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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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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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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
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
***Stop Period Shaming***

How come I am reading this beautiful, important graphic novel after a year of its publication?


Fine.

But hell, why are we not even talking about this graphic novel?!

This. Awesome. Book. Is. So. Damn. Awesome.


Yes, we are talking about periods throughout the entire graphic novel. 4 friends working towards a cause because none of the adults in school seem to care about providing tampons or pads for emergency.

And yes, talk about the misconceptions and period shaming!

I abso
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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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Kate Olson
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
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: 2020, graphix, kids-ya
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. ...more
Emma
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes to everything in this book!
Go with the Flow is a wonderful graphic novel about periods, which are something that should be normalized and talked about more in our everyday life. It's 2020 people and if you have a problem with periods, then I really don't wanna talk to you.
Also, this book is about female friendship and how important and uplifting it can be. It was just amazing.
I so wish I could have read this book when I was a young teenager, I think I would have loved it even more!
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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
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
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
Samantha W.
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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Maia
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, young-adult
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! ...more
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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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.
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Spencer rated it 4(.5) stars.

A big bonus of this graphic novel is the inclusive language used within it; while all the main characters are girls who have periods, they do mention that not all women have periods, and not just women have periods. A good read even if you're not someone who menstruates!

Katy rated it 4.5 stars.
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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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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
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: graphic-novel, ya, 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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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.
Brittney
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I hope this becomes as much of a beloved classic for navigating periods as Are You There, God, or the Care and Keeping of You.
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
Alyssa Black
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this graphic novel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and while I didn’t know what it was about when I got it, I quickly fell in love with the premise.

What I loved about this book is its design, its educational content, and its expectation of equality for what is a natural female process and the needs that go along with it.

I struggled with the storyline, though. It sometimes felt like the story had too many separate threads that were not really developed, and then the actua
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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!🩸
Laela
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this is the book we need in the world. It explains periods in such a friendly way and stops making it be weird. My little feminist heart loved the story about the girls friendship.

Also I wanna take a minute to express how proud I am to work for an organization that does make pads and tampons free not only for staff but also the patrons. The girls fight in this books is real and we should all be working towards making making women's health issues a priority.
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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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