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This may be a graphic novel, but it is also one of the most honest, refreshing, detailed and touching memoirs I have ever read I have one slight complaint and it isn t really a complaint,of a little suggestion as to how this could have been better if a couple of the f bombs had been removed and this became a book we could give to younger kids Because, damn, in a world of pink glitter for girls and blue guns for boys, younger kids really do need a book like this Tomboy is the tale of Li This may be a graphic novel, but it is also one of the most honest, refreshing, detailed and touching memoirs I have ever read I have one slight complaint and it isn t really a complaint,of a little suggestion as to how this could have been better if a couple of the f bombs had been removed and this became a book we could give to younger kids Because, damn, in a world of pink glitter for girls and blue guns for boys, younger kids really do need a book like this Tomboy is the tale of Liz Prince s childhood and adolescence She understood from an early age that she didn t like all of the things people consider girly and much preferred boys clothes and toys As she grew older, she didn t want to dress in pretty skirts or conform to what was expected for her gender, she got crushes on boys but all of them wanted the normal girls.What is most interesting is the underlying discussion going on about what it means to be male or female The book ultimately challenges the notion that there is only one way to be either and sees Liz going from a child who would rather be mistaken for a boy and claims to hate girls , to someone who recognises that she is a woman and doesn t have to behave or dress in a certain way to prove that It looks at conformity and non conformity, bullying and growing up It is, essentially, a coming of age tale told through the eyes of someone who doesn t want to grow up in the way everyone thinks she should.I really liked getting this perspective on gender expectations I wasn t really a tomboy myself and the only close experience I have with this is through my brother who always wanted to play with dolls and do ballet dancing In fact, before reading this, I always focused on the problems gendered clothing behaviour has for boys It s commonly known that it s easier for women to wear jeans and baseball caps than it is for a man to wear a dress and make up so I didn t fully appreciate the effect being a tomboy would have on a girl while growing up Until now.Very enjoyable, funny and thought provoking story.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr 7 21 17 Reread for my summer YA Graphic Novels class with a focus on girls and women, a memoir for tomboys of all ages and those that make fun of them, too, I guess I liked it eventhis time around 10 17 14 Liz Prince writes this memoir from her younger self s point of view, with her Jeffery Brownish artwork to match, which I like so much I m here to tell ya that this book is really good, and useful in the world to all those who have issues with their bodies, their gender identities, w 7 21 17 Reread for my summer YA Graphic Novels class with a focus on girls and women, a memoir for tomboys of all ages and those that make fun of them, too, I guess I liked it eventhis time around 10 17 14 Liz Prince writes this memoir from her younger self s point of view, with her Jeffery Brownish artwork to match, which I like so much I m here to tell ya that this book is really good, and useful in the world to all those who have issues with their bodies, their gender identities, who maybe don t feel entirely comfortable being the gender they were born into, or a range of related issues covered by this concept of Tomboy So this book is both funny self deprecating and painful re all the bullying and through it, we get to like and understand Liz in all her honesty as we see her struggles as important and something lots of people probably go through She draws in such a way to simply and quietly draw us in to the story The point is that the style makes her and her storyrelatable, and though this book seems to be mainly addressed to girls, women who went through similar journeys also will appreciate it Great discussion starter It s in part about finding the right clothes for you and crushes and being mistaken for the opposite gender just because of the way you look and sometimes taking that for a compliment.This is a book that is making a difference in the lives of a lot of girls My sister was a tomboy, and so was my wife, my neighbor, and so on This story can help those who are not tomboys understand the way tomboys might feel GOOD STUFF I m glad I finally picked this up, nearly a year after I purchased it I feel like this book waited a little too long to introduce the point moral, because for the entire book Liz has really unhealthy thoughts and she discusses her hatred of women quite often, but never actually addresses that those thoughts were unhealthy until the last pages of the book But overall I really really enjoyed this I thought the narrative was funny and Liz s story is really worth getting to know, and the overall theme of accepting yourself your gender is really great I feel like this book waited a little too long to introduce the point moral, because for the entire book Liz has really unhealthy thoughts and she discusses her hatred of women quite often, but never actually addresses that those thoughts were unhealthy until the last pages of the book But overall I really really enjoyed this I thought the narrative was funny and Liz s story is really worth getting to know, and the overall theme of accepting yourself your gender is really great My first graphic novel While I can t say this is the form I like to read in, it was a compelling look at gender It has to take a lot of talent to write a memoir in such a way In fact, this could have been my memoir, as I related to it so much Liz Prince, while born a girl, does not fit into the typical girl stereotypes Liz is a tomboy, who s first memory is that of hating dresses She wants to wield a sword, not wear a Tierra Yet, every Disney movie she sees, shows girls being rescued by My first graphic novel While I can t say this is the form I like to read in, it was a compelling look at gender It has to take a lot of talent to write a memoir in such a way In fact, this could have been my memoir, as I related to it so much Liz Prince, while born a girl, does not fit into the typical girl stereotypes Liz is a tomboy, who s first memory is that of hating dresses She wants to wield a sword, not wear a Tierra Yet, every Disney movie she sees, shows girls being rescued by boys She begins to realize just how much a girls identity is shaped by boys attitudes She states, Girls