The Breakaways

The Breakaways

Quiet, sensitive Faith starts middle school already worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popular eighth grader, convinces her to join the school soccer team, the Bloodhounds. Having never played soccer in her life, Faith ends up on the C team, a ragtag group that?s way better at drama than at teamwork. Although they are awful at soccer, Faith and Quiet, sensitive Faith starts middle school already worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popul...

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Title:The Breakaways
Author:Cathy G. Johnson
Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:No Dogs Allowed
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Number of Pages:224 pages pages

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  • Renata
    Apr 08, 2019
    This was a very cute, diverse graphic novel, including a gentle trans coming out story. It reads a bit like an anthology--there are a lot of characters followed, and it doesn't necessarily feel like they all get their due, so I hope this is the start of a series. I think it'll be a goo...
  • Erin
    Sep 01, 2018
    Thanks for the galley, NetGalley! I enjoyed this one and loved the accepting attitudes of the middle schoolers in the story. I also liked that the girls in the story were still middle schoolers and teased each other, but were supportive of each other when it counted. It is one of the f...
  • Katelyn Patterson
    Feb 01, 2019
    A group of misfits thrust on to the girls soccer C team struggle with middle school and figuring out who they are. Eventually they embrace their dislike of soccer and discover that what they have actually found is each other. Diverse cast of girls with a great message of acceptance of ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 09, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Faith is very shy, but when she starts her new school, the popular Amanda asks her to be on the soccer team. As a fifth grader, she is excited to play with older students, but isn't pleased when she ends up on the "C" team. A lot of the girls are mean, but ...
  • Nori
    Apr 06, 2019
    If a Raina Telgemeier book and a Lumberjanes book got together and had a love child, it would look something like this. I read this in one sitting. It was sweet, but also believable. I guess my one complaint is that I wish it was longer and I had more time to get to know the characters...
  • Agh
    Mar 09, 2019
    I loved Faith immediately and loved how the story revealed pieces of the other characters one by bit. Middle school difficulty and realness with sweet moments of friendship and escapism, all sealed with expressive art. ...
  • Katie Lawrence
    Mar 15, 2019
    What I loved: - Great representation and diversity! - I loved the art style a great deal. Each character was distinct. - I love that this is a sports book about people who are not very good at it and also are not sure if they want to keep playing the sport. As a former soccer playe...
  • Theresa
    Oct 12, 2018
    I read an ARC from First Second via NetGalley. This was a fabulous middle grade graphic novel about a fifth grade girl named Faith who joins a soccer team with some older girls. Faith looks at the soccer team as an opportunity to meet people socially. She is on the C team and it has qu...
  • Chelsey
    Apr 30, 2019
    I kept checking to see if my copy had pages ripped out, I was so confused. ...
  • Heather Taake
    Apr 30, 2019
    Super cute book that I put in my ?sports? section, but it mostly just about how weird middle school is and how important it is to find your people. Soccer simply serves as a meeting point. ...
  • Dakota Morgan
    Apr 25, 2019
    The Breakaways starts off all over the place, but by the end, I found it thoroughly delightful. Faith is the 1A main character here, a newcomer to the Bloodhounds, a C-level middle school soccer team. The other members of the soccer team are, somewhat unexpectedly, the 1B main characte...
  • Liz
    Apr 15, 2019
    I really liked some aspects, but overall it was just kind of all over the place. ...
  • Samma
    Mar 21, 2019
    I gave this three stars,'s more like 2 and a half. The art itself is appealing and the story showed a lot of promise, but ultimately when I reached the end I felt kind of disappointed. The good: The art. LGBTQIA visability. Realistic portrayal of middle school. The characters...
  • Andrew
    Oct 07, 2018
    What a wonderful graphic novel! We get a look into the lives of various middle graders that are on the "worst" soccer team at school. What I adore most of all is the realistic portrayal of growing pains and appearances of the average middle schooler-- emotions are complicated, and this...
  • Alli
    Apr 20, 2019
    I love this beautiful and inclusive tale of middle school girls on a soccer team. The art is fun, the story is amazing. I could not put it down. ...
  • Gaby
    Nov 13, 2018
    Very cute! I loved the diversity and acceptance, plus Faith's uncertainty and desire to make friends is VERY relatable. ...
  • Andrea Labonte
    Apr 20, 2019
    Awesome book ...
  • Meghan Kavanaugh
    May 02, 2019
    Really cute teen graphic novel about inclusion, fitting in, and bad soccer. ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Jan 26, 2019
    This was one of the cutest middle grade graphic novels ever. It was so fluffy, and had so many heartwarming moments, and an incredibly diverse cast of characters! It follows this young girl, Faith, who's been convinced to join her school's soccer team by a popular girl she wants to imp...
  • Ashley Tenn
    May 03, 2019
    I think this might be one of my favorite books of all time. ...
  • Chadd Huizenga
    Mar 13, 2019
    A great book about accidental community, and how Jr. High is the worst. ...
  • Rod Brown
    May 01, 2019
    Too many characters, none of whom really like being on a soccer team together, each get too few pages to have much of a character arc, especially with way too many pages wasted on a completely pointless recurring fantasy sequence. Nice diversity at least. ...
  • Ms. Arca
    Dec 23, 2018
    This was so much fun! Thanks to the publisher, author, and Netgalley for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for an honest review. I loved this one. It was hilarious, relatable, sincere, and had such a great cast of characters. Our main character, Faith, loves to draw, has a loving an...
  • Mary Thomas
    Mar 23, 2019
    This one missed the mark for me- I think kids will like it, but for me it lacked a clear plot and the characters were sort of all over the place. I had a hard time following along. Nonetheless, I know kids will read and enjoy it! ...
  • Books on Stereo
    Mar 31, 2019
    Far too many characters with little to no payoff. ...
  • Larakaa
    Mar 09, 2019
    If you like "Lumberjanes" or "Backstagers" then this is for you! ...
  • Allison Wysong
    Apr 20, 2019
    A cute graphic novel with some very sweet representations of all kinds of people. Sometimes life is choosing to do what you really enjoy and I like that in the story. ...
  • Annie
    Feb 05, 2019
    The Breakaways is a sweet graphic novel about middle schooler Faith and how she navigates friendship and soccer. You can read my full review here, but this is the main breakdown of what I liked and didn't like: Likes: ? It's a sweet story about friendship, with relatable mi...
  • Ivy
    Jan 30, 2019
    This looks adorable, the art looks awesome, and I'm always on board for diverse all-ages graphic novels. ...
  • Bethany Hagenbuch
    Apr 27, 2019
    As a fellow soccer player, this book spoke to me. Girls soccer is as drama-filled as it gets. It reminded me of the book ?Tangerine? that is really popular among middle school kids. It touches on cliques and groups of girls that huddle together. I like the line in the summary th...