Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
Anansi, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
, by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, is a graphic novel coming of age narrated by sixteen-year-old goth Kimberly Keiko Cameron (aka
). As the story opens, her parents are separated, she has just broken her arm, and she shares her diary musings about life, the universe, her private girls' school, and her best friend Lisa.
isa and Skim go to a coven/AA meeting, and later deal with the school's over-organized aftereffects (guidance counselling, a
mosaic of mourning
Girls Celebrate Life
club, etc.) of the suicide of a fellow student's ex-boyfriend who is rumored to have been gay.
kim is attracted to her drama teacher, Ms. Archer, who leaves the school part way through the term. Skim is also depressed and people worry about her. Skim and Lisa argue about
Romeo and Juliet
, and go to a dance with '
serious debate team geeks
'. Lisa falls in love. And Skim makes a surprising new friend, someone who understands not being understood.
nyone who was ever an outsider in high school, or a critical thinker questioning the trite and mundane, will relate to this beautifully illustrated (in black and white) graphic slice of high school life.
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