My bestie Jenna has been telling me to read this comic for months. I want to say for the record that I was non-compliant towards her request (at first). Would that get me sent to Bitch Planet? BAHAHAHA! Anyway, I also want to state again for this imaginary record that I would probably try to cooperate by being complaint, but would quickly make someone mad or give up and get sent to Bitch Planet. The world building is completely compelling! It mirrors our own patriarchal society today (the good and the bad). It has everything you would want from diversity of ethnicity to body sizes. The care and quality that has gone into constructing this world and cast of characters as they battle with being societal outcasts is fascinating. If you are a non-complaint woman, you are damned to being labeled a bitch. All the rules and regulations that could make you 'non-complaint' is AMAZING! I look forward to the continuing (albeit TERRIBLY SAD) adventures as these girls try to navigate this scary world.
Man! Kristin's struggle was engrossing. I couldn't put the book down! My heart went out to Kristin and her father as their world collapses when they find out she's intersex. I loved her father's character. There are some FANTASTIC fathers out there and I'm glad that one was portrayed within this book. The fact that the informational part did not "feel" informational is an attestment to what a great writer Gregorio is for young adults. She addresses many stigmas surrounding being intersex. For example, How do you deal with being intersex in society? What does that say to your identity---especially in how you were raised? While some of the plot points were not at all realistic, the compelling narration and overall engaging characters makes this book a delightful read. The compassion Gregorio took to explore this medical condition was heartfelt and bittersweet. Readers will not be disappointed in spending time reading this work of art. It has a balance of poignant and heart warming moments sprinkled with genuineness.
I felt this would be a great start to anyone interested in pursuing interracial romances. I had a fun time reflecting on my own dating life and the conversation among family and friends for/against racial-mixing. What I love about the presentation of this novel is the added layer of illustrations. This is a slice-of-life book that quietly paces along as Walter figures out if he can handle being with Naomi while he struggles with drama surrounding family and friends. I am loving these hybrid novels that incorporate slice-of-life visuals. This added layer of art just further immerses yourself into the city/street/block/school where these characters all exist and struggle with their racial views and acceptance of each other.
THE ART! THE ART! THE ART! Also, the fact that this is a crazy CR-A-AZ-ZZY world created by an writer who mixes in DIVERSE SKIN TONES. SAY WHATTT?! I'm not even sure what is happening (plot wise)--okay, I know what's happening plot wise, but I do not want to spoil it for anyone----BUT there are talking cats, witches, magical persecuted people---and an ANGRY WOMAN. I'm so excited to keep current with this new graphic novel. It's sure to be a treat!