Hot Best Seller

Satan's Prep: A Graphic Novel

Availability: Ready to download

Seventeen-year-old Trevor Loomis's high school is literally Hell. In an unfortunate theological snafu, Trevor finds himself at Satan's Prep in the bowels of Hell after he dies chocking on a Cheesy Crisp. At Satan's Prep, Trevor is forced through Nine Class Periods of Hell, a take on the classic Circles of Hell. From First Period (homeroom, where students' names are mispron Seventeen-year-old Trevor Loomis's high school is literally Hell. In an unfortunate theological snafu, Trevor finds himself at Satan's Prep in the bowels of Hell after he dies chocking on a Cheesy Crisp. At Satan's Prep, Trevor is forced through Nine Class Periods of Hell, a take on the classic Circles of Hell. From First Period (homeroom, where students' names are mispronounced a billion ways) to Ninth Period (an assembly, where students stand under spotlights and make speeches in their underwear), Trevor just wants to pass the semester with a 61 percent humanity level and transfer to Purgatory. But when Persephone Plumm shows up at Satan's Prep, Trevor starts to think that maybe Hell isn't so bad after all. But could Trevor's best friend Steve be right could Persephone be a succubus? Will Trevor ever be able to transfer out of Satan's Prep and now that Persephone has arrived, will he even want to? Gabe Guarente's Satan's Prep is a clever, engrossing graphic novel for young adults about the classic struggle through adolescence seen in a new way high school as Hell! Trevor and his band of misfit classmates are relatable and funny, and this book is sure to impress both devoted graphic novel fans and teens new to the genre.


Compare

Seventeen-year-old Trevor Loomis's high school is literally Hell. In an unfortunate theological snafu, Trevor finds himself at Satan's Prep in the bowels of Hell after he dies chocking on a Cheesy Crisp. At Satan's Prep, Trevor is forced through Nine Class Periods of Hell, a take on the classic Circles of Hell. From First Period (homeroom, where students' names are mispron Seventeen-year-old Trevor Loomis's high school is literally Hell. In an unfortunate theological snafu, Trevor finds himself at Satan's Prep in the bowels of Hell after he dies chocking on a Cheesy Crisp. At Satan's Prep, Trevor is forced through Nine Class Periods of Hell, a take on the classic Circles of Hell. From First Period (homeroom, where students' names are mispronounced a billion ways) to Ninth Period (an assembly, where students stand under spotlights and make speeches in their underwear), Trevor just wants to pass the semester with a 61 percent humanity level and transfer to Purgatory. But when Persephone Plumm shows up at Satan's Prep, Trevor starts to think that maybe Hell isn't so bad after all. But could Trevor's best friend Steve be right could Persephone be a succubus? Will Trevor ever be able to transfer out of Satan's Prep and now that Persephone has arrived, will he even want to? Gabe Guarente's Satan's Prep is a clever, engrossing graphic novel for young adults about the classic struggle through adolescence seen in a new way high school as Hell! Trevor and his band of misfit classmates are relatable and funny, and this book is sure to impress both devoted graphic novel fans and teens new to the genre.

