Like anyone who feels as though they just don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.
Despite his failing health, Evie’s father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it’s finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app… and the power to cause trouble in paradise.
Having religiously watched YouTubers for the past three years, I was probably one of the first to jump on the band wagon when it was announced that they would be bringing out books. Of course it all started with Zoe Sugg, the mastermind behind the Girl Online collection. I’ve loved her work ever since she released it. So when I was told that her younger brother and another inspiration of mine would be following in her footsteps with his own novel, I was more than psyched.
The story is based around misfit Evie, whose life isn’t a bed of roses. Yet the common appreciation that comes from modern YA understands that the protagonist never really has it easy. After all, if nothing bad happens, there isn’t much of a story. The characterization of Evie is amazing. She’s kind, she’s pure and she’s that little part inside everyone that they can relate to. Her loneliness is a raw emotion, one that somebody has experienced at least once in their lifetime. It seems that her life is falling apart, but when the going gets tough, she steps up to the plate. While she’s a character that many will understand and ultimately feel for, Evie is also a character that we should aspire to be as a person.
Underlying in the story of Username: Evie is the common theme that everyone can be their own superhero. Evie is probably the last person that anyone would expect to save the day, and the idea that whether we are good or bad, extraordinary or regular is an important thing. I mean, we all want to feel unique in our own way, right? There is also the idea that beauty is hidden by how we choose to present ourselves, and that inner beauty is not always visible on the outside. Since this book has been targeted at the younger generation, it offers very important messages which will help them become better people.
As a graphic novel, the book naturally appeals to the younger generation. This is a good thing, as it teaches children how if we all act horribly to each other, we will destroy our world and make it a terrible place to live. However, graphic novels just don’t hit the spot for me, as sometimes the story can be dragged out and then makes the reader feel quite sleepy.
There is definitely appeal for this book, due to the popularity of the author, and the potential behind the story. While I can’t rant and rave about faults in the book, I also found little to grasp onto to praise, other than the hidden messages and the characterization of Evie. Therefore, Username: Evie earns a modest 3 out of 5 snowflakes.
Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.
Stefani @ Caught Read Handed says “I was NOT a fan of this graphic novel.”
Sarah @ The Little Contemporary Corner says “Overall Username: Evie was a pretty average young adult graphic novel.”
Emma @ Wandering Words says “Despite my list of criticisms, I still think it is still worthy of five stars.”