16002011Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrations)
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: First Second
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.

It’s only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club’s robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course!

In Faith Erin Hicks’ and Prudence Shen’s world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong. – Goodreads

Review:

I will admit to going into this book knowing nothing and I left it so happy and thrilled! I adored Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong! It has everything I look for in a book. Friendships! Snark! Feelings! The lead characters of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong are Nate and Charlie, two opposites who no one would expect to be friends, but who are and it works. Nate wants to become Class President to get funding for Robotics Club over the Cheerleaders. The Cheerleaders of course begin to rage, because OH OH OH NO. They need new uniforms. That is far more important than a silly-stupid robot event. This forces the Cheerleaders to back another opponent who they believe will beat Nate, even though this opponent has no interest in running.

Who is the opponent you ask? Charlie, the captain of the basketball team and BFF to Nate. Nate who finds it disgraceful that Charlie would run against him. What is important here is that Charlie doesn’t want to run, he has no interest in being Class President, he has his own shit he’s dealing with with a father who’s never home and a mother who ditched them both for California and a new boyfriend. Charlie has a lot of built up resentment and the last thing he wants to do is lead the class.

This doesn’t stop Nate and the cheerleaders from an all out war fighting for that post. Told through use of clever dialogue, Shen is able to tell a genius High School story that had my heart going out to most of the characters, including Charlie, who just wants his parents to listen to him. Along with clever dialogue, Hicks was able to bring the story to life and add so much more to it than I was expecting when I opened up this book.