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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,190 ratings  ·  511 reviews
Good friends help you go with the flow.
Best friends help you start a revolution.


Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen.

Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs―or worse, squirms―at the thought of a menstruation revolut
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by First Second
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Cristina Monica
This graphic novel is pretty close to perfect. Scratch that - It IS perfect.

We meet three best friends – Abby, Brit and Christine – who welcome the new girl – Sasha – into their group and develop a beautiful and strong friendship. These girls help each other and discuss topics deemed personal, more specifically menstruation, which is considered ‘‘taboo’’ in some places.

When the girls discover that their school does not provide teenage girls with free pads or tampons and doesn’t even stock the di
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Betsy
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The nice thing about children’s literature is that it often replicates, on a smaller scale, themes and topics that you’ve find in more mature fare. Take, if you will, the protest novel. Which is to say, a novel in which the kids in the book decide to take a stand against an injustice. Examples that come immediately to mind vary from the fluffy (Frindle and The Homework Strike) to slightly more serious topics ( The Day They Came to Arrest the Book). For a long time that was pretty much as far as ...more
Lukas Holmes
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well that was just terrific. As a father of two girls who haven't had their periods yet, after I finished his I thought "I can't wait to share it with them!" so they won't be so mystified and scared. But then I realized, besides them, I have to share this with my son so he won't be a confused, rude idiot like I was in middle/high school.

The characters are so terrific you not only really respond to the story itself and the subject matter, like Sasha, you want to know 'What's next?!'.

I also real
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Bel
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, beautiful, important, relevant graphic novel which is centered around menstruation, an often taboo subject. It is both approachable and grounded, and the author and illustrator have created a story that covers not only what it’s like to be a teenage girl but also manages to be utterly inclusive and diverse in equal and perfect measure.

This book has the potential to become one of “those” books - one of the ones that *every* girl reads as a right of passage and boys read in order to
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Laura
A cute graphic novel about bonding around periods in high school.

And how tampons and pads are not free, and should be.

And why it is a human right issue.

And thought that sounds kind of heavy for a cute, funny graphic novel, it is also a serious issue.

The authors said they wrote the novel they would have liked to have had when they were growing up.

And if nothing else, it is a good conversation starter, and there is a lot of interesting information about periods in there.

Elizabeth A
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-ya, 2020, graphix
Periods are a fact of life for about half the world's population, and yet there is still shame, and secrecy, and lots of other BS surrounding this natural cycle. This lovely graphic novel addresses these themes head on. I appreciated the direct approach taken, and loved how these girls were friends first and everything else second. We need more stories like these. There's nothing wrong or shameful about female bodies and their functions. Highly recommended for tween/teen girls and boys.
Kales
I am so happy this book exists. I wish it was something I had when I was younger. This is a great book for preteens, teens, and adults. It is educational and entertaining.

There is a diverse group of friends in this book that everyone can find something to relate to. They are such a wonderful example of female friendships. It's healthy and understanding. They go through trials. There is such a great example of communication and forgiveness, I just want to force it into everyone's hands. It's how
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Erin Cataldi
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I wish I had this graphic novel when I was younger! It's not just about periods; it's about activism, friendship, and bullying. Three teenagers take a new kid under their wing after she gets her period at school and all her classmates start taunting her and calling her Bloody Mary because it went through her pants. The four of them quickly become close and realize how unfair it is that the pad machine is never stocked AND it costs money. They decide they want to try and change that but they don' ...more
Brittany
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
This is the book I needed in middle school and high school and I’m so excited to have found this title! So many people will benefit from this. Young and old.

The art work was very smooth and streamline, it flowed perfect with the story and portrayed emotions and situations in a way that made me feel them too! I learned somethings I didn’t know, and I plan to buy a copy to add to my collection.

I’m proud of the authors for creating such a monumental and inspiring book!

Thank you #Netgalley for thi
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Rakisha
Go with the Flow is a delightful graphic novel about four best friends experiences during their second year of high school. They deal with crushes, artistic inspirations, trig, questioning their sexuality, being the new kid, menstruation and endometriosis. When one the new girl, Sasha, unexpectedly gets her period, a trio of girls--Brit, Christine, Abby--come to her rescue. Upon discovering that the girls' bathrooms has empty pad and tampon dispensers (again!), Abby starts a crusade to end the s ...more
Samantha Jean
I loved this book. It touches on so many important topics for us ladies. It tackles not only the difficulty of having your period (which is its own thing) but also navigating through high school. Navigating your own friendships.

Period stigma is crazy. So many women have periods and it doesn't make sense that we're taxed for it. It doesn't make sense that they aren't free and available in schools for all students. I for one can't wait to galvanize my girls, and make sure they understand that thi
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Dani
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Go with the Flow is a fun, feminist narrative paired with a friendship story, all delivered in a colourful and thoughtfully created graphic novel. This one will be great to put into the hands of young menstruaters so that they can learn to see their bodies (and others') without shame. The friendship element of the story was equally as strong as the feminist message. While each member of the foursome represents a different facet of young-womanhood, anyone who has been the new kid at a school will ...more
Maia
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, comics
This is a sweet, information-rich graphic novel about friendship, menstrual health, and student activism. Christine is a lanky goofball crushing on her best friend. Abby is an art student who burns to make the world a better place. Brit is a Jane Austen fan and a good student who keeps having to miss school due to horrible cramps. She worries there's something seriously wrong with her, but hasn't been diagnosed. Sasha is a new student who might never live down bleeding through her pants in her f ...more
Alexandra
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Work perk: Got to read an early edition of GO WITH THE FLOW and all I can say is it is fantastic. I wish it was a book I'd had growing up and the friendships in this one are some of the best I've seen in YA. Feminists, LGBTQ community, diversity advocates - put this on your radar for Winter 2020. You'll love it!
Beth Heltebridle
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A youth graphic novel about period equity that recognizes trans women and is illustrated completely in shades of blood? I think I’m in love.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Let’s just make this a required “textbook” for every 8th grade health class in the US, m’kay? My 14 yo daughter and I both read and loved it.
Abby Johnson
When Sasha unexpectedly gets her period at school and is woefully unprepared, a new group of friends swoops in and takes her under their wing. Not only does Sasha quickly feel at home in their friend group, the incident inspires activist/artist Abby to start campaigning for less stigma and more resources for the school's students who menstruate. This is a smart and supportive book that's great for anyone who gets a period or anyone who's curious about getting a period. I love that it is very inc ...more
Becs
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trigger Warnings: slight bullying, period talk, medical stuff

