Skim

  • Type: Books
  • By: Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Age Category: Teens
  • Genre: Graphic Novels
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 0888997531
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For appreciators of fine art in comics, and for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

In Skim, writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jillian Tamaki have created a sensitive, nuanced coming of age story that has great appeal for appreciators of fine art in comics, and for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. At her all-white all-girls school, half-Japanese 16-year old Kim “Skim” Cameron doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. She’s overweight, opinionated, fascinated by Wicca, and infatuated with Ms. Archer, her enigmatic English teacher. When the ex-boyfriend of a classmate commits suicide, the rest of the student body erupts into a hysterical witch-hunt for other potentially depressed students, and Skim loses the few allies she had.

Jillian Tamaki’s gorgeous black-and-white art manages to be evocative of Japanese brush painting while carrying the story’s emotional weight in the faces of its many characters. And Mariko Tamaki’s writing has terrific dramatic irony, retaining the youthful voice of her narrator in a story that gains significance with an adult’s perspective on life. Skim is highly recommended for teens and adults alike.