Friday, May 24, 2019

Review - Croquette & Empanada

Croquette & Empanada: The Book Romeo Would Have Given Juliet (Croquette & Empanada #1)
by Ana Oncina
Date: 2014
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Reading level: A
Book type: comic collection
Pages: 128
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

A classic love story: doughy appetizer boy meets doughy appetizer girl. Together they exist in a world cohabited by humans.

Croquette is looking for love—his sweet, silly other half. Empanada hopes she can find someone who accepts her for who she is. It’s a match made in tasty, tasty heaven. Internationally bestselling author Ana Oncina’s Croquette & Empanada explores modern love and domesticity with charming comics. Enjoy the antics of this adorable, culinary couple as they navigate romance and cohabitation, from deciding to move in together to purchasing their first pet.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Aside from the gimmick of the main characters being a croquette and an empanada, this is a fairly boring comic collection that relies on stereotypes, some bordering on the offensive. When Croquette basically fat-shames Empanada near the end of the book, I'd had enough. (Luckily, I was almost done.)

If you like books about gender stereotypes, crazy cat ladies, and the mundane, you might enjoy this. I did not.

Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a digital ARC.

Writing & Editing: 3/5
Illustration: 2/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 1/5

Overall Rating: 1.8 out of 5 ladybugs

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