Review: Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Graphic Novel: Choose your own adventure.

Chocolate or Vanilla? This simple choice is all it takes to get started withMeanwhile, the wildly inventive creation of comics mastermind Jason Shiga, of whom Scott McCloud said �Crazy + Genius = Shiga.” Jimmy, whose every move is under your control, finds himself in a mad scientist’s lab, where he’s given a choice between three amazing objects: a mind-reading device, a time-travel machine, or the Killitron 3000 (which is as ominous as it sounds). Down each of these paths there are puzzles, mysterious clues, and shocking revelations. It’s up to the reader to lead Jimmy to success or disaster.


Release Year: 2010
Age Group: YA
Source: Public Library withdrawal

During my few years in library school, part of my children’s lit course we were required to read several different genres of young adult novels. I found this little novelty while browsing the local public library database.

This was a really fun book, even though it’s rated for a younger audience I thought it was an awesome idea to create a “choose your own adventure” in graphic novel format. So many choices the story would be different every time!

This Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style novel is great! According to the cover there are 3,856 different stories to tell all through the opening question of “Chocolate or Vanilla?”, following the scenes is our character Jimmy. The story you create to be quite long or cut short, or potentially seeming repetitive. The pages are tabbed which makes finding the next scene to the plot a lot easier, with vibrant colors and minimalist fashion in regards to the art it would keep great attention to readers of all ages and all genders.

I’ve rated this book with a 4 stars stamp of approval, as I spent several hours playing with this book to get a good idea of what I was playing with, it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely fun.

4 Star


Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought of it!


About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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