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review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Liz PrinceS and baseball caps than it is for a man to wear a dress and make up so I Didn T Fully Appreciate didn t fully appreciate effect being a tomboy would have on a girl while growing up Until nowVery enjoyable funny and thought provoking storyBlog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr I read TOMBOY and adored it It s a very smart and immediate portrait of adolescence a book I wish I had had when I was 14 I was at a party this weekend where one of the attendees was talking about this book He said his 10 year old daughter had ust read it twice in 24 hours She told him This book is about me dadI can t wait to read it Read it loved itGive it to kids who are into Raina Telgemeier Roller Girl Jimmy Gownley and El Deafo and are ready for mature themes and content You know how Victoria Jamieson shows her character working through identity and relationship issues Here Prince GOES THERE There are drawings of boobs in this book in the context of Liz going to sex ed She talks explicitly about embracing herself as she is a straight ciswoman who doesn t do femme She talks about navigating the drama of secondary education in that identityPart of me feels like this would be better if it was fully produced in color like those other books on the same tack Another part feels like the simple black and white line drawing aesthetic makes the reader feel closer to the writer as though we re reading her personal sketchbook over her shoulder I promoted this to my Pizza Paperbacks teen book discussion group and at least one of the kids read and enjoyed it I m so glad it existsMan I m almost getting tired of trotting out that list every other review Find all of my reviews at I was going to say my apologies for this being long and rambly but I m fairly certain 999999% of my reviews have become long and rambly so I m no longer apologizing Strange little story Tomboy popped up on my library recommendations as an option when I had to go on the waiting list for Gracefully Grayson Why the library would recommend a book to me that had an even longer waiting list than the one I originally intended to reuest is beyond me But anywho I m a sucker and put a hold on both books Then I poked around Goodreads and #found my friend Erica had already read and enjoyed this story and #my friend Erica had already read and enjoyed this story and an actual review very unlike the lack of substance and abundance of imagery you are soon to see in this review space Weird thing is Goodreads did the you might like this thing to Erica too Those evil librarians they conspire against us EVERYWHERE BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA I keeeeeeed Erica pl I feel like this book waited a little too long to introduce the pointmoral because for the entire book Liz has really unhealthy thoughts and she discusses her hatred of women uite often but never actually addresses that those thoughts were unhealthy until the last pages of the "Book But Overall I " But overall I really enjoyed this I thought the narrative was funny and Liz s story is really worth getting to know and the overall theme of accepting yourself your gender is really great Hello I m an fairly biased reviewer because I wrote this book but I figured I d throw my 2 cents in anyhowI learned a lot from writing this memoir which is my first full length narrative graphic novel It was a challenge to write a book that spans the first 18 years of my life in a way that is succinct engaging and entertaining without being overly redundant or narcissistic I reserved my narcissism for the glowing review I m giving myself here Most importantly though it was challenging and important to write a book that has such a personal message one that so many people of many ages and genders and sexual orientation have written to me about since this book came out I feel really inspired by all of the stories that readers have told me about the Tomboys they know in their lives or the ways in which they ve felt like outsiders or the ways in which they ve never personally dealt with bullying but really appreciated the way that I spoke about it I ve been able to communicate an idea that is really close to my heart and I have had it be so well recievedWhen I started writing this book I was afraid that it wouldn t say the things I wanted to say or that nobody would relate to it or that it ust wasn t worth writing but I proved myself wrong and that in and of itself deserves 5 star. An easy place to be Tomboy follows award winning author and artist Liz Prince through her early years and explores with humor honesty and poignancy what it means to be a gi. Art that clearly takes a lot of thoughtYour writing flows with seemingly effortless easeYour dialogue is utterly authenticYour story includes all kinds of wonderful detail but never meandersYou let me know that I wasn t the only one who grew up with that creepy Bloody Mary in the mirror urban legend that terrified me all through my childhood but especially during power outages You made me laugh hard enough to have to apologize to the neighbors with the You re under ARREST And on FIRE pageAnd after your funny thoughtful glued me to my seat telling of a story I could relate to in so many ways you made me tear up and cheer out "Loud On What I Thought "on what I thought the last page of that story and then crack up and cheer out loud on the last page of a wonderfully unexpected epilogueTwo YES moments in two pagesFive starsAll my love and please write another book soon My first graphic novel While I can t say this is the form I like to read in it was a compelling look at gender It has to ta 72117 Reread for my summer YA Graphic Novels class with a focus on girls and women a memoir for tomboys of all ages and those that make fun of them too I guess I liked it even this time around 101714 Liz Prince writes this memoir from her younger self s point of with it even this time around 101714 Liz Prince writes this memoir from her younger self s point of with Jeffery Brownish artwork to match which I like so much I m here to tell ya that this book is really good and useful in the world to all those who have issues with their bodies their gender identities who maybe don t feel entirely comfortable being the gender they were born into or a range of related issues covered by this concept of Tomboy So this book is both funny self deprecating and painful re all the bullying and through it we get to like and understand Liz in all her honesty as we see her struggles as important and something lots of people probably go through She draws in such a way to simply and uietly draw us in to the story The point is that the style makes her and her story relatable and though this book seems to be mainly addressed to girls women who went through similar ourneys also will appreciate it Great discussion starter It s in part about finding the right clothes