If you think being a teenager is hard, try being a teenager who is half human and half boat. That's right, Teen Boat, or TB, is half boat and can transform from a teenage boy into a yacht. As he puts it, "I've survived choppy waves, white squalls, and even a pirate hijacking! But none of those things compare to the tempest that is high school." He has always felt like an outsider due to his unique ability, but when he hears about the Orca's Cup boat race, he is sure this is the chance to make everyone notice him in a good way. Perhaps he can even win the heart of foreign exchange student, Nina Pinta Snata Maria, the girl of his dreams. Of course, things are never that simple in life (even in a graphic novel), so there are all sorts of complications - his best friend Joey joins another yacht's team, his principal is urging him to cheat, he's stuck with the bully of the school as his team captain for the race, and he finds out that the trophy cup could actually open a way to Boatlantis. Yes, the lost city of Boat civilization may be accessed by the winner of the Orca's Cup. Could this be the chance to save the day, win the fair maiden, and perhaps even learn about his own ancestry? A boat's gotta do what a boat's gotta do.
For readers who enjoy comic stories, turning teen angst on its head, and silly word plays on nautical terms, this is a book to make you laugh out loud.
I received an advance reader copy from the publisher for review purposes.