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Skim by Mariko Tamaki
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Jan 23, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, graphic-novel, glbt, teen
Read in January, 2011

This one ended up being pretty good after I got into it, after stopping once. The sort of dated feel o the art (set in 1993) just wasn't very appealing but the story is good- full of issues and ideas and symbolism and all that- and the art is good. The illustrations are expressive without too many lines, making the reading experience easy and pleasing. The shape of the main character's face is a little annoying- it somehow seems stereotypically based on Geishas or ethnic dolls or something but I would assume that that is intentional. The story has lots to talk about it in- depression, homosexuality, friendship, bullying- which is great but comes off feeling just the slightest bit contrived. Still, it's a good book and worthy of attention.

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