(Author: Brian Lee O’Malley) + (Year: 2009) + (Goodreads)
This volume felt more serious and kind of depressing in comparison to the others and I think the reason for that was the idea that things need to get worse before they get better. In a nutshell.
I also thought that here we saw more mature themes and more sexual innuendo than in the previous volumes and most of all, worse moments for both main characters. This was a defining volume for Ramona as a character and I really pitied her in the bedroom scene. Scott is always pitiful but in a comic and “make the best out of it” way, while the same does not apply to Ramona usually.
Nevertheless, I think volume 5 was focused less on the group of characters and more on setting the mindset for the final volume and especially, getting everyone in their places for the final stand.
That, obviously, meant many characters leaving and Scott ending up in a pretty bad situation, but that is also the charm of him as a character, he gets himself out of hard situations. Having mentioned that, there is not much more that I can add to this review, because I really saw the entire volume 5 as “setting the ducks in a row”, which might have taken something from the overall idea of the volume, but it arrived at the right places for the final book. Even the villains were setting ground for the one big ex, Gideon, whose appearance I was really looking forward to and we finally almost approached.