30 review for Satan's Prep: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I was in my local library looking at the graphic novels. This one caught my eye because it appeared to be a stand alone story, which I like. I also thought the title was intriguing and the cover interesting. So I took it home with me. The story had some very clever parts. Trevor's deadpan reaction to his ongoing torture made him more interesting. He takes everything in stride. If nothing bother's you, is it really torture? Bits and pieces of the story were good, but overall, it just left me feeli I was in my local library looking at the graphic novels. This one caught my eye because it appeared to be a stand alone story, which I like. I also thought the title was intriguing and the cover interesting. So I took it home with me. The story had some very clever parts. Trevor's deadpan reaction to his ongoing torture made him more interesting. He takes everything in stride. If nothing bother's you, is it really torture? Bits and pieces of the story were good, but overall, it just left me feeling meh. The idea had a lot of potential that it didn't live up to. Maybe the story could be reworked?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    High school is hell. Especially for the quiet kids who don't want to make too much of a fuss, and who just want to get through it. There's all kinds of land mines, from bullies to ignorant teachers. And that's just on this side. Actual high school hell is multiplying that by 1000. Though I never did have a problem with Dodge Ball. It gets a bad rap in almost every book about high school that I read. I was bullied badly, and I loved Dodge Ball. AND I was super unathletic and never did manage to hit High school is hell. Especially for the quiet kids who don't want to make too much of a fuss, and who just want to get through it. There's all kinds of land mines, from bullies to ignorant teachers. And that's just on this side. Actual high school hell is multiplying that by 1000. Though I never did have a problem with Dodge Ball. It gets a bad rap in almost every book about high school that I read. I was bullied badly, and I loved Dodge Ball. AND I was super unathletic and never did manage to hit anyone when I threw it back. It was every other part of P.E. I hated. Go figure. Er, so, now that I've gotten my personal business out of the way. I really liked this comic. Not as much as I thought I would, though. The cover was what intrigued me and made me take a second look. I'm hoping this will be a series, because I can see this becoming a really fantastic, well fleshed out series. As it was, none of the characters had any real depth. Not even Trevor. Or was it Travis? He's the main guy, and we barely know anything about him other than that he tends to be a quitter. I want to know more, and I want to know about his family. I definitely want more information on Persephone, who has the honor of having one of my favorite names of all time. Apparently she is the spawn of Satan, and that is literally, not just what we call our teenagers. Though her name doesn't really work with the set up. He uses a bus to cross the River Styx (so clever, I loved that bit), the principal/guardian of the school is Cerberus. So, Persephone should be...not a teenager? Or if she is a teenager, she should have a boyfriend who turns out to be...well, I can't think of a good metaphor. Maybe Cerberus should've been VP, and Persephone's boyfriend was the...but then you get into weird pedo territory, so maybe not. I don't know. All I'm saying is, need more data to compute. And if more data is forthcoming, I will be ready to read it. I really did like this set up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    So Much More Than I Even Hoped O.K. High School is Hell. I get it. But, does it work? In this book? Yes. Sometimes a graphic novel can have an incomprehensible plot or inane writing and still get by just with the drawing. Sometimes the graphic part is lame or just a little too stylized or idiosyncratic, but the story carries you through. A book that recreates high school as a term in Hell really needs both, it seems to me, to get over the "been there, done that" hump. This book scores high marks o So Much More Than I Even Hoped O.K. High School is Hell. I get it. But, does it work? In this book? Yes. Sometimes a graphic novel can have an incomprehensible plot or inane writing and still get by just with the drawing. Sometimes the graphic part is lame or just a little too stylized or idiosyncratic, but the story carries you through. A book that recreates high school as a term in Hell really needs both, it seems to me, to get over the "been there, done that" hump. This book scores high marks on both ends. Trevor electrocutes himself fooling with a cheesey amp and the next thing he knows he's on a school bus to Saint Lucifer's Academy for the Hopeless and Damned, (Satan's Prep). It's the first day at a new school, with a literal hellish twist. Trevor is a fine protagonist. He's a regular guy with regular guy issues. He's not as mopey or loserish as he thinks he is and he's decent company on this tour through Hell. We mostly follow the action through his interior monologue which is presented as a voiceover, and that works to keep the tale moving. We have bullies, psycho teachers, sadistic administrators, (vice-principle Cerberus), lame fellow students, and a budding love interest. These all get a nice spin as they are translated into their hellish equivalents, (jock bullies are demons, that sort of thing). All of this is rounded out with a lot of gags, puns, and witty throwaway lines that take advantage of the premise, (see you at the angst rally). The author doesn't belabor the obvious and has some nice twists and surprises for the reader. (When they do dissections in biology class the students dissect each other.) And there's even a romance that is charming and credible, as well as convincing , which is quite an accomplishment in this kind of book. In fact, the female lead, Persephone, (whose role grows as the book progresses), becomes a strong yet vulnerable kick butt heroine. The drawing is top drawer on a couple of levels. The overall feel of Satan's Prep is decrepit and grey. There are lots of full page scenes that really sell the setting. It looks like the photos you see of abandoned psychiatric hospitals and the like, and the general impression is one of grim decay. Sprinkled in rather generously are lots of clever sight gags, inside jokes, and throwaway bits. So, even while you follow the main story you have to look closely for things like the notices on the bulletin boards, the pep rally banners, and that sort of thing. This provides lots of opportunities for mocking high school life, (and books about high school life), and adds additional depth to the project. The upshot is that this novel takes great advantage of the graphic book possibilities to offer an entertaining story and a few high school chuckles. It even offers a few "trust yourself" inspirational moments. Wow. That's not a bad combination. And, remember to keep your SPA up, (soul point average). Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Gargoyle

