My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: January 2020
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Feminism, Friendship, Menstruation, High School
This graphic novel is pretty close to perfect. Scratch that – It IS perfect.
We meet three best friends – Abby, Brit and Christine – who welcome the new girl – Sasha – into their group and develop a beautiful and strong friendship. These girls help each other and discuss topics deemed personal, more specifically menstruation, which is considered ‘‘taboo’’ in some places.
When the girls discover that their school does not provide teenage girls with free pads or tampons and doesn’t even stock the distributive machines, Abby in particular is angered by the situation and decides to change the way things are at her school. Her friends are there to support her as much as possible, but each friend is dealing with her own issue and Abby, passionate as she is, takes things a little too far…
I say this graphic novel is perfect because there is nothing about it that I would change. Not the art. Not the art colour. Not the dialog. Not the characters. Not the storyline. Not even the mistakes that are made. Mistakes are important—people learn from them. Not only that, but sometimes unfortunate events can bring people together, like it did with Sasha and the other girls.
I love, love, love this story and these girls. I wish I had this book when I first got my period. I was so confused and scared. This is a beautiful book.
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