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Go with the Flow

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,289 ratings  ·  321 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 shrugsor worse, squirmsat the thought of a menstruation
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by First Second
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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 doesnt even stock the
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The nice thing about childrens literature is that it often replicates, on a smaller scale, themes and topics that youve 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 a ...more
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 its 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
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
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
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.

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 ...more
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 ...more
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
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
This is the book I needed in middle school and high school and Im 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 didnt know, and I plan to buy a copy to add to my collection.

Im proud of the authors for creating such a monumental and inspiring book!

Thank you #Netgalley for this
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!
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 ...more
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 couldnt 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
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 Im in love. ...more
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
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 wont be so taboo anymore! ...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 ...more
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.
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
Charlotte Jones
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A graphic novel about periods. I didn't think this was going to be for me but I absolutely loved it. I think the messages that it gives to young girls, and women, all over the world about the right to safe and clean periods is amazing. The friendships in this are adorable and entirely realistic.

I loved that all of the girls in this story had their own version of feminism and their own limits when it came
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
So well written for my students' age group - the way the authors handled so many aspects of menstruation candidly and reassuringly will be perfect for my junior high girls. They are also obsessed with graphic novels right now, so this is a definite add for me. Appropriate for 12 and up, but Im getting it in to the hands of my own 10 year old when we get a copy. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, feminism, ya
this was really cute, and i hope it inspires kids to become menstrual activists!! i feel like it's not going to appeal to kids who aren't already interested in feminism or activism, but at least it's doing the work of getting this info out there. it was definitely a little preachy at times, but it's a bit of an issue book, so i expected that.

the activism plotline is really central to the story--the friendship/relationship stuff was very background, and most of the characters could be summed up
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I got this from the Goodread Giveaways and I was SO thrilled, because I think stories involving menstruation are so important and we need more of them!

That being said, I need to be honest and I say I wish this had been better. The pacing felt off at times, and it wasn't always clear how each panel was leading into each other. The menstruation part of the story felt very 'after school special', sorta tacked on, like these characters only existed to teach us important life lessons about our
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 didnt 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 actual
Cassie Thomas
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of thoughts the girls had in the story that I remember having growing up. I wish I had had something to make me feel less alone in my period life. I was the one with cramps going home and missing school. I completely understand that side of having a period. I teach 5th, but I will be handing this to anyone I feel like needs to understand periods and feel its normalcy. So many of my girls start theirs in my class, its scary for them.

Thank you MacKids for sharing.
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. ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty sweet story about female friendship and menstruation. The color palette is limited mostly to reds and rusts - uniting the theme and the visuals - and follows a group of girls in their sophomore year of high school. The four are brought together because of a period accident, setting off discussions about free hygiene products and what their school can do to improve. The story is conscious of different experiences with periods, while also doing its part to send home the message ...more
Mr. Cody
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im not gonna lie. This a good piece of literature. It opened my eyes to new perspectives. Made me feel like I was in High School again. I also appreciated that it didnt paint ALL of their male characters as complete buffoons. Also the art style was incredible. It was colored in shades of red...cause you know....periods. ...more
A great early guide to periods for middle school kids, this also has a cute story with plenty of friendship drama and romance.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love books about girls making positive change in their community
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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 ...more

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