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Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf in this fast-paced, sharply funny, and patriarchy-smashing graphic novel from author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and artist Lisa Sterle. When the new girl is invited to join her high school’s most popular clique, she can’t believe her luck—and she can’t believe their secret, either: they’re werewolves. Fans of Mariko Tamaki and Elana K. Arnold wi Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf in this fast-paced, sharply funny, and patriarchy-smashing graphic novel from author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and artist Lisa Sterle. When the new girl is invited to join her high school’s most popular clique, she can’t believe her luck—and she can’t believe their secret, either: they’re werewolves. Fans of Mariko Tamaki and Elana K. Arnold will devour the snappy dialogue, vivid artwork, and timely social commentary. When Becca transfers to a high school in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s worried she’s not going to fit in. To her surprise, she’s immediately adopted by the most popular girls in school. At first glance, Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are perfect. But at a party under a full moon, Becca learns that they also have a big secret. Becca’s new friends are werewolves. Their prey? Slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls. Eager to be accepted, Becca allows her friends to turn her into a werewolf, and finally, for the first time in her life, she feels like she truly belongs. But things get complicated when Arianna’s predatory boyfriend is killed, and the cops begin searching for a serial killer. As their pack begins to buckle under the pressure—and their moral high ground gets muddier and muddier—Becca realizes that she might have feelings for one of her new best friends. Lisa Sterle’s stylish illustrations paired with Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s sharp writing make Squad a fun, haunting, and fast-paced thriller that will resonate with fans of Riverdale, and with readers of This Savage Song, Lumberjanes, and Paper Girls.


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Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf in this fast-paced, sharply funny, and patriarchy-smashing graphic novel from author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and artist Lisa Sterle. When the new girl is invited to join her high school’s most popular clique, she can’t believe her luck—and she can’t believe their secret, either: they’re werewolves. Fans of Mariko Tamaki and Elana K. Arnold wi Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf in this fast-paced, sharply funny, and patriarchy-smashing graphic novel from author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and artist Lisa Sterle. When the new girl is invited to join her high school’s most popular clique, she can’t believe her luck—and she can’t believe their secret, either: they’re werewolves. Fans of Mariko Tamaki and Elana K. Arnold will devour the snappy dialogue, vivid artwork, and timely social commentary. When Becca transfers to a high school in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s worried she’s not going to fit in. To her surprise, she’s immediately adopted by the most popular girls in school. At first glance, Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are perfect. But at a party under a full moon, Becca learns that they also have a big secret. Becca’s new friends are werewolves. Their prey? Slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls. Eager to be accepted, Becca allows her friends to turn her into a werewolf, and finally, for the first time in her life, she feels like she truly belongs. But things get complicated when Arianna’s predatory boyfriend is killed, and the cops begin searching for a serial killer. As their pack begins to buckle under the pressure—and their moral high ground gets muddier and muddier—Becca realizes that she might have feelings for one of her new best friends. Lisa Sterle’s stylish illustrations paired with Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s sharp writing make Squad a fun, haunting, and fast-paced thriller that will resonate with fans of Riverdale, and with readers of This Savage Song, Lumberjanes, and Paper Girls.

30 review for Squad

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Gong

    A fast-paced and deeply satisfying read. Squad is a story fitted with the sharpest teeth that chomps down on the patriarchy, and I adored it with my entire vicious heart.