    Full review at: http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (August 4, 2014) I received a digital copy of this title for review from the publisher via Edelweiss. Ten Second Synopsis: After a clerical error sends Trevor Loomis to the high school from Hell, he must decide whether to keep his head down and toil on to the bitter end or start some trouble and risk hell's wrath. This book really is confirmation that school, no matter where in the greater frame of reality it exists, can sometimes be hell. Thi Full review at: http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (August 4, 2014) I received a digital copy of this title for review from the publisher via Edelweiss. Ten Second Synopsis: After a clerical error sends Trevor Loomis to the high school from Hell, he must decide whether to keep his head down and toil on to the bitter end or start some trouble and risk hell's wrath. This book really is confirmation that school, no matter where in the greater frame of reality it exists, can sometimes be hell. This is a funny, fast-paced take on all the staples of school life that reek of horror and suffering including, but not limited to, icky science experiments, rejection by cliques with varying degrees of unsightliness, and dodgeball. You can’t help but feel sorry for Trevor as he ploughs on through adversity, trying to make the best out of a bad business, while simultaneously minding his own. Some of the characterisations are quite clever and nicely reflect the bureaucracy and red-tape for that is present for those still living. There’s even a feel-good ending that was quite unexpected and tied up the loose ends in a very satisfying fashion. This is going to be a hit with readers in the young adult age bracket. It’s the kind of story that places a well-worn plot into a setting that has great mileage for putting quirky new twists on a familiar theme. Trevor is also a very relateable anti-hero and will no doubt become the poster boy for those who just want to get through school with a minimum of fuss – demonic or otherwise.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    **Received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** This graphic novel was absolutely outstanding for me. From the artwork, to the story line to the characters...pure gold. This graphic novel follows Trevor, after he is killed from a shortage in cheap amp, at Satan's Prep. Satan's Prep is basically a high school teenagers that should be going to hell but they go there to try and shape up to see if their souls can be saved. Simple put, it's a school for lost souls. Trevor was an aw **Received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** This graphic novel was absolutely outstanding for me. From the artwork, to the story line to the characters...pure gold. This graphic novel follows Trevor, after he is killed from a shortage in cheap amp, at Satan's Prep. Satan's Prep is basically a high school teenagers that should be going to hell but they go there to try and shape up to see if their souls can be saved. Simple put, it's a school for lost souls. Trevor was an awesome male protagonist. Despite his cowardice ways he somehow became strong, witty and very sarcastic. He disobeyed the rules because of a clerical error that landed him in Satan's Prep instead of purgatory. The love interest Persephone Plumm seems very strange at first, but as the story progresses on I find that despite who she really is she tries her best to make a friendship with Trevor which eventually turns into so much more. I totally love the idea of a high school in Hell. The science class was absolutely hilarious. Having to literally be dissected looked cool. The gym scene was definitely PRICELESS. As for the artwork -- amazing! The details, the colors, the depiction of each character...done profoundly. I totally enjoyed this graphic novel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    Hilarious. Even dead, the eyerolls.....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Woods

    OH. MY. JEBUS. I LOVE THIS! This was the first graphic novel I have ever read, and I AM SO HAPPY! It was BEYOND sick and twisted, the pictures, the events that happened. Literally I had to stop and think 'is this really in this book?!', and 'could someone write something that is really as sick as my own mind?!' If you're not easily offended, and you love really dark twisted things you will love this! The main character was hilarious, maybe a bit stereotypical but it was perfect. Sure there was no r OH. MY. JEBUS. I LOVE THIS! This was the first graphic novel I have ever read, and I AM SO HAPPY! It was BEYOND sick and twisted, the pictures, the events that happened. Literally I had to stop and think 'is this really in this book?!', and 'could someone write something that is really as sick as my own mind?!' If you're not easily offended, and you love really dark twisted things you will love this! The main character was hilarious, maybe a bit stereotypical but it was perfect. Sure there was no real solid story line, it definitely seemed like the opening chapter of a regular book, but it was still just perfect! I literally just... can't even. When I got this off bookoutlet super cheap I had no expectations for this! The artwork is so gritty, so amazing, very horrific, detailed, wonderful colors. The story sucks you in right away, an eternal life in a school of hell? The love interest seemed shallow, but for a graphic novel I don't think it should really be that in depth as a regular novel. I can't believe I got this lucky to read this as the first one ever. Please tell me there will be another one! My favorite part was the very last page, finding out who she was!!! THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING AFTER THIS. I have to see what happens to them! It seems so farfetched and unrealistic but I'm just fangirling.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Quite a gory look at what hell in high school can really be... lol

