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Skim

by Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator Jillian Tamaki

Groundwood Books Ltd | January 1, 2008 | Hardcover

Skim is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008.

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. But when Ms. Archer abruptly leaves, Skim struggles to cope with her confusion and isolation, armed with her trusty journal and a desire to shed old friendships while cautiously approaching new ones.

Depression, love, sexual identity, crushes, manipulative peers --teen life in all its dramatic complexities is explored in this touching, pitch-perfect, literary graphic masterpiece. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki collaborate brilliantly in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being sixteen.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 pages, 10.31 × 7 × 0.69 in

Published: January 1, 2008

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888997531

ISBN - 13: 9780888997531

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I got this out at my school's library yesterday at lunch and I've read it three times since then. I can really connect with Skim because I'm going through a similar situation as she is in the book. Not to mention the art is really beautiful; the lines, the movement of the drawings, the negative space added to the great characters and story it's possibly one of my favourite books now.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great graphic novel I'm not used to comics that show more and tell less. As a result, Skim was really difficult for me to like. It took several reads to finally begin to see the beauty of the story, which ends with a lot of ambiguity. Skim is complex, and rightly so, given the perspective of the protagonist, and the show-don't-tell style. It is not your typical comic book. Jillian Tamaki's art is also very nice and goes well with the "panelling" of the book. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read, don't Skim Skim is a competent, solid graphic novel about female adolescent coming of age. The art's good, the narrative perspective sympathetic and insightful, but the plot's . . . well, there's not much plot, really. Not that that matters, necessarily, as this is primarily a character piece, and a perfectly fine one. It's not mind-blowing or the new gold standard in the bildungsroman, but it's well worth a read, especially for fans of the GN medium.
Date published: 2009-07-23

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Skim

by Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator Jillian Tamaki

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 pages, 10.31 × 7 × 0.69 in

Published: January 1, 2008

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888997531

ISBN - 13: 9780888997531

About the Book

The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double date for the school's semi-formal. Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie. Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers -- the whole gamut of tortured teen life is explored in this masterful graphic novel by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

Read from the Book

Dear Diary, Today Lisa said, "Everyone thinks they are unique." That is not unique!!

From the Publisher

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008.

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. But when Ms. Archer abruptly leaves, Skim struggles to cope with her confusion and isolation, armed with her trusty journal and a desire to shed old friendships while cautiously approaching new ones.

Depression, love, sexual identity, crushes, manipulative peers --teen life in all its dramatic complexities is explored in this touching, pitch-perfect, literary graphic masterpiece. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki collaborate brilliantly in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being sixteen.

From the Jacket

Heartbreakingly funny, moving and vibrantly drawn, Skim is an extraordinary book - a smart and sensitive graphic novel of the highest literary and artisitic quality, by and about young women. "Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school in Toronto in the early nineties. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. As concerned guidance counselors provide lectures on the "cycle of grief." and the popular clique starts a new club (Girls Celebrate Life!) to bolster school spirit, Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression. And falling in love only makes things worse... Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques, and finding a way to be your own fully human self - are all explored in this brilliant collaboration by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. An edgy, keenly observed and poignant glimpse into the heartache of being young.

About the Author

Mariko Tamaki is a writer and performer. Her work includes the novella Cover Me, creative non-fiction collections True Lies and Fake ID, comics Emiko Superstar (with Steve Rolston) and Skim (with Jillian Tamaki), and the young adult novel (You) Set Me On Fire. Her debut as a screenwriter/actor, Happy 16th Birthday Kevin, premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto in May 2013. Mariko's stories have been broadcast on national radio and she has appeared on stages, in various incarnations of herself, across North America. Mariko can be found online at @marikotamaki and marikotamaki.blogspot.ca.

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she now lives in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She has published two books of personal work, Gilded Lilies and Indoor Voice, and one graphic novel, Skim, with Mariko Tamaki. She has made illustrations for some of the world's top publications, including the New York Times and the Guardian, and her work has been included in the Library of Congress. Visit her website, www.jilliantamaki.com.

Appropriate for ages: 14