Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Shen, Prudence

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
"Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms-- but not both. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong"--Cover p. [4].

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, [2013], ©2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 159643659X
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Sh
Characteristics: 279 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hicks, Faith Erin


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Feb 03, 2015

Pretty nice. Not necessarily my favourite book ever, but is worth a read. Has a feel to it that reminds me of the Scott Pilgrim comics. Mainly in the art.

Jan 10, 2015
  • TGPretender rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I came into this because I'm a Faith Hicks fan. Her artwork is fantastic, emotive, and otherwise wonderful. I found the writing to be pretty awesome. The story itself is fun with the tiny dash of mystery from the interpersonal relationships and a good amount of humor. It's an awesome book start to finish.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is author Prudence Shen's laser-guided, satirical commentary on a clash of the cliques that has the potential to destroy friendships, dreams, and dozens of deadly, armored robots.

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Nov 07, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I'm breaking up with you."

This is the very first line, and it leaves us with many questions. By blatantly contradicting the title, this one line has us hooked.
Nothing can possibly go wrong in this book right?

In terms of how this graphic novel is written, nothing serious does go wrong, the art is clean, and done with a similar style used for "Boys with Friends". Expressions are the main source of humour rather than the story itself being especially funny. The topic itself may not appear that important, but to these kids, their "battle" is very serious.

Charlie is a popular basketball player, yet is a total pushover, and has some family issues. It is he that is most affected by events, and undergoes the most change. Nate on the other hand, is the "geek", but he is very determined and outgoing. The other characters are not nearly as fleshed out as these two, but are given enough face time to be used effectively in the context.

Everyone has a master plan, which finds Charlie caught up in a war between the Cheerleaders and Nate's group. They both want money for their clubs, but things go wrong. On to plan B....robot wars. In an effort to gain money through other means, both groups set aside their differences and team up. The robot wars, are short, actually include some sound strategy, and are the most action one could expect of this type of story. It does serve a very important purpose other than the money aspect though. Whereas the first "battle" was used to divide these two groups, this battle brings them together. They may come from different cliques, but if they team up, things can go right.

Oct 03, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In high school, the line between rival and friend can be very slim. Sometimes there is no line--your rivals are the closest things you have to friends and your feelings about them are a confusing mix of hostility, empathy, and understanding. ----- Charlie spends this story trying to be more than a pawn in the machinations of his rival-friends. Proximity and transportation needs throw him together with his neighbor Nate even though Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team and Nate is the hot-tempered president of the robotics club. Charlie dates Holly because he's supposed to since she's head cheerleader. Except Holly and Nate are competing for funding for their respective activities, so first Holly breaks up with Charlie via text due to his association with Nate then enters him in the campaign for student body president against Nate to gain control of the funds. Things escalate from there. ----- Add to that triangle the other cheerleaders, robotics club members, and basketball players, plus Charlie's resentment at his mostly absent parents, and it makes for an all too explosive mix of ambiguous rivalry-friendship relationships.

Aug 06, 2013

"The age-old battle between jocks and nerds gets a makeover in this clever, off-the-wall graphic novel. Hollow Ridge High can't afford both new cheerleading uniforms and a robotics club, so the two groups face off in a fierce (and dirty) fight for funding - a fight that might destroy the friendship between star athlete Charlie and robotics club president Nate. But, in a twist that's sure to please fans of Glee, the two cliques join forces in a wild attempt to win the prize money in a robot rumble. Stylish, expressive illustrations add both heart and humour to this "silly, earnest, and delightfully stirring" (Booklist) graphic novel." August 2013 Teen Scene Newsletter

Jul 23, 2013
  • semi1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good ending!

Jun 09, 2013
  • JimYung rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a really fun story. The characters defy stereotypes and the story isn't conventional. Very nice twists and the parent relationship was very well done.

Jun 06, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

With a drawing style that reminds me of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim and a plot reminiscent of Bring it On this book is bound to be a favorite!


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Jun 06, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Charlie and Nate have grown up on the same street. The two, forced into playdates as children, could not be more different. Charlie, kind and a little shy, is the captain of the basketball team. Nate is the outspoken and geeky president of the robotics club. Although not even on the same social ladder, the two have always been on good terms...until now. When the school announces that the decision about funding the robotics club's trip to a national competition or new uniforms for the cheerleaders will be left up to the student council, Nate decides to run for Student Body President. When the pom pom mafia finds out they register Charlie for the race without his knowledge. Pitting two unlikely friends against each other, both sides get involved in some less-than-savory politics and earn the ire of the Principal who pulls funding for either project. Left penniless the robotics club and the cheerleaders become uneasy allies in a robot derby. The cheerleaders fund the necessary additions (chainsaws and spikes) to the robotics club's creation, in the hopes that their combined talents can win the $10,000 prizes to fund both endeavors. With the geeky robotics team members working with the preppy cheerleaders, nothing can possibly go wrong...


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