Skim

Hardcover | January 1, 2008

byMariko TamakiIllustratorJillian Tamaki

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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.

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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 believ...

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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 th...

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 broa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 10.31 × 7 × 0.69 inPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888997531

ISBN - 13:9780888997531

Appropriate for ages: 14

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skim A good modern coming-of-age story from teen female POV. Nice blend of humour and grit...and the art work is very evocative.
Date published: 2015-08-26
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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