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Tina's Mouth by Keshni Kashyap
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Jun 09, 2012

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This one's got definite appeal to teens (and beyond!) who like their graphic novels about love, life, and growing up with a nice existential bent.

Tina, who is in 10th grade, just got into a fight with her best friend Alex. Their friendship is in tatters, and Tina doesn't really know how to move on. It's made even harder since Alex's so easily slipped into the popular girl role. Then there's Neil, the boy she has a fierce crush on, but with whom she doesn't think she has a chance. Over the course of the story, which is set up as a project for Tina's class on existentialism, Tina figures out who she is, what she likes to do, and who her true friends are.

I liked the infusion of Indian culture in this one. Though the spare art works, the narrative definite outshines the graphic elements. There's a nice balance of philosophy and high school romanticism about intellectualism, and it never overwhelms Tina's voice and her own personal angst.

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