  2. 5 out of 5

    s.penkevich

    To cut right to the heart of things, Squad is like if Mean Girls was a sapphic werewolf story about group dynamics and quite literally devouring toxic men. And it’s marvelous. Written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and wonderfully illustrated by Lisa Sterle, this is a chilling and thrilling graphic novel that attacks sexually aggressive masculine culture and shows there is power in friendships that serve as support groups. The book reads like a late 80s/early 90s after-school Halloween special, emphasize To cut right to the heart of things, Squad is like if Mean Girls was a sapphic werewolf story about group dynamics and quite literally devouring toxic men. And it’s marvelous. Written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and wonderfully illustrated by Lisa Sterle, this is a chilling and thrilling graphic novel that attacks sexually aggressive masculine culture and shows there is power in friendships that serve as support groups. The book reads like a late 80s/early 90s after-school Halloween special, emphasized by the Archie Comics-like artwork crossed with 80s horror aesthetics, and is such a fun ride. Flowing beneath the high-stakes werewolf feasting plotline are some really great themes about friendship groups, rape culture and mother-daughter relationships in this tense graphic novel that is sure to shock and awe. The nostalgia elements of Squad were a real winner with me. Everything from the art direction to the popular-girl clique cliches of this book brought me right back to childhood watching horror films aimed just above my age group that we’d conspiratorially watch at sleepovers after the parents went to bed. Yet the target age group for this book (high school aged) won’t feel lacking without the nostalgia boost (it’ll likely have a ‘vintage’ appeal though) as this is just a solidly written horror spectacular. It surrounds a female empowerment theme, yet takes a dark edge as these girls accept supernatural powers for the price of having to feast on human flesh every full moon. The wolf pack, with its whole set of lore and passing of the alpha torch once one graduates and moves on to start a new pack in college, has a strict set of rules and only hunts the ‘worst’ of their peers to eat. This tends to be abusive popular boys who rape drunk girls at parties. The story takes a sharp turn when the Squad's rules get broken and disappearances start to form a pattern investigators are looking into, but the whole revenge plot leading up to this is just really fun and strikes a blow straight into toxic masculinity. Famous people are parodied as their meals, such as the reference to a devoured Bart O’Kavanaugh to mimic the false name given to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in one of his friend’s memoirs about sexual escapades and likely assaults, as well as a nod to a character named Weinstein. The book uses abusive men as their monthly feasts as a fun and damning commentary to deal out consequences on abusive behavior, but this is mostly just plot fuel for an examination of clique dynamics and the feeling of getting in over your head. Also, did I mention this is a sapphic story? There is a very adorable love plot that brews within this book complete with a tear-jerking coming out scene. The book also plays with the mother-daughter relationship in an interesting way, having fun with the narration aspects of the book with scenes that narrate the coded meaning behind conversations between the two. It also places the story in the aftermath of a divorce, furthering the theme about the destructive nature of toxic relationships. This is such a fun graphic novel with plenty of thrills that is perfect for spooky season but is just as entertaining any other time of the year. The art is fun and equally as engaging as the creepy storyline. This is fast paced, packed with plenty of depth and nuance and just well orchestrated in nostalgia-inducing glory. Just an all around good time. 4.5/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adiba Jaigirdar

    Had so much fun reading this! If you want a graphic novel that's like Teen Wolf but sapphic and with more morally grey characters, pick this one up! Had so much fun reading this! If you want a graphic novel that's like Teen Wolf but sapphic and with more morally grey characters, pick this one up!

  4. 4 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    2.5 rounded down. This Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf meets Mean Girls graphic novel has fantastic illustrations, interesting if stereotypical, characters, and some interesting, yet at times flawed, social commentary. First of all, the illustrations: the drawing style was giving me retro vibes (think Archie comics) which was super cute, really pleasing to look at, and made the story super enjoyable. One standout was the character drawing: the main characters are all gorgeous, and the illustra 2.5 rounded down. This Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf meets Mean Girls graphic novel has fantastic illustrations, interesting if stereotypical, characters, and some interesting, yet at times flawed, social commentary. First of all, the illustrations: the drawing style was giving me retro vibes (think Archie comics) which was super cute, really pleasing to look at, and made the story super enjoyable. One standout was the character drawing: the main characters are all gorgeous, and the illustrator really captured that from their features to their hair to their outfits. The plot is a bit predictable and unoriginal, although this is kinda a given for how short of a story it is. I read it all in about an hour, and while it was a dynamic story to read, I knew pretty much everything was going to happen before it did. But kudos for the sapphic rep!! I wasn't expecting it, and really loved it as a sapphic reader. Now for the social commentary: this is where the story started to get murky. The story has a lot of anger for toxic masculinity, and it semi-based on women avenging the behavior of predatory men via murder. Promising Young Woman, anybody? This aspect was great, and I loved it, however the story's "commentary" (if you could call it that) on racism... very much lacking. First of all, I'm a white reviewer, so keep in mind that I'm coming at this issue through that lens and I would very much be missing something, however the Asian main character and Black side character consistently had micro aggressions thrown at them, especially the Black character, by their own friends, which remain unchallenged throughout the story. It struck me as very weird that they would be included, but not expanded upon. The readers are assumed to know "this behavior is micro-aggressive," so while the racism is somewhat subtexted as bad just by human logic, it's never said to be out of the ordinary in the book. I don't think such micro aggressions belong on a YA book without being properly expanded upon; otherwise what's the point of including them? The Black side character was also sidelined SO MUCH during this story despite being a REALLY important aspect to the plot. The main characters are also very obsessed with being skinny and dieting, which remains unchallenged. It's very stereotypically "mean popular girl" trope behavior to be obsessed with your weight, but I feel like in 2021 we shouldn't still be exhausting this trope without challenging it. Overall, the illustrations were great, I loved the sapphic representation, and the story was entertaining, however the unchallenged representation of racism and fatphobia really killed my enthusiasm for this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    a darkly comedic YA graphic novel about a clique of teen girls whose favourite pastime is to "get dressed up, go to parties, target entitled, date-rapey Bros, turn into wolves, and eat them." omg Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram a darkly comedic YA graphic novel about a clique of teen girls whose favourite pastime is to "get dressed up, go to parties, target entitled, date-rapey Bros, turn into wolves, and eat them." omg Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    This graphic novel is The Craft meets Mean Girls meets Werewolves... plus it’s gay. In short, it’s awesome.

