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Wandering Son by Shimura Takako
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Feb 07, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in February, 2011

one word review: gender

i found this graphic novel on the shelves of the library, drawn in by its illustrations, which i found beautiful and strangely haunting. the story is remarkable - a friendship between a boy and girl that each (unbeknownst to each other) identify more strongly with the other gender. the girl fully embraces dressing more like a boy with a short haircut and the boy struggles more with his feelings.

along the way, there are a couple other characters thrown into the mix and the school advances the issue by holding a sixth grade play where the boys play the girls and vice versa. this coming of age plot married with captivating drawings paint a complex story not often told.

i would given this book five stars, but it took me awhile to figure out the panels (my fault, since if you open it the western way, it gives you instructions to turn around. i did this automatically, but i couldn't figure out whether to read left or down first). also, there are some expressions and saying i just didn't get. what the heck is TMP??

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