Hello, my darling readers!
If you read the review I wrote on the first season of I am not Okay with This, you’ll know that I absolutely adored it. However, Netflix canceled the promised second season, so I figured I’ll check out the comics the show is based on instead. Let’s see how that turned out!
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
Sydney seems like a normal 15-year-old freshman. She hangs out underneath the bleachers, listens to music in her friend’s car, and gets into arguments with her annoying little brother — but she also has a few secrets she’s only shared in her diary. Like how she’s in love with her best friend Dina, the bizarreness of her father’s death, and those painful telekinetic powers that keep popping up at the most inopportune times.
Comics vs. TV Show:
I love love loved the show and was sold within the first couple of seconds. I was beyond excited that we’d be getting a second season, so you can imagine my disappointment when it got canceled.
My hopes for high for the comics to provide me with some answers – the first season had ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, so I had questions!
Well, the comics did none of that.
First of all, I didn’t like comic Syd. At all. Her most annoying traits were constantly in the foreground. While in the show, the character had enough depth to be relatable even in her annoying or questionable moments, in the comics we get none of that.
There was nothing really likable about her and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t relate to her. On top of that, the story may have its moments but it feels rushed and lacks depth. It’s as shallow as a puddle on the street while the show was setting us up to gaze into an ocean.
Also, there wasn’t much explanation, only an abrupt and surprising ending, that was rather jarring. I was even more disappointed by that than I was by the cancellation of season 2.
If you were hoping for the comics to tide you over the cliffhanger after the first season, I must disappoint you. The comics did not work for me at all. They had nothing to offer that in any way made them preferable to the show. We don’t even get any interesting additions. Maybe except for the ending, but even that came way to abrupt.
Did you prefer the book or the movie? Let me know in the comments!