I checked out a ton of graphic novels from the library after I finished the final Scott Pilgrim. When I saw this, I had to read it. I loved Nancy Drew as a kid. LOVED it. I still have all the old books on a shelf. This grahpic novel reimagines Nancy and her friends in modern times and even though The Charmed Bracelet was completely ridiculous, it captured all the charm of the original Nancy Drew novels.
Like all Nancy Drew mysteries, Nancy stumbles upon a mystery and sticks her nose in it. This time, while touring a high security facility with her lawyer father, a prototype of a computer chip is stolen. Even though this company is super rich and can afford all sorts of investigations, Nancy decides that she is the only one for the job. She gets a charm bracelet in the mail that leads to a whole string of thefts, which eventually leads Nancy to the culprit (and since Ned has been framed, she gets to clear his name, too).
The characters, like in the original series, are over the top. Now that I’m older, I find Nancy obnoxious and pretentious. She’s a bored club girl with nothing better to do than dig through people’s pasts. That hasn’t changed. However, her two best friends, Bess and George, have. Bess, if I am not mistaken (and I’m not), was boy crazy, but she was self-conscious about her weight, not as pretty as Nancy (obviously), and wasn’t exactly a boy magnet. I don’t remember her being particularly good at anything (except pouting and whining about boys), but in the update, she’s all good curves, bellyshirts, and wrapping men around her finger. George is a hacker.
I don’t know if I would ever pay money for this, but it made me laugh and I enjoyed reading it. I will probably request a few more of the graphic novels and I may even go back to reread the originals (The Haunted Bridge was my favorite). Then at least I can laugh about how ridiculously perfect they all are. The book isn’t trying to be anything more than fun, so for that, i can appreciate it.