Username: Evie by Joe Sugg
Username: Evie is about a teenager, Evie, who has always felt like an outsider and longed for school to finish so she could retire to her house in the middle of nowhere where she felt safe with her ill father who spends all of his time alone on his computer working on various projects. Shortly after the death of her father (which happens within the first few pages), Evie discovers he had created her an online world in which she could disappear and completely be herself. But Evie's father didn't quite manage to finish the coding of the programme, so he programmed it to evolve around her personality once she had entered the world - creating characters using her personality and her soul. However, when her nasty cousin Mallory enters the world behind her without her knowing, the world starts falling apart as Mallory's evil personality seeps into the cracks and details of the coding. Evie's secret world is gradually being destroyed and she must do all she can to save it, and make it out alive.
I initially bought Username: Evie because it was "written" by Joe Sugg and as a huge Youtube fan, I like to do all I can to support my favourite people (and when it involves books, I'm definitely in.) Slightly misleading, as one may expect, the basic storyline and character ideas were created by Joe Sugg but being so interested in art, I'd hoped he would have had more of a hand in the artwork but sadly, that isn't the case with this graphic novel. Amrit Birdi was actually the artist, with Joaquin Pereyra doing the colours, Mindy Lopkin doing the speech bubbles and lettering and Matt Whyman taking control of the story, ensuring it was gripping and entertaining.
Admittedly, I haven't heard of any of these people, other than Joe Sugg and Matt Whyman - having enjoyed his Savages duology, he managed to pull this story together in a way that was entertaining, fast-paced and had me turning the pages as fast as I could because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Whilst the concept didn't feel groundbreaking, I liked that there was an alternate world accessed through a computer and the good vs evil aspect shone throughout. The artwork was great, with excellent colours in parts - I loved all of the fire scenes, and the city scapes in particular. It was a visual style that fit well with the storyline and I flew through the 181-page graphic novel in around half an hour. The characters were great to read about (even Mallory made the story fun to read, and I hated her as a character) and had great underlying messages that would appeal to Sugg's audience. Overall, this was a really fun graphic novel that I would recommend picking up if you get the chance. Whilst it isn't innovative or particularly unique in any way, it is a fun book that will hopefully get more people reading graphic novels using Sugg's influence and name.