Skim

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Tamaki, Jillian
By (author): Tamaki, Mariko
Series: Skim
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
  WEIRD / Graphic Novels
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General (see also headings under Family)
Audience: young adult
Awards: Governor General's Literary Awards: Text (2008) Short-listed
YALSA Great Graphic Novels List (2008) Long-listed
CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award (2009) Short-listed
Ignatz Award - Outstanding Artist (2008) Long-listed
Lulu of the Year Award (2009) Long-listed
ALA Top Ten Books for YA (2009) Commended
Eisner Award - Best Publication for Tweens/Teens (2008) Long-listed
Eisner Award - Best Graphic Album (New) (2008) Long-listed
Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List (2009) Commended
Harvey Awards - Best Graphic Album (2008) Long-listed
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: March 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 10.00in x 6.50in x 0.37in
Our Price:
$ 17.75
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of theĀ 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008.

Skim is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth stuck in a private girls' school in Toronto. When a classmate's boyfriend kills himself because he was rumoured to be gay, the school goes into mourning overdrive, each clique trying to find something to hold on to and something to believe in. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's high school, and that's what happens to Skim when she starts to meet in secret with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But when Ms. Archer abruptly leaves, Skim struggles to cope with her confusion and isolation, armed with her trusty journal and a desire to shed old friendships while cautiously approaching new ones.

Depression, love, sexual identity, crushes, manipulative peers --teen life in all its dramatic complexities is explored in this touching, pitch-perfect, literary graphic masterpiece. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki collaborate brilliantly in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being sixteen.

From The Publisher*

Skim is a brilliant and poignant glimpse at the heartache of teen life in all its dramatic complexities.

Review Quote*...the expressionistic fluidity of the black and white illustrations serves the purpose of pages of prose, so that the laconic conversation of these girls and Skim's almost equally economical and intermittent diary entries ring true.
Review Quote*Being able to tap into that visceral experience, warts and all, is what makes Skim such an amazing read...A powerful and poignant story that is as perfect a synergy of words and art as you're likely to find in comics, Skim is a true gem.
Review Quote*...avoids all the cliches of a coming-of-age story...Original in every which way.
Review Quote*...intelligent choice...a sensitive and caring portrayal of youth...universal...a complete success...[Jillian's] storytelling is solid...[and] her art is very atmospheric...
Review Quote*...traverse[s] the turbulent landscape of high school with tenderness and a keen eye for the yearning of adolescent girls...From the particularities of slang to the bigger concepts like fear and isolation, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki capture the subtle details that comprise this understated part of life...a world [in] which anyone who has ever been a teenager would be able to relate to at some level...Jillian Tamaki's use of line and shadow is effective in rendering the psychology of characters and the moody spaces they find themselves in...Formally, Skim is interesting for its varied approach to panel-use. Some pages flaunt over 10 similarly sized and shaped panels while others reveal only one (often silent) borderless image. The overall effect reveals impressive artwork and many powerful scenes...Skim is a unique piece, one not to be missed. Highly Recommended. [Skim uses] high school as a fertile setting for pungent commentary on racial, cultural, and sexual issues...The narrative, mainly in diary form, feels accurate and realistic, drenched in a sense of confusion and nihilism, and the art, influenced by Craig Thompson's Blankets (2003), reflects the spare, gloomy emotional landscape in which Skim exists. This story will appeal to many female comics fans...
Review Quote*...[Skim is a] stunningly emotional graphic novel...an artful jumble that is as true-to-life as it is diffuse...unfussy and immediate...The delicately lined art alternately expands and contradicts the prose to achieve layers of meaning, tone and irony...With honesty and compassion, this innovative narrative communicates a life just beginning, open and full of possibility.
Review Quote*...[Skim] manages to avoid the usual cliches...The b/w cirt is fluid and curvy and looks like it came straight out of a sketchbook. The little details are wonderful...Highly recommended for high school graphic novel colelctions, especially those catering to girls.
Review Quote*...rendered delicately...Mariko's writing is assured...Skim's self-searching entries are wrenched off or lit up by the next image...Skim comes into its own, building a teenage girl mood that's struggling observant and shyly heartfelt by turns.