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Skim by Mariko Tamaki


by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)

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Short comic with beautiful art! The story is a little lacking, but the style is strong and I'm a sucker for a Wiccan main character. Plus Canadian author! So pick this up if you can. ( )
  jakebornheimer | Mar 27, 2019 |
Beautifully drawn and very personal take on the turbulent and difficult time of growing up, first love, heart ache, fitting in, discovering your identity and coming to terms with it. Love changes everything. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
I was not expecting this book - I judged it on its cover and couldn't put together that Skim is a Canadian teenager dealing with a season of change. It's well-drawn (in both senses of the word) and focuses 99% on women characters and the relationships between young women in a sensitive but not sentimental way. Definitely worth reading. ( )
  jeninmotion | Sep 24, 2018 |
Not as depressing as I thought it would be. An interesting read with a light focus on suicide and sexuality.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Kim, or Skim, as she is known to her peers, is a half Japanese teenager who attends a private girls' school. She dabbles in Wicca, broods over art teacher Ms. Archer with whom she has a "thing" of sorts, and is fed up with the clique of popular girls. Her discontent is dark, moody, and shuffling. In other words, teens will get her. ( )
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To Sam, Charissa, and our families,
who make us happy
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Dear Diary,

Today Lisa said, "Everyone thinks they are unique."

That is not unique!!
My school = goldfish tank of stupid.
Being sixteen is officially the worst thing I've ever been.
This is the thing about school dances. They make like it's supposed to be this other-worldly thing, but really it's just the people you see every day dressed up, standing in the gym in the dark with Red Hot Chili Peppers playing.
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The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double date for the school's semi-formal. Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie. Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers — the whole gamut of tortured teen life is explored in this masterful graphic novel by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

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"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.… (more)

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