Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point is the debut graphic novel by Kim Dwinell, and I have to say it is a fantastic debut and a great book in its own right. The main characters, best friends Samantha and Jade, encounter a supernatural mystery during their summer vacation. The two are really likable and over the course of the story their friendship and perseverance are a highlight of the story.
The artwork is simply fantastic. It reminds me a lot of the Nickelodeon animated series Doug. The characters have big, simple faces but are incredibly expressive. There’s a diverse cast here and each character feels distinct. Certain characters will pop up throughout the story and are easy to recognize, even if they had no dialogue. Overall the artwork is incredible in its detail and simplicity. Seeing the main duo just surf feels serene. It’s just a cozy book with a pleasant style that is easy to take in.
This book is an incredibly fun story from beginning to end that was hard to put down. Great characters and a satisfying story makes this graphic novel the full package in my opinion.
Review by Andrew Mathieu