for you and crushes and being mistaken for the opposite gender ust because of the way you look and sometimes taking that for a complimentThis is a book that is making a difference in the lives of a lot of girls My sister was a tomboy and so was my wife my neighbor and so on This story can help those who are not tomboys understand the way tomboys might feel This may be a graphic novel but it is also one of the most honest refreshing detailed and touching memoirs I have ever read I have one slight complaint and it isn t really a complaint of a little suggestion as to how this could have been better if a couple of the f bombs had been removed and this became a book we could give to younger kids Because damn in a world of pink glitter for girls and blue guns for boys younger kids really do need a book like this Tomboy is the tale of Liz Prince s childhood and adolescence She understood from an early age that she didn t like all of the things people consider girly and much preferred boys clothes and toys As she grew older she didn t want to dress in pretty skirts or conform to what was expected for her gender she got crushes on boys but all of them wanted the normal girlsWhat is most interesting is the underlying discussion going on about what it means to be male or female The book ultimately challenges the notion that there is only one way to be either and sees Liz going from a child who would rather be mistaken for a boy and claims to hate girls to someone who recognises that she is a woman and doesn t have to behave or dress in a certain way to prove that It looks at conformity and non conformity bullying and growing up It is essentially a coming of age tale told through the eyes of someone who doesn t want to grow up in the way everyone thinks she shouldI really liked getting this perspective on gender expectations I wasn t really a tomboy myself and the only close experience I have with this is through my brother who always wanted to play with dolls and do ballet dancing In fact before reading this I always focused on the problems gendered clothingbehaviour has for boys It s commonly known that it s easier for women to wear ean. Either She was somewhere in between But with the forces of middle school high school parents friendship and romance pulling her this way and that the middle wasn't exactly. UghLook I feel for Liz Prince Nobody should be bullied and they especially shouldn t be bullied for the fact that they don t conform to society s expectations of what a man or woman should Be But The Message In This Book But the message in this book shallow to me there s 237 pages about how being traditionally feminine sucks and then about three pages where she realizes wait maybe there are lots of ways to be a girl and my
WAY IS COMPLETELY VALID AND THENis completely valid and then winds down into a happily ever afterThere s never a moment where she considers that maybe the real problem isn t that being a tomboy is hard it s that being a girl is hard She never shows much empathy for girls who aren t like her which is kind of ironic when this book appears to be a plea for understanding To the contrary she really shits on the traditionally feminine girls around her I really don t know how else to describe scenes like the one where she imagines going back in time and accosting a child half her age for failing to meet her own Standards For Being A Tomboy Turnabout is not fair play with a subject like this validating different ways of being female shouldn t be a zero sum gameAnd there s never a point where she realizes that maybe the problem with being constantly mistaken for a lesbian isn t that it s inherently embarrassing or unpleasant to be a lesbian but that society s homophobia makes people use lesbian as an insult It s notable that her less negative references to homosexuality are all related to gay men somehow There s a panel pretty early on in which all the kids on the playground are obsessed with the opposite sex and it includes a boy saying girls and thinking boys and there s a moment late in the book where Liz and a male friend are maybe mistaken for a gay male couple and she thinks that it s homophobic There are no similar instances involving lesbians or bisexual women being a woman attracted to other women is only ever depicted as the basis for an insult Being a butch lesbian is a stereotype to be plagued by not a valid identity other women hold as strongly as Liz does her tomboy natureIn the interest of fair reporting here s my bias I ve never been a tomboy In fact I m writing this review while wearing a bright pink dress I was the kind of kid Liz Prince would have thought of as a fake tomboy while I loved Hot Wheels and tee ball I also loved dresses and nail polish and sewing and pretending to be a fairy in my backyard The really illuminating story from my childhood is the fact that I asked for an ironing board for my birthday when I was two I ve always been a Sansa at heart never an Arya even if I dressed a lot like Liz during the 90s And like Liz figuring out what kind of girl I wanted to be was hard but
it was hard from the opposite end For instance it took untilwas hard from the opposite end For instance it took until recently for me to let myself really learn to experiment with makeup while I ve always loved the idea of it it took until I was almost twenty eight to truly let myself have it for myself without worrying what other people might think if they saw me with colour on my eyes or lips I felt pushed towards being less traditionally feminine Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You just as Liz felt pushed towards being I don t expect every book to be for me but if a book is all about learning how there are many ways to be a girl then I don t really appreciate when it spends hundreds of pages talking about how my own Way To Be A Girl sucks and never really makes up for it laterThe art in this book is lackluster my roommate described it as looking kid like to cover up for the fact that it s not very good and I m inclined to agree I generally enjoy black and white graphic novels than full colour ones but here I think some colour would have improved the visuals a little though it wouldn t do much for the uninspiring style and its haplessly wonky anatomy But mostly my problem is the content The world needs media where all kinds of girls are represented positively whether they want to greet society in tutus and tights or fatigues and baseball caps or both Liz Prince adds a tomboy or two to the world but she falls into the same old trap of putting types of girlhood on a hierarchy The short reviewAWWW YEAH WOOHOO SRSLY I HAZ A HAPPINESSSlightly detailHow do I love thee Liz Prince Let me count the waysYour drawing is deeply appealing the kind of deceptively casual looking. Growing up Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl dressing in pink tutus or playing pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood But she wasn't exactly one of the guys.