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Monster High’s Newest School Rival: Satan’s Prep. As someone who equates their high school experience as a ‘living hell,’ my interest was piqued at reading through Trevor’s actual experience in hell. I think I gleefully enjoyed this book because having to repeat high school when you’re dead---could be all types of hell for someone. Trevor’s situation is apparently due to a clerical error, and he must try to find a way to survive this insane school until his case is resolved---or even considered. Monster High’s Newest School Rival: Satan’s Prep. As someone who equates their high school experience as a ‘living hell,’ my interest was piqued at reading through Trevor’s actual experience in hell. I think I gleefully enjoyed this book because having to repeat high school when you’re dead---could be all types of hell for someone. Trevor’s situation is apparently due to a clerical error, and he must try to find a way to survive this insane school until his case is resolved---or even considered. Guarente & Fox create a fun high school read that is your classic coming of age story. Fox’s art has not cute edges and there’s literal blood dripping off the pages, which would make classic horror fans proud. The visualization reminds me of Tim Burton coming-of-age movie, or a creepy Alfred Hitchcock---or when vampires use to be all demony---and less cute. A fun quick read for any teen into horror, punk/goth, or just wanting something outside their normal read. If you are concerned about your eternal soul, maybe a little religious-zealot fans, this book is no worse than seeing the movie: Little Nicky. Appeal Characteristics: horror, demons, horror, bullies, mythological creatures, crushes, good-evil, purgatory, humor, not-for-the-faint-of-ya-heart,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill Bruno

    I'm almost inclined to just write "John Hughes meets Dante's Inferno" and leave it at that. Satan's Prep is the story of the afterlife of Trevor Loomis, a profoundly disaffected teenage who finds himself in the juvenile population of Hell after an accident, attending a school known as Satan's Prep. The bullies are demons as are the staff (and having Cerberus as the principal is a nice touch) and Loomis is harassed by both, with the one bright spot is a female student with the name of Persephone I'm almost inclined to just write "John Hughes meets Dante's Inferno" and leave it at that. Satan's Prep is the story of the afterlife of Trevor Loomis, a profoundly disaffected teenage who finds himself in the juvenile population of Hell after an accident, attending a school known as Satan's Prep. The bullies are demons as are the staff (and having Cerberus as the principal is a nice touch) and Loomis is harassed by both, with the one bright spot is a female student with the name of Persephone Plum. The story itself is a fairly ordinary one of a high school nebbish seeking redemption in the face of that harassment. The characterization of Loomis is okay, with the plot eventually revealing the less redeeming parts of his character that got him sent to what perhaps could've been called "Juvenile Hell". However, the only real add to setting this in Hell rather than an earthly high school is you can justify more gore and having actual demons and that isn't really enough. The illustrations do give a good sense of dankness and despair and could've been any inner city high school. The lettering, on the other hand, seems designed to encourage people to use a magnifying glass it is so small.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marc Gerstein

    It had potential; an interesting light-hearted take on the Dante's Inferno theme, but I thought the author was careless in presenting it, perhaps figuring the graphic novel audience is light on IQ (I have no idea if that's true or not) and that he need not develop his concept with the care most authors good enough to get published would devote to even an ordinary novel. But what really makes me wonder about author assumptions re: reader IQ was the font size of the text. Even with reading glasses It had potential; an interesting light-hearted take on the Dante's Inferno theme, but I thought the author was careless in presenting it, perhaps figuring the graphic novel audience is light on IQ (I have no idea if that's true or not) and that he need not develop his concept with the care most authors good enough to get published would devote to even an ordinary novel. But what really makes me wonder about author assumptions re: reader IQ was the font size of the text. Even with reading glasses and strong from-over-the-shoulder lighting, I had to squint and angle the book this way and that to make out anything at all. I get it that I'm not in the target audience (I read it for a book club), that I'm at the age where the eyes aren't what they used to be, and I understand that the words aren't necessarily the prime drivers of graphic novels. But I looked at a bunch the other day in B&N and it seems clear that in Satan's Prep, the fonts are way smaller even than the typical horror-violence-etc. themed graphic novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Dehoff

