Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.
She was good. She won. And she hated it.
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden’s life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice a...more
What you get out of it will depend heavily on what you've experienced in life, though, so really, any reader would benefit from having someone to talk to about it. The fact that it's the story of a real, lived experience means that it's well-suited as a springboard for a group of people to get together and share their perspectives about life in general.(less)
Sports books are not necessarily rare, but those with figure skating and synchronized skating? And a graphic memoir at that? With LGBT themes?
It was gorgeous. The author may only be twenty-one (and I believe she started this book when she was a bit younger), but she’s got talent to behold and admire.
Not only that, but the melancholy atmosphere fitted the main character, AKA the author, entirely. It follows Tillie from age ten to age eighteen. Her experien ...more
I didn't realize this was a memoir until literally the second I was about to start it, so upon adjusting my expectations, I think this felt a bit flat for me. I know it's a memoir so it's discussing the author's journey with her career in skating, but it felt a bit monotone and I was struggling to grasp its purpose. Maybe it lacked enough of a resolution, but although I liked the art and the story fine, it didn't really grab me or connect with me.
Tillie also told her coming out story and what that was like. I think she was 14. It feels very honest in the retelling ...more
Spinning offers such an insightful, though clearly somewhat traumatized take on what it's like to grow up as a kid who's all-in obsessed with a particular sport, hobby, etc. It's clear that Walden holds a lot ...more
Tillie Walden is only 21 (!!!!) and she crafted this book with such bravery and honesty. I wouldn't necessarily say it follows a traditional story arc, but the memoir is ...more
I can't believe how accomplished and mature this feels. It's a whole package. Gorgeous production, brilliant use of color, breathtaking composition...
AND THE STORY!
I (like many, at least when the Olympics are on) enjoy watching figure skating, but don't know much about it as a subculture. On the other hand, when I was growing up, I was a synchronized swimmer for many years, so I to ...more
Specifically, this is about the 12 years Walden spent in the competitive figu ...more
This graphic novel was anything BUT what I expected it to be. I expected something lighthearted and full of fluff but it’s definitely no that.
Spinning tells the story of a young girl named Tillie who has been figure skating since she was little. Her story is one filled with loneliness even when surrounded by dozens of girls, which is kind of the lesbian experience when one is very young. She’s not the most lik ...more
I think that’s why the first word that comes to mind after finishing it is “raw”. Walden’s wounds from her too-many years in competitive skating, the bullying she endured, the sexual assault, car crash and the rea ...more
It seems as if Walden has overcome a lot in her young life, but because of her delivery (or perhaps lack thereof) I wasn't able to get the full impact or be affected by it. We spend a lot of time on trivial matters/subject ...more
Figure skating is my fave Winter Olympics sport, and I tend to enjoy sports themed stories, so there is much about this book that I liked. The art wonderfully evokes the feel of the themes discussed, and I enjoyed all the skating stuff. This is targeted at a young adult audience, and t ...more
These are the words that open up the book, set in a white rectangular text box (used for narration) amidst a deep purplish blue background, the wall of a building, most likely an interior wall, but in this stunning two-tone opening page (three? white, yellow, purple-blue), the windows have a mirrorish quality so that it looks like Tillie (the Tillie who is the narrator and protagonist of this memoir) could be walking in or ou ...more
I really liked this story. It was a very personal tale and one that really made me ache for the best for Tillie. I didn’t know going into it that it is a graphic memoir, and so that was a pleasant surprise.
My main qualm with this story was the pacing. I didn’t get enough time in any one event of Tillie’s life, and we moved onto the next part of her story sometimes after only like 2 frames had been spent on some ...more
Although Spinning touches on many issues—the isolating and exhausting life of a child athlete; non-demonstrative parents; the push for perfection; coming out as a lesbian; the heartbreak of ...more
This graphic novel is a memoir of Tillie Walden herself. During the reading experience you can feel how intimate what you're reading is, the author truly poured her heart out into this project and it definitely shows. The storyline is about coming out, growing up and leaving behind things that we know like the back of our hand but that don't make us happy anymore. So in the end it's for our own best that we decide to leave them. I would have liked to know more about Walden's life afte ...more
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I have always lik ...more