Virtually Yours is a fun story about dating in this modern life that takes dating apps to a whole new level. Just like Gary and Wyatt did in Weird Science by creating Lisa, in this story’s world we are introduced to an app that lets you “non-date”, which is great for the main character as she can use this app to appease her parents while she goes on living and building her life. So if you’re looking for a fun rom-com of a graphic novel with a luxuriant twist set in the big city, this is worth your time.
From the cover you are introduced to Eva Estrella and Max Kittridge, who have no past connections but luckily they will take a journey that leads them to happiness. The graphic novel opens and introduces you to Eva and her family; from this, we can see that Eva has a supportive father and sister but her mom is very overbearing, telling her to “grow up” by getting a job and finding someone. That’s not to paint the mom as a totally irksome character, as she does remind Eva that while her family helps they won’t always be there. Then we move onto Max’s introduction and from the start he is a comic book fan — take a look at his nightstand and you should be able to see some nice Easter eggs.
Max’s story is a sad one filled with relationship problems. As the story progresses, you find out that it isn’t just the relationship with his ex-wife, but also with his family as Max was a childhood star. Now both Eva and Max are on the hunt for employment and luckily through friends Eva gets a job at a magazine and Max is able to get a job at Virtually Yours dating app. Max is starting to get his bearings and go out more which helps him to meet Eva. Meanwhile, Eva has help from her sister who signs Eva up on the app as “Andy.” Eva is really enjoying the app as it helps her with the column she has to write at her new magazine job, and she really connects with a person on the app named “Adam.”
Now, the twist is “Andy” has made a great connection with “Adam” and in real life Eva and Max have become great friends…so the twist? Max is “Adam.” The twist on this really reminds me of You’ve Got Mail as two people in real life have their encounters while digitally they have something else. I would’ve liked to see more drama when it came to the reveal about the two having a “digital” relationship, but the book did a great job with character building.
The art is very clean and sharp with some fantastic city scenes; whenever the scene is inside a location or on the city streets there is so much to take it and it is awesome.
Virtually Yours is an interesting modern take on digital apps and dating. Great character building and fantastic art create a real atmosphere. Rom-com tropes are present, but with a unique twist.
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