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Skim by Mariko Tamaki
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Jun 06, 09

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bookshelves: 2009, 50books_poc, graphic, ya-book-group
Read in June, 2009

Another book that I'm so glad is out there for teens to read and relate to—It feels authentically, universally high school (though it's also so rooted in that that I don't think it speaks to much BEYOND that experience), with all those painful and awkward moments, and communicates very well what it feels like to be lost and confused and convinced that your feelings are the biggest thing in the whole world. That the protagonist is Asian, and not stick-skinny, and maybe gay makes it even more valuable. I found the illustrations, especially, to be powerful—there are some full-page, wordless ones that made me slow down and look and look and look. Not happy, as a whole, but maybe hopeful?

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