Prince explores what it means to be a tomboy in a magnificently evocative graphic memoir.
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.
Spectacular; a book to make anyone think seriously about society’s preordained gender roles (Graphic memoir. 14 & up)