Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Staff Recommendation - Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Elizabeth Steans, circulation supervisor, recommends this graphic memoir by Liz Prince. “The story is very compelling; conveying the stresses of social construction of gender and identity from a young girl’s point of view.”

By Liz Prince
San Francisco, Zest Books, 2014

Available in the library on the 
1st Floor - EMC Young Adult Section

Call Number: HQ1075 .P75 2014

From the age of 2, Liz knows she hates dresses. As a child, she wears boys clothes and plays with boys. However, as she enters her teen years, things change. Still wishing to dress like a boy and disdainful of all things girly—including the inevitable biology of puberty—she stays true to herself and her identity, but not without struggling to fit into a teenage society that neatly compartmentalizes how boys and girls should act. Liz’s troubles are magnified as she navigates the ways of the heart, falling for boys who often pass her over for girls who are more feminine. As she stumbles and bumbles her way to friends who will accept her, she pulls readers along that oh-so-tough and bumpy road of adolescence. Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz’s story, captured with wry humor and a deft, visceral eye, is a must-read for fans who fell for Raina Telgemeier’s work in middle school.” Kirkus Review

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