    The protagonist, Trevor, dies from electrocution by a cheap guitar amplifier, and ends up in high school in Hell. It's not really all that different from regular high school, except the bullying jocks are demons, Cerberus is the principal, sex ed videos feature your parents, and being cooked and eaten alive (okay, not quite ALIVE, but you know what I mean) is a viable punishment. I thought of the recent Simpsons Halloween segment where Bart finds out that he's much better at school in Hell, but The protagonist, Trevor, dies from electrocution by a cheap guitar amplifier, and ends up in high school in Hell. It's not really all that different from regular high school, except the bullying jocks are demons, Cerberus is the principal, sex ed videos feature your parents, and being cooked and eaten alive (okay, not quite ALIVE, but you know what I mean) is a viable punishment. I thought of the recent Simpsons Halloween segment where Bart finds out that he's much better at school in Hell, but this book came out before that episode aired. I found it clever and the artwork appropriately gross, but I'm not quite sure about the ending. I mean, it was a resolution of sorts, but kind of depressing when you think about it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    For most people high school was hell on earth, unfortunately for Trevor Loomis he attends Satan's Prep IN HELL! After an untimely death and a cataloging error he finds himself in the bowels of hell attending a school where the jocks are really demons, torture is an everyday occurrence, and there is no hope. As bad as it sounds, Trevor finds it fairly easy to adapt since in his mind it wasn't all that different from high school on earth. He passes what seems like an eternity going through the mot For most people high school was hell on earth, unfortunately for Trevor Loomis he attends Satan's Prep IN HELL! After an untimely death and a cataloging error he finds himself in the bowels of hell attending a school where the jocks are really demons, torture is an everyday occurrence, and there is no hope. As bad as it sounds, Trevor finds it fairly easy to adapt since in his mind it wasn't all that different from high school on earth. He passes what seems like an eternity going through the motions, attending class, and putting up with abuse until he sees the girl of his dreams. Is she a mirage or will she turn out to be nothing more than a succubus or a mirage? All Trevor knows is that school just got a hell of a lot more interesting. High school students will eat this up!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    I get a kick out of books set in Hell especially if they pay homage to Dante's version but this graphic did nothing for me. First the jacket recommends the book for 12+ and I highly disagree with that as I found it vulgar and violent. I read some pretty violent graphic novels so I'm not weak-stomasched but this was overly graphic for the sake of humour and honestly in bad-taste. I didn't find it funny, nor like the characters. The art was done by different artists throughout thus changed and nev I get a kick out of books set in Hell especially if they pay homage to Dante's version but this graphic did nothing for me. First the jacket recommends the book for 12+ and I highly disagree with that as I found it vulgar and violent. I read some pretty violent graphic novels so I'm not weak-stomasched but this was overly graphic for the sake of humour and honestly in bad-taste. I didn't find it funny, nor like the characters. The art was done by different artists throughout thus changed and never was very good. As for allhe highschool hijinx involving bullying and torture, it was surprisingly boring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dolores

    3 1/2 stars. After Trevor kills himself with a wonky amp, he finds himself attending high school in Hell. Not that different from his last high school, really--he muses. Of course, the principal is Cerberus and you don't even want to know about detention--or dissection day. It took me a while to shut off my gag reflex, but once I did I enjoyed this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily Condon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So it's a take on dantes inferno... Yet it is a completely typical high school nerd story, who gets the girl and becomes a hero with the twist of it being set in hell. Some funny lines and good art work but no it was not something I can say I enjoyed for more than a few minutes

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Withem

    I went into reading this thinking it would be no big deal. Man was I wrong. This book is great.I can remember how hard high School was, but hell high school is nuts. I thought the ending was a great twist . It left me wanting to read more.It is a quick read but worth it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin Boyington

    Kind of ugly and gross, without much purpose - all of the suffering for its own sake makes me think of gory novels like 'The Maze Runner', and I don't care much for bleak nihilism. I don't think I'll seek out the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Is Azathoth

    Strictly Laugh-out-loud hilarious, delightfully illustrated, cute plotting--of course it helps if you've a skewed sense of humor--or if you're an adolescent with a keen appreciation of the downside of school. For everyone who's ever lamented, "High school is hell," here's your validation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    i love this boo is so cool

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Funny and wonderfully drawn!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Mahoney

    A mixture of Dante's Inferno and the Breakfast club. If that sounds interesting to you, read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The story was pretty funny, but the artwork is really what made this story shine. It was beautifully drawn and added another comedic (and grotesque) layer to the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    http://www.pussreboots.pair.com/blog/...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Love book

  26. 4 out of 5

    dennis

    was going to rate it a solid 2, but the very end bumped it to a 3. wonder if there's a part 2 planned? doesn't need it, but curious nonetheless

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    The art was really stiff and it looked like they just painted over some puppet rigs. The story was ok but the art really distracted me from enjoying how the comic could've been.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I didn't hate it. I didn't like it. It was just okay.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    A little funny at times, but disappointingly just a typical heteronormative high school boy seeks girl drama dressed up in horror movie clothes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Gross, gory, and geeky. A good quick read.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.