  7. 4 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    This YA graphic novel was a bit darker than I was expecting, but not in a bad way. Becca is the new girl at a posh school and is surprised when the popular clique recruits her--literally, they're a werewolf pack who need a fourth member. They prey on the predators, satisfying their monthly hunger by eating shitty guys they pick up at parties. Things get a lot more morally grey when one of their boyfriends is accidentally killed and they're forced to look for food outside of their usual places. G This YA graphic novel was a bit darker than I was expecting, but not in a bad way. Becca is the new girl at a posh school and is surprised when the popular clique recruits her--literally, they're a werewolf pack who need a fourth member. They prey on the predators, satisfying their monthly hunger by eating shitty guys they pick up at parties. Things get a lot more morally grey when one of their boyfriends is accidentally killed and they're forced to look for food outside of their usual places. Great vintage horror vibes in both the art and storytelling; the drawings are kind of Archie comic style but polished. There's also a cute coming out, sapphic romance, and an intriguingly complex portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship where they never say what they mean. I appreciated how all the women characters aren't crafted with likeability or niceness in mind. They felt very authentic! This book gave me strong Buffy vibes, capturing my imagination in the way it gave teen girls the physical power to fight the patriarchy as embodied in entitled rapey teen boys. It felt cathartic and empowering to read like Buffy has often made me feel. There are also shades of The Craft in the girls' relationship and power dynamics with one girl being the leader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Okay. So what if Mean Girls was making out with Pretty Little Liars and then Teen Wolf came along and bit the living shit out of them and then it was the full moon and now they all have to eat human flesh once a month? Then you'd get Squad. This was fantastic. I loved the artwork. I loved the characters. I loved the bloody amoral juiciness of the squad and the girls and Becca going along with it because she wanted to belong so badly. And I love that in the middle of all the gory flesheating and hu Okay. So what if Mean Girls was making out with Pretty Little Liars and then Teen Wolf came along and bit the living shit out of them and then it was the full moon and now they all have to eat human flesh once a month? Then you'd get Squad. This was fantastic. I loved the artwork. I loved the characters. I loved the bloody amoral juiciness of the squad and the girls and Becca going along with it because she wanted to belong so badly. And I love that in the middle of all the gory flesheating and hunting was a delightful coming-out story. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather *champagne & sweatpants but in a goth way*

