Written by Mariko Tamaki. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.
It’s the early nineties and “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.
Depression, love, sexual identity, crushes, manipulative peers—teen life in all its dramatic complexities is explored in this touching, pitch perfect, literary graphic novel.
Ages 14 and up. Hardbound: 144 pp.