Friday, August 10, 2012

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Gillian Tamaki

This is a real gem of a graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki and with wonderful illustrations by her cousin Gillian Tamaki. Skim is the tale of a teenage girl coming of age in the 90s and exploring Wicca, Shakespeare and First love. Kimberley Keiko Cameron aka Skim is lonely and often bullied at her all-girl school. When a fellow student’s ex-boyfriend commits suicide the girls are encouraged by teachers and counsellors to explore and express their grief. Skim and her best friend Lisa are at first mocking of all this sharing and confiding but soon Skim finds that it can help to talk to someone who understands you. This is a really beautiful coming of age tale which I would recommend to fans of Persepolis.

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