    I ended up really disliking this! And I hate that, partly because this is one of the few graphic novels where the art isn't distracting me with all its extra-ness and the colors don't make me hate my eyes. But I feel like the "patriarchy-smashing" message got extremely lost along the way. The girls kill predatory boys... until they don't. And we as the reader just *have* to know that the lead character is a small size 4. Yet the main character's mom is vilified for how toxic diet culture rules h I ended up really disliking this! And I hate that, partly because this is one of the few graphic novels where the art isn't distracting me with all its extra-ness and the colors don't make me hate my eyes. But I feel like the "patriarchy-smashing" message got extremely lost along the way. The girls kill predatory boys... until they don't. And we as the reader just *have* to know that the lead character is a small size 4. Yet the main character's mom is vilified for how toxic diet culture rules her life. Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, there were various microaggressions toward the characters of color. The one in particular that sticks out in my mind is when the MC is told she looks like a mermaid, but Asian. I know feminism can be done well in entertainment because I feel it was in Sabrina. This book was on the right track but some things were mentioned and then left unaddressed, which came off as tone-deaf. Since I expected a super-feminist work, it just didn't work for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    I feel like SQUAD has the problems of PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN plus other issues that I don’t want to rant about (it’s… a lot). I’m so disappointed because I love sapphic werewolves. You might have a more positive reaction, so give SQUAD a shot if the premise intrigues you. The artwork is gorgeous. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Althea

    Ever since I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to pick it up, and when I heard it was being illustrated by the amazing Lisa Sterle (aka, the artist of my first ever tarot deck) I immediately went to preorder it. I finished this book in an evening and, although overall it was a lot of fun, I did have some issues. First and foremost, Lisa Sterle did not disappoint with her stunning artwork - the colours and the style of this graphic novel are to die for! I really hope to see her col Ever since I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to pick it up, and when I heard it was being illustrated by the amazing Lisa Sterle (aka, the artist of my first ever tarot deck) I immediately went to preorder it. I finished this book in an evening and, although overall it was a lot of fun, I did have some issues. First and foremost, Lisa Sterle did not disappoint with her stunning artwork - the colours and the style of this graphic novel are to die for! I really hope to see her collaborating with more authors in the future! This book has an amazing synopsis and, although the plot did turn out to be a bit predictable, I didn't mind at all, for two reasons - the fact that it sapphic, and it almost had a nostalgic feeling about it that reminded me of many 2000s movies! However, some aspects did leave a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. First of all, one of the main characters uses the word "lesbo" at one of the other characters for supposedly looking at her while she gets changed. It is later revealed that the character who shouts it is a queer girl too, so this just felt really horrible to read. I know it could be deemed as an accurate depiction of your classic teen mean girl but it really did feel like a slap in the face. Another of the main characters displays some casual transphobia by saying that she isn't taking advice from someone who's never touched a dick to the main character who is a lesbian. Like, come on, it's 2021, I'm tired of this shit. Throwaway comments like this are not okay. There was also constant fatphobia throughout that I was just waiting to be properly challenged but that never comes about. Again, I'm tired of it. Though this graphic novel did have its issues, I did enjoy it overall and I do hope that there's some sort of a sequel or companion to it as I'd love to explore some of the other characters that we meet throughout! Want more sapphic books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Disclosure: I won this Advance Reader's Edition in a Goodreads Giveaway. Heathers with fur. Teenage werewolf vigilantes get a twofer as they strike out against toxic masculinity and sate the hunger that drives their hunt. I wanted to cheer them on, but the story is awkwardly told (in script and art) and has characters crossing lines that take redemption out of reach. Disclosure: I won this Advance Reader's Edition in a Goodreads Giveaway. Heathers with fur. Teenage werewolf vigilantes get a twofer as they strike out against toxic masculinity and sate the hunger that drives their hunt. I wanted to cheer them on, but the story is awkwardly told (in script and art) and has characters crossing lines that take redemption out of reach.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elke

    teen girls whose favorite pastime is to "get dressed up, go to parties, target entitled, date-rapey Bros, turn into wolves, and eat them." i mean - teen girls whose favorite pastime is to "get dressed up, go to parties, target entitled, date-rapey Bros, turn into wolves, and eat them." i mean -

