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Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
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Apr 05, 2009

really liked it

Emiko is in the middle of the summer that will change her life. After being fired from her job as a whip girl at a froufrou drinks store and being saddled with babysitting when her parents demand that she do something productive, Emi has no real direction. Stumbling on the Freak Show makes her believe that there might be something more for her - that she might have some sort of artistic ability. Part rave, part vaudeville: the Freak Show features performances that defy normal conventions (and occasionally involve toilet seats and jam). Emi is especially impressed by Poppy, a performance artist who is strong and beautiful. Henry also frequents the Freak Show, but like Emi he doesn't fit into the scene - he's always on the edges of the action. It's a summer to remember.

I've been devastated by the demise of the Minx imprint. Somehow DC didn't give this line enough time to saturate into their potential audience. Strong girls and independent thinkers will love all the Minx books they can find and will wish there were more. Follow Emi's suburban rebellion and awakening with something equally powerful, like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis.

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