Chick lit, Comics & Graphic Novel

Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez,  Danica Brine, Hank Jones, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

This book is, in its essence, a coming-of-age book for our lead character with some really great art.
There are multiple authors mentioned, and I am not exactly sure how that worked, but it felt quite seamless. We have four friends who have all finished their undergraduate together (one decides to go back for more), and they are planning to board together as they set off on newer adventures. Like any group, success in some form or fashion comes differently to each member. Our main protagonist is Ben, who has been thrust into the chicken and egg problem of not having enough experience to join an entry-level writing job that would have given him the required experience in the first place.
As he dejectedly walks around, he stumbles on a cooking job which does not require any experience. It is a hobby that Ben has often indulged in, to the joy of his friends. He is even further invested as he feels extremely attracted to Liam, who is set to be his immediate boss if he does get the job.
Once Ben decides to throw his hat in the ring, he has a lot of hurdles to cross, parents and, more importantly, a pig to please. The latter part of my statement was highly entertaining. The art brought the story to life, and all the characters were quite believable. The smaller frictions and the bonds that endured were dealt with within a few short pages while making it seem like the acquaintance with the people within the pages was quite a bit longer.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is on the lookout for a graphic novel with some lovable characters and a good arc for the plotline.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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