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I don't know where to start. Werewolves, Queer characters, murders, girls kicking ass? Squad had all of it. This honestly took me on such a wild ride. I was warned at the beginning but most of the plot still took me by surprise. I loved the characters, they were all complex and layered and that's not something I often see in that format. I usually have a little bit of a hard time feeling for characters when I'm a graphic novel, I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I don't know where to start. Werewolves, Queer characters, murders, girls kicking ass? Squad had all of it. This honestly took me on such a wild ride. I was warned at the beginning but most of the plot still took me by surprise. I loved the characters, they were all complex and layered and that's not something I often see in that format. I usually have a little bit of a hard time feeling for characters when I'm a graphic novel, cause everything goes so fast. This was NOT a problem here. I don't know how else to say it. It pretty much had everything. I could not recommend this more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    2.5 stars--Eh…it was okay. This is a graphic novel, pitched primarily at a YA crowd, about the queen bees of an upper-class high school and one new girl’s uncertain attempts to join them. And oh yeah, they happen to be werewolves. There are beach parties, shopping sprees with parents’ credit cards, and lots of uses of the word “like.” (So, so many “likes.”) Yes, there is nuance as well, and more so that may be expected in a story like this. There is a major subplot about toxic masculinity and ho 2.5 stars--Eh…it was okay. This is a graphic novel, pitched primarily at a YA crowd, about the queen bees of an upper-class high school and one new girl’s uncertain attempts to join them. And oh yeah, they happen to be werewolves. There are beach parties, shopping sprees with parents’ credit cards, and lots of uses of the word “like.” (So, so many “likes.”) Yes, there is nuance as well, and more so that may be expected in a story like this. There is a major subplot about toxic masculinity and how it damages young women, and that’s something I don’t think we would have seen ten or twenty years ago. These girls weren’t my crowd then or now, and it was a struggle for me to engage with decent chunks of the story. However, if media such as this appeals to in-crowd types, and teaches them a lesson along the way about not accepting or excusing sexual violence and being kinder to their gay peers, that’s a good thing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    M

    I read The Mermaid, The Witch, And The Sea by: Maggie Tokuda Hall and really loved it I was so excited for Squad to come out, I preordered it and everything. The storyline was pretty basic (which was fine) it had a Mean Girls/early 2000’s teen movie vibe to it. The problem with the story, for me, is with how the only main Black character, Amanda, was treated. It felt to me like Amanda was unfairly targeted, and whose treatment felt like micro aggressions. I didn’t particularly like the ending ei I read The Mermaid, The Witch, And The Sea by: Maggie Tokuda Hall and really loved it I was so excited for Squad to come out, I preordered it and everything. The storyline was pretty basic (which was fine) it had a Mean Girls/early 2000’s teen movie vibe to it. The problem with the story, for me, is with how the only main Black character, Amanda, was treated. It felt to me like Amanda was unfairly targeted, and whose treatment felt like micro aggressions. I didn’t particularly like the ending either (no spoilers) it really didn’t make sense to me with the characters. With a few small things this went from a great, cute sapphic graphic novel about a group of were-girls taking their power back, to a meh read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roomies' Digest

    4.5 ⭐️ I'm doing this new thing with netgalley ARCs where I write down buzz words, and things the ARC reminds me of while I'm reading it, so here is what I wrote down for Squad: - Drake's song: Girls Want Girls - Jennifer's Body, Mean Girls - 80's horror, slasher flicks Absolutely LOVED the art style in this one. The story was simple, but I enjoyed it. Definitely high school mean girl vibes which I haven't read anything like that in a while! Overall I think I wanted a little more from the ending, but 4.5 ⭐️ I'm doing this new thing with netgalley ARCs where I write down buzz words, and things the ARC reminds me of while I'm reading it, so here is what I wrote down for Squad: - Drake's song: Girls Want Girls - Jennifer's Body, Mean Girls - 80's horror, slasher flicks Absolutely LOVED the art style in this one. The story was simple, but I enjoyed it. Definitely high school mean girl vibes which I haven't read anything like that in a while! Overall I think I wanted a little more from the ending, but it was still so good. I'm also wondering if another volume will come out or if it will just be a standalone? I think either could work, and if theres a second volume, I'd love to read it! xx -Christine

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I couldn't read this fast enough. In Squad, over-pressured teen girls turn into werewolves and take revenge on sexual predators. This book is so timely, charming, and beautifully illustrated that I want it in every High School library across the country. Put it on your self right between "Paper Girls" and "The Power" and touch it gingerly each night before sleep. I couldn't read this fast enough. In Squad, over-pressured teen girls turn into werewolves and take revenge on sexual predators. This book is so timely, charming, and beautifully illustrated that I want it in every High School library across the country. Put it on your self right between "Paper Girls" and "The Power" and touch it gingerly each night before sleep.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacey-Lea

