Peanut is about a girl who makes a very bad decision. Sadie is the girl. The bad decision? Lying about having a peanut allergy. Switching schools between freshman and sophomore year of high school is hard, after all. You're lost in a sea of people who all already know each other. Unless you find a way to stand out, like a potentially life-threatening allergy. Clearly, that'll help break the ice and make friends, right?
Sadie's deception goes about as well as you'd expect. What I didn't expect, though, was that I'd still be feeling for Sadie even while she's working so hard to lie to her new friends. I didn't quite get her reasoning behind the lie, intellectually or emotionally, but I do know (from my own past) that kids sometimes just do stupid things. Halliday just has a way of bonding you with Sadie once she's living with the consequences of her choice. I was definitely hoping she could find a way to end the lie and move forward without being totally humiliated. Hoppe's friendly, clean drawing style gives each character plenty of life. I'll be looking out for more of his work.