The Plain Janes
by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Jane was your typical high school student. She was pretty, blond, and popular. But after a bomb goes off next to her, she changes. She begins writing letters to a guy in a coma who was also a victim of the bomb. She cuts her hair and dyes it black. She starts drawing everything that's around her. When her parents move her out of the city and into the heart of boring suburbanville to keep the family safe, Jane realizes that she can't just sit on the sidelines of life anymore.
In the cafeteria, Jane is invited to sit with the popular girls, but rejects them to go to the Jane table. Jane, Jayne, and Jane are all a little different, but want to belong; and Jane wants to belong with them. Together, they form People Loving Art In Neighborhoods, or P.L.A.I.N. and they begin to create art attacks around town. Unfortunately, instead of acceptance, the town reacts very badly to their art, and Jane must decide between being true to herself or staying safe.
This is a graphic novel that has the look of manga, but a story that will resound with all girls (and even a few boys).