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Down-to-Read with Daniela: Skim by Mariko Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki

Age Group:

Canadian Literature, Realistic Fiction, GLBTQ, Graphic Novel, Humourous, Young Adult

Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka Skim, is just your average “not-slim, would be Wiccan goth” who attends a private school for girls. In this glimpse of life story, 16-year-old Skim finds herself at an interesting crossroads of self discovery.

When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend John, who later commits suicide, the gossip train starts. Soon rumours suggest that John was gay and suffering from a broken heart.

Alongside this plot, Skim finds herself falling in love. She’s not sure how to deal with all these new feelings, and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

My Thoughts:
A fast paced, whimsically illustrated graphic novel by the Tamaki cousins. Confronting many themes ranging from suicide, depression, and love to crushes, cliques and being gay or not, teens and adults alike will relate to Skim as she navigates the treacherous waters of high school.

Borrow Skim from your local Vaughan library today!

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