If you loved Lumberjanes, Vol. 1, you will also love Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max, because it’s the same thing, except MORE. More friendship, more monsters, more weird mysteries surrounding their camp, more little girls riding velociraptors.
This volume centers around three main events: a friendship bracelet making session none of the campers are that interested in, but their beleaguered counselor Jen (who is so earnest it’s painful) wants them to learn instead of going to the Raccoon Rodeo (whatever that is), and then they are attacked by raptors and save the day with friendship in the most literal way possible.
Plus, in this one, Jen comes into her own. Last time she was the one the girls were constantly ducking, and her inability to keep track of the girls and control the weird happenings of the camp were causing her to become somewhat upset. This time, she decides to embrace the weirdness, and her discomfort while also being hilarious, is very very endearing.
In this volume, we also get an epic game of Capture the Flag, in which it’s revealed that one of their fellow campers is a magical being in disguise, an organized Lumberjane jewel heist to filch something from camp director Rosie’s office (and don’t think we’re not all suspicious about just how much Rosie knows about all this weird stuff going on!), some truly adorable friendship moments between April and Jo, Ripley and everybody, and Mal and Molly (<3), as well as this:
This series is so silly and wonderful and full of joy. I love it.