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
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
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
Lo primero que tengo que destacar es el dibujo de la autora, me ha apasionado. Y sobretodo, los colores que utiliza.
Y bueno, hablemos de que es una autobiografía de la autora y que eso, a la hora de leerlo, lo hace aún mucho más duro, porque sabes que ella ha pasado por todo eso.
Sí, el tema principal es el patinaje sobre hielo (digamos mejor que es el eje de la historia, pero en sí no trata sobre patinaje...), pero no es lo único que la autora toca en este libro. Lo ...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
Specifically, this is about the 12 years Walden spent in the competitive figu ...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
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
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
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
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
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
I've considered myself to be in the youngest generation of queer people for some time now, but Walden is almost ten years younger than me, and her perspective is subtly different from my own. She had a lot more information ...more
Spinning is the only book by Tillie Walden I have read and I will say that it won't be my last. I didn't expect this book to be as deep and gut-wrenching as it was but it really affected me. I'm astonished at how much Walden was able to cram into her childhood - attending skating classes very early in the morning (meaning she had to wake up at 4am) and after school must have been exhausting. I'm surprised she never burnt herself out! I think Walden ...more
Tillie Walden, classe '96, in questo fumetto disegna la sua vita, da poco più che bambina fino all'adolescenza.
E se a primo impatto Trottole può sembrare un memoir su una ragazza e la sua passione per il pattinaggio vi sbagliate di grosso. Tillie parla della sua vita a 360 gradi e lo fa senza edulcorare nulla.
Parla delle difficoltà nel fare coming out, dei problemi a socializzare e a relazionarsi con la madre, ...more