When I received Go With the Flow from a book tour I participated in, I was firstly surprised that it was a graphic novel as I was not expecting that! I was then surprised when I actually started the book, that I couldn’t put it down. I was enthralled and rooting for all of the characters. I was living for all the feminism vibes and all of the talk of menstruation cycles, really made my heart soft!

Okay, I have quite a bit of things to s
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Carol
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is advanced reading copy of graphic novel that I would have loved to have had when I was twelve years old. It is so much better than the cartoon that we watched in gym to explain menstruation! The characters are Abby, Brit, Christine and Sasha. Even though it has been sixty-one years since I had my first period and ran to my mother to tell her that I must be "dying", I identified with all of this group of girls. I know what it is like to be Sasha. To be the new girl in the school and have a ...more
Meredith Ann
A great period primer/feminism 101 graphic novel for younger readers. While the characters are in high school, the book reads very middle grade, which I'd argue is a better intended audience. Some of the dialogue was a bit off and more fact filled than an average teenager speaks; still, it fit the story that is being told. It'll get kids thinking, and hopefully talking, about topics they may have otherwise thought of as something to keep private. Also, the characters are just delightful and supe ...more
Bonnie Grover
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where was this book when I needed it? “Talking about periods is the first step to taking that period power back.” First, I loved how the young women in this graphic novel were there for each other and lifted each other up. Secondly, I loved how issues of the pink tax, empty machines, heavy periods, cramps, endometriosis, and period history was covered in a classy, respectful way. “Going with the Flow” will definitely be a book that I share w my students.
Laura Gardner
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5⭐️ I love this book by @lwbean and @whatthestuffs ; must-read, must-buy!!
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Period stigma and period poverty are addressed head on in this entertaining graphic novel that's about so much more than menstruation. Brit, Christine, and Abby are three confident sophomores who welcome Sasha to their friend group when she is bullied for unexpectedly getting her period in public at school. What follows is a fabulous read that acts as a primer for activism while also giving each girl her own storyline.
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Rod Brown
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book devoted to menstruation? Proof positive that I will read anything as long as it is in graphic novel format. And, hey, it's not even the first time! But I think it is telling that the previous comics I've read that were so focused on menstruation gave the subject a horror story twist: Alan Moore's Swamp Thing #40 back in 1985 and the much more recent Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain. What happens when things get less metaphorical?

I'm impressed to see real issues and injustices tied to women's pe
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Andrea (EvergreensAndBookishThings)
This boooook!! I would love to put this graphic novel into the hands of every school principal and every girl in the world, as a start.
I’ve been breaking into some of my daughter’s library stash, and Go With the Flow was an absolute delight while confronting the insufferable stigma around menstruation, and exposing period poverty. I was also so impressed with the diversity of the book - not just with race, but body types, sexuality, family structures and even our cycles, and how they can be vast
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Kiera
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, graphic-novel, 2020
This is was a very fun graphic novel. It brought up so many important issues, that aren’t talked about a lot.

This book is a great introduction to periods for kids. It provides a lot of great information at the end of the book as well. I wish I had this book when I started my period!!

The book brings up important topics such as endometriosis, period poverty, and period activism. It is so refreshing to see these topics displayed in a children’s graphic novel. (I’m not 100% sure if this is more of
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Jaclyn Hillis
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comix
This book is perfect. It is inclusive to different types of people that menstruate and different types of periods. Everyone needs to read this, and maybe period talk eventually won’t be so taboo anymore!🩸
Liz
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great graphic novel which gives the reader a lot to think about and a lot of good information at the end.
Vikki VanSickle
Period books are hard to come by, but this seems to be one in the beginning of a crimson wave (#sorrynotsorry) for tweens. This is classified as YA but I think is good for kids in the grade 7-8 range as well. Every once in awhile a character will get their period in a book, but it's surprisingly still rare and you'll have difficulty finding a book in which most of the plot centers around menstruation & ensuing issues, as it does in GO WITH THE FLOW: getting your first period, dealing with debili ...more
Finley
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, comics
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this graphic novel from the publisher through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads.

Go With The Flow is an excellent example of the health issues that young girls and AFAB people face in their lives, especially in a school society where male-centric sports are often given preferential treatment over even student health. The main issue handled is the lack of feminine health products available in the characters’ school, and the fact that even when the machines are st
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Kris Patrick
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Terrific! More books about periods, please.

Though I do have a complaint. In the book's back matter, the authors suggest downloading an app to keep track of menstruation cycles. NO! Take a moment to Google search privacy and period tracking apps. You'll get the idea.
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Lily Williams is the author and illustrator of the If Animals Disappeared nonfiction picture book series and graphic novel Go With The Flow (co-written with Karen Schneemann). She grew up in Northern California where she received her B.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Lily seeks to inspire change, engage audiences, and educate people of all ages with her artwork. Her work can be seen in f ...more

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