Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
Zest, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Jessica Maguire
hat a relief to know that I was not the only little kid who pitched a fit about having to wear a dress! Ever since she was a toddler Liz Prince knew she was a bit different from the other little girls.
iz hates dresses. She doesn't want to be the fairy princess in a cute, pink tutu. Nor does she give a hoot about makeup. Liz is a tomboy.
n her memoir, Liz explores her life as a tomboy and the hardships that come along with the label. As a tomboy a girl does not fit in; she is neither the mainstream image of what a girl should be, but at the same time, although she'd rather play sports than paint her nails, isn't a boy nor is fully accepted by them.
s if that weren't tough enough during her adolescence, when children can be rather hateful and hurtful creatures, she was singled out more than ever and labeled. It's hard enough navigating the awkward early teenage years and that first crush. But it's exceptionally difficult when you're a girl who doesn't fit the mould.
hrough humorous diction and drawings, Liz discovers what it means to take control of one's identity and buck traditional gender views and roles. This graphic novel is well suited for readers ages fourteen and up.
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