuring a variety of different phrases with each different moment of story being told. I think that the comics have some merit to them, but I found myself not really connecting with Andy’s promiscuity or Scout’s hang-up on her ex-girlfriend. I couldn’t really bring myself to feel invested in the characters or their stories, which was unfortunate and kind of a let down.
In the end, I feel as though it’s fairly obvious that this story simply isn’t for me. And while I was drawn in by the Friends quote adaptation, the series wasn’t really what I was expecting. I think this was partially due to the fact that promiscuity is not something I ever enjoyed on my own end–though I have no problem with others doing it–and pining after one’s ex is something that reminds me of an awful time in my life. These factors ultimately left me feeling detached from the work as a whole, though I hope others enjoyed it more than I did.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.