A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Victor and Nora offers the opportunity to discuss what it is like to fall in love for the first time and how to manage a chronic illness. An appendix lists mental health resources.
Even in the face of chronic illness, it's possible to find joy. You never know what tomorrow might bring.
Positive Role Models
Victor Fries is an intensely dedicated teen scientist, driven by memories of his older brother, who died in a fire. Nora Faria is an outgoing 17-year-old harboring a difficult secret.They fall in love over a summer but face adversity with bravery and compassion. In terms of representation, Victor is White, Nora South Asian, and the supporting cast is diverse.
Violence & Scariness
Nora is haunted by frightening visions of an aggressive, giant black bird. Victor obsesses about his brother's death in a fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Victor and Nora sleep together while her father and brother are away, and there'ss a page depicting them in bed, without too much skin showing. Nora is a virgin, and Victor comments that he is too tired for a fifth time. A group of Nora's girlfriends talk about "one-night stands."
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Swearing is infrequent: an instance or two of "hell," "damn," and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Victor is a scientist working on a secret formula for a drug that can freeze animal cells without hurting them. He wants to test it on a human subject.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story, by Lauren Myracle and illustrator Isaac Goodhart, is a graphic novel that chronicles the early years of Batman's adversary Mr. Freeze. College-age scientist Victor Fries and 17-year-old Nora Faria fall in love while she's battling a chronic illness. Victor is Nora's first lover, and there are three pages of them in bed together, without much skin showing. Swearing is limited to a few instances each of "damn," "hell," and "s--t." Frightening images include a deadly housefire and attacks by a giant bird.
Is It Any Good?
No one starts out a villain, and this heartfelt graphic novel details the early years of a haunted romance. In Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story, writer Lauren Myracle and illustrator Isaac Goodhart work well together, finding a good mix of light and dark imagery and dialogue. They make clear the attraction between the main characters. Myracle's dialogue sometimes sounds over the top, but young people in love often sound that way. Fans of Batman know where this romance is headed, but the volume ends before the Caped Crusader can make an appearance.Victor & Nora is a compelling tale of star-crossed love that will please superhero enthusiasts and graphic novel newbies alike.
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