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Tomboy by Liz Prince

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
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 (as she learned when her little league baseball coach exiled her to the distant outfield). 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 Ignatz 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.” 
From staunchly refuting ”girliness” and finding the perfect outfit, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, Tomboy offers a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of self-discovery in modern America. (Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince / Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-55-3 / $15.99 Paperback (with French flaps); 256 pages, Ages 14+)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Liz Prince is an autobiographical cartoonist who currently lives outside of Boston, MA, with her two cats, Wolfman and Dracula. Her first book, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut in 2005. She has since published the comic strip collections Delayed Replays and Alone Forever. She has drawn comics for the wildly popular Adventure Time comic series, is a regular contributor to Razorcake magazine, and self-publishes her own comics and zines. She is still a tomboy, and can frequently be found shopping in the boys’ section at thrift stores.

"Prince explores what it means to be a tomboy in a magnificently evocative graphic memoir…. Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz's story, captured with wry humor and a deft, visceral eye, is a must-read for fans who fell for Raina Telgemeier's work in middle school. Spectacular; a book to make anyone think seriously about society's preordained gender roles."  – ★ Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review]
"The heroine of this charming, gently subversive graphic memoir loves Little League and hates dresses, so what does she grow up to be? Gloriously herself." - People Magazine


There are certain things that are expected of girls in today's day and age. They should be pretty and dress the part. They don't like bugs or things that are dirty. Also they love to shop for jewelry and get gorgeous shoes. Liz Prince is nothing of the sort though, she is on the other end of the spectrum enjoying her thrift shop finds and being as Tomboyish as possible.

I loved her honest approach to her life where she tells it all and lays herself on the line without holding anything back. You truly get a feel for someone who grows up not quite feeling like a girly girl, but certainly not feeling like one of the boys. This in between is what she had to get used to and she describes her feeling so vividly in a perfect blend of comedy and heart break that will capture the attention of all.

5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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