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Skim

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Heartbreakingly funny, moving and vibrantly drawn, Skim is an extraordinary book--a smart and sensitive graphic novel of the highest literary and artistic quality, by and about young women.

"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When Skim's classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. As concerned guidance counselors provide lectures on the "cycle of grief," and the popular clique starts a new club (Girls Celebrate Life!) to bolster school spirit, Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.

And falling in love only makes things worse...

Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques, and finding a way to be your own fully human self--are all explored in this brilliant collaboration by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. An edgy, keenly observed and poignant glimpse into the heartache of being young.

Title:Skim
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0888997531
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:143 pages
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    Skim Reviews

  • Ariel
    May 01, 2016

    You know, I enjoyed this when I read it. I found the story compelling and truly feel that it was an honest depiction of teenage life in high school. I found the illustration style a bit creepy and uns...

  • Keith
    Feb 28, 2013

    Man, I am so tired of reading every-graphic-novel-I-should-have-read-but-didn't in preparation for a course I start teaching in a month, but it was all completely worth it to read Skim. It's the kind ...

  • Jackie
    Aug 19, 2008

    This reminded me a lot of Ghost World, being about a misfit girl, nicknamed Skim, and her best friend, whose paths are starting to diverge. There's not much story here, but to me, that felt true to li...

  • Lily
    Oct 25, 2015

    I mean, there's heartbroken and then there's all the stuff that comes each second after that, depending on who broke your heart. There's something purifying about this book: the monochromatic color sc...

  • Travis
    Jan 06, 2011

    It's 1993 and Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka Skim, is in grade 10 at a Catholic girls' school. She is: Wiccan, biracial (Japanese-Canadian/white), sort of an outcast, overweight, falling in love with her...

  • jess
    Mar 18, 2009

    This is one of my new favorite graphic novels. It is _so_much_better_ than the Minx graphic novel by the same author (Emiko Superstar). The art is beautiful, great lines & strong white spaces. The emo...

  • Irena Freitas
    Oct 19, 2016

    Mais uma vez morta por motivos de Mariko e Jillian Tamaki sendo maravilhosas demais.Pouca gente sabe capturar teen angst de forma tão honesta e sincera como essas duas, realmente é sempre algo marav...

  • Seth T.
    Jul 25, 2011

    Being neither a teenage girl nor overly sympathetic toward the needlessly mopey, I am pretty clearly not the target audience for Skim. I’m sure that if I were of like age, culture, and circumstance ...

  • Paul
    Apr 29, 2008

    For a story about emotions and connections, I felt rather unconnected to Skim, the title character. Maybe it was because author Mariko Tamaki went a little too overboard in making Skim an "every girl"...

  • Nicky
    Sep 12, 2011

    I can’t get enough of stories about depressed teenage girls who don’t know where they fit in. Probably because I was that girl. When I hear people talk about high school with actual fondness, I am...