Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: September 8th, 2015
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Memoir, Young Adult, LGBT, Summer Camps, Friendship
All-girl camp. First love. First heartbreak. At once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor, this graphic-novel memoir is a debut of the rarest sort.
Such an honest memoir.
Maggie is spending her summer at a camp for Christian girls. Fortunately, it’s more exciting than it sounds. They don’t just pray all day. Maggie, for example, wants to master shooting with a rifle. I had no idea such a thing would be allowed in a camp like this, but that is awesome.
When she gets to Camp Bellflower for Girls, Maggie quickly notices Erin, a camp counsellor who is quiet, like her. Her desire to be near her and touch her makes Maggie question her sexuality and Erin’s.
The setting is the best. I love stories about what can happen at summer camps, which are usually isolated and full of possibilities. You meet new people, experience new things and learn more about yourself in the process.
It’s true that the illustrations look like sketches… not ‘‘finished’’ or ‘‘polished,’’ but actually I didn’t mind them much, probably because the narration and dialog themselves are fantastic. I felt very connected to Maggie who obviously needed support.
Very heartfelt and authentic. Recommended and recommended.
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