Graphic Novel / Memoir / Gender Expression
Synopsis: 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, 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 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 girl.”
200words (or less) review: Growing up Liz Prince struggled with the expectations society places on ‘being a girl’. They weren’t her. She was much happier in boy’s clothes, being friends with boys because girls = “ugh”.
It’s not until later in the book that somebody wise points this out:
Tomboy highlights yet again how there isn’t just one way to be. Tomboy is a good book for looking at gender expression and the constraints placed on trying to be that individual by others.
Liz Prince memoir chronicles her struggles through school, bullies, the trails of friendship and romance. The lack of role-models… Are we getting better on that I wonder?
I thought Tomboy was thought-provoking and engaging. Read it.