I like the illustrations of Fearless: A Graphic Novel by Kenny Porter. However, the story? Not so much. The fact best friends are growing apart is fine. I can get behind that. It is the theme of many going into middle school story. But it was what one of those best friends did afterwards that was unbelievable: On the first day of school, she runs away, tries to bike two towns over (where her friend moved to over the summer) to find her best friends’ school. In the process gets lost, helps people, and fights a couple bullies. But how did she go the whole story without one adult thinking it was odd she was by herself? Okay, the kids can think she is homeschooled, or her school does not start that day, but why does not one adult question that? And why every time the bolo out on her is given it is just after she leaves the area?
On top of that, the ending was rushed and one character’s casual, “Oh I just meet you because I picked up your runaway daughter when she was hiding in an abandoned car with her pet ferret during a really bad storm, but btw will you watch my kid brother?” was less than confidence building.
My real score is more 2.5 than a 3, but I say 3 as the illustrations are likeable and interesting. The colors and details are stereotypical graphics novel for middle grade readers. Zach Wilcox made images that are bright, bold, and minimally detailed, but get the point across. My favorite image was of the main characters ferret giving her the stink eye.