    3.5 stars rounded up Super fast paced Mean Girls meets Teen Wolf meets Jennifer's Body graphic novel. I know that sounds like a lot but it really all blends so well together here and the art style was beautiful, I loved the colours. The characters were kind of unlikeable but I think that's the point? Anyway, fun werewolf fic for spooky season! 3.5 stars rounded up Super fast paced Mean Girls meets Teen Wolf meets Jennifer's Body graphic novel. I know that sounds like a lot but it really all blends so well together here and the art style was beautiful, I loved the colours. The characters were kind of unlikeable but I think that's the point? Anyway, fun werewolf fic for spooky season!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dark and intriguing, but too rushed to really shine. It felt like so much of the time was taken up with the issue of popularity and belonging to the clique that there was little focus on the werewolf transformations and the fact that they had to kill and eat someone once a month. That the pack so quickly breaks its morals at its Alpha's orders would have been interesting had they shown more than Arianna's "mean girl leader" vibe. While I liked the character design and drawing style, the action s Dark and intriguing, but too rushed to really shine. It felt like so much of the time was taken up with the issue of popularity and belonging to the clique that there was little focus on the werewolf transformations and the fact that they had to kill and eat someone once a month. That the pack so quickly breaks its morals at its Alpha's orders would have been interesting had they shown more than Arianna's "mean girl leader" vibe. While I liked the character design and drawing style, the action sequences felt sloppy and hard to follow. They didn't feel.. fluid or energetic, given that they were werewolves. The romance itself also seemed pretty rushed, without much page time, given that they both leave the pack to be with each other. Oh well, it was interesting, especially Becca's distant relationship with her mother.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cande

    this was SO disappointing. sapphic werewolves? yes please! but it was rushed and tropey and that ending was so anticlimactic?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This was just alright. I had a hard time with all the murders, even if they were against bad men, without any recompense. It seemed to end abruptly and a little too neatly. Also, I wanted our main character to actually be someone that had a little more backbone and stood up against the other girls. Maybe the author wanted to portray a messy situation without idyllic characters but it caused the characters to be unlikeable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    First off, this art was AMAZING. Quite possibly my favorite out of all of the graphic novels I've read this year. Second, I....did not love this. I liked the plot, but I thought it would be a bit more focused on hunting down date-rapey bros and less focused on the fallout of one specific killing. I also didn't like the romance. (view spoiler)[ I had assumed that the romance would either be with Becca and Heidi or Becca and Amanda, and so I was super disappointed when it ended up being with Marle First off, this art was AMAZING. Quite possibly my favorite out of all of the graphic novels I've read this year. Second, I....did not love this. I liked the plot, but I thought it would be a bit more focused on hunting down date-rapey bros and less focused on the fallout of one specific killing. I also didn't like the romance. (view spoiler)[ I had assumed that the romance would either be with Becca and Heidi or Becca and Amanda, and so I was super disappointed when it ended up being with Marley. Given that Marley was either closeted or struggling with her sexuality, I can excuse her prying about Becca's sexuality, but I can't overlook how she consistently talked over Amanda and ignored her requests not to be called "Mandy" and the weird comments she made towards Becca about Becca looking like "a mermaid, but Asian!", wanting to set her up with the "hottest Asian guy in school", and was never really challenged on any of that. It just left me with a weird taste in my mouth. Also, Heidi or Amanda would've been much better. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rayna

    This just didn't work... "Patriarchy-smashing" and "feminist horror story" are not the right descriptions for this graphic novel. You can't promote a book as patriarchy-smashing & say it's about a group of werewolf ladies preying on "slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls", and then fill it with teen girls MCs who make shitty decisions about their werewolf rules/ideals and also constantly spew girl-on-girl hate. The concept could have been pulled off so well to have "timely social c This just didn't work... "Patriarchy-smashing" and "feminist horror story" are not the right descriptions for this graphic novel. You can't promote a book as patriarchy-smashing & say it's about a group of werewolf ladies preying on "slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls", and then fill it with teen girls MCs who make shitty decisions about their werewolf rules/ideals and also constantly spew girl-on-girl hate. The concept could have been pulled off so well to have "timely social commentary" but unfortunately it got too muddied and messy, with no actual lessons learned or morals to be found. The synopsis is very misleading and I really didn't appreciate the overall vibe this group of girls sent out. *sigh*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mya

    this was fantastic—feminist, queer, funny, and dark. Just all-around great.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Was this a one off? I want more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Squad follows Becca, a young woman who has just transferred schools who is afraid she won’t fit in, until she is immediately swept up by the most popular group in school. Becca is surprised by how quickly the group embraced her, but is even more surprised when she finds out they are werewolves. I have very mixed emotions about this graphic novel. To start I loved the art style, reminded me a lot of Archie and I loved that classic colorful look. I also loved the premise of the story, a group of g Squad follows Becca, a young woman who has just transferred schools who is afraid she won’t fit in, until she is immediately swept up by the most popular group in school. Becca is surprised by how quickly the group embraced her, but is even more surprised when she finds out they are werewolves. I have very mixed emotions about this graphic novel. To start I loved the art style, reminded me a lot of Archie and I loved that classic colorful look. I also loved the premise of the story, a group of girls killing guys who are willing to assault girls, BUT this was not some feminist story in any way other than that. The girls are the popular girls at school and they treat everyone around them, especially the other girls, horribly. They are rude and constantly putting down all the girls in their school and at the parties they go to. I’ve seen other readers describe them as morally gray characters and I 100% disagree. I love morally gray characters and these girls were not them, they were simply rude and mean through and through. I was very excited for the romance and that was even a let down. It was insta-love at its finest, didn’t happen till the end of the story, and had zero impact on the plot. I have to say I had very high hopes for this graphic novel and I was unfortunately very let down. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophie - biblisophagist

    Sapphic supernatural Mean Girls? Loved it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    BadassCmd

    I had never been part of a group before. But I wanted to be. More than anything. "Squad" was very cool and the perfect Halloween read. It's fascinating, it's brutal, it's supernatural, it's gay. And I mean, connecting teenage group dynamics with werewolves? Perfect choice. I had never been part of a group before. But I wanted to be. More than anything. "Squad" was very cool and the perfect Halloween read. It's fascinating, it's brutal, it's supernatural, it's gay. And I mean, connecting teenage group dynamics with werewolves? Perfect choice.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    Thanks to the publisher and edelweiss for an early copy! 3.5 stars. The art style definitely was the best part of this. Not saying the story wasn't good, but I could have looked at these illustrations all day. I'll have to seek out more from this artist. The story was fun enough; Becca is a new girl who gets in with the popular girls at school. Turns out, they're werewolves and want Becca to join them. They only eat gross, sexual-assaulter vibes boys... until they don't. They start breaking some r Thanks to the publisher and edelweiss for an early copy! 3.5 stars. The art style definitely was the best part of this. Not saying the story wasn't good, but I could have looked at these illustrations all day. I'll have to seek out more from this artist. The story was fun enough; Becca is a new girl who gets in with the popular girls at school. Turns out, they're werewolves and want Becca to join them. They only eat gross, sexual-assaulter vibes boys... until they don't. They start breaking some rules and there's some discontent amongst the squad. Oh yeah, and the alpha's boyfriend is dead. This story had some funny parts, but a lot of it was that sort of offensive teen girl "humor" that just puts down other girls and people. It felt very Mean Girls, which I mean, I love Mean Girls, but also I feel like we are kinda past having that kind of stuff unchallenged in media? It's not the end of the world, but it's just not my preferred genre of humor anymore. The werewolf storyline was basic enough, but this story could have benefitted from being longer, and maybe more serialized than trying to be a one-volume story. I never learn my lesson with graphic novels and always expect to connect more than I do. Overall, it was fun and easy, and I think it's plenty likeable, but I'm not obsessed with it. I do like the casual representation - their teacher went by Mx., there were fat girls on page, a girl in a hijab on page, and lesbian representation, for example. Becca was Asian, a fact that was addressed sort of weirdly by her friends? Like her one friend was listing good things about her and she was like "you're like a mermaid, and you're Asian" like it was a fun personality trait... it was just a little strange lol. I still recommend this just because it's quick and I like the art.

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