shunned me because I acted like a boy, boys shunned me for being a girl, regardless or not if I acted like one Prince s memoir takes us to high school when girls are now judging other girls Liz is not gay, but is often called so She simply wants to be the person she is most comfortable being I loved how this memoir showed one girl s courage to do just that.I sure wish I had the opportunity to read this while I was younger I m going to buy a copy for every grade school girl I know Find all of my reviews at I was going to say my apologies for this being long and rambly, but I m fairly certain 99.9999% of my reviews have become long and rambly so I m no longer apologizing Strange little storyTomboy popped up on my library recommendations as an option when I had to go on the waiting list for Gracefully Grayson Why the library would recommend a book to me that had an even longer waiting list than the one I originally int Find all of my reviews at I was going to say my apologies for this being long and rambly, but I m fairly certain 99.9999% of my reviews have become long and rambly so I m no longer apologizing Strange little storyTomboy popped up on my library recommendations as an option when I had to go on the waiting list for Gracefully Grayson Why the library would recommend a book to me that had an even longer waiting list than the one I originally intended to request is beyond me But anywho, I m a sucker and put a hold on both books Then I poked around Goodreads and found my friend Erica had already read and enjoyed this story and wrote an actual review, very unlike the lack of substance and abundance of imagery you are soon to see in this review space Weird thing is Goodreads did the you might like this thing to Erica too Those evil librarians, they conspire against us EVERYWHERE BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA I keeeeeeed, Erica, please don t hurt me.So long story even longer, my turn finally came around and I picked up Tomboy with little to no expectations regarding whether I would enjoy it or not Imagine my surprise when I absolutely LOVED it Tomboy A Graphic Memoir is just what claims it to be This is the story of Liz Prince s childhood as a tomboy Liz isn t gay, she isn t trans, she just doesn t like wearing dressesand when you re a kid that is something that can get you bulliedKids are assholes.Liz s story tells about how she dealt with bullies, Ha negotiated the shark infested waters of puberty, changing friendships and first crushes, Wayne s World reference CLASSIC and eventually found a great group of people who accepted her for who she was The story also includes some pretty awesome information regarding how much girls kick ass and to make sure to never sell yourself shortI loved this book Almost as much as I love the fact that Liz Prince has written all about me for the Adventure Time comic bookSeriously who doesn t love Adventure Time BWAHAHAHAHAHA The only downfall is I want every child in the universe to own this book, but it contains some F bombs that not all parents will be comfortable letting their tweenage child see If you don t mind a dropped bomb or three, I highly recommend it for kids be they the bully, the bullied, or the bystander Even if you don t want your kids to read it, you parents should read this one too and get a little refresher course about accepting your child for whoever and whatever they want to be When you give your kid a little leeway when it comes to choosing his her own path, you end up with an awesome result Like a kid who can drink his Saturday morning chocolate milk out of an Iron Man goblet while rocking a Planet Comicon t shirtAnd participate in the Little League World Series Homerun Derby later that afternoonThat s just superman See what I did there So clever sometimes Oh, and onenote to all you parents It doesn t hurt to let your own freak flag fly every once in a while too Lead by example and encourage your kid to take the road less traveled I was at a party this weekend where one of the attendees was talking about this book He said his 10 year old daughter had just read it twice in 24 hours She told him This book is about me, dad I can t wait to read it Read it, loved it.Give it to kids who are into Raina Telgemeier, Roller Girl, Jimmy Gownley and El Deafo , and are ready formature themes and content You know how Victoria Jamieson shows her character working through identity and relationship issues Here, Prince I was at a party this weekend where one of the attendees was talking about this book He said his 10 year old daughter had just read it twice in 24 hours She told him This book is about me, dad I can t wait to read it Read it, loved it.Give it to kids who are into Raina Telgemeier, Roller Girl, Jimmy Gownley and El Deafo , and are ready formature themes and content You know how Victoria Jamieson shows her character working through identity and relationship issues Here, Prince GOES THERE There are drawings of boobs in this book in the context of Liz going to sex ed She talks explicitly about embracing herself as she is a straight ciswoman, who doesn t do femme She talks about navigating the drama of secondary education in that identity.Part of me feels like this would be better if it wasfully produced, in color, like those other books on the same tack Another part feels like the simple, black and white, line drawing aesthetic makes the reader feel closer to the writer as though we re reading her personal sketchbook over her shoulder I promoted this to my Pizza Paperbacks teen book discussion group, and at least one of the kids read and enjoyed it I m so glad it exists Man, I m almost getting tired of trotting out that list every other review *DOWNLOAD PDF ↯ 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 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 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 The short review AWWW, YEAH WOOHOO SRSLY I HAZ A HAPPINESS Slightlydetail How do I love thee, Liz Prince Let me count the ways Your drawing is deeply appealing the kind of deceptively casual looking art that clearly takes a lot of thought.Your writing flows with seemingly effortless ease.Your dialogue is utterly authentic.Your story includes all kinds of wonderful detail, but never meanders.You let me know that I wasn t the only one who grew up with that creepy Bloody Mary in the The short review AWWW, YEAH WOOHOO SRSLY I HAZ A HAPPINESS Slightlydetail How do I love thee, Liz Prince Let me count the ways Your drawing is deeply appealing the kind of deceptively casual looking art that clearly takes a lot of thought.Your writing flows with seemingly effortless ease.Your dialogue is utterly authentic.Your story includes all kinds of wonderful detail, but never meanders.You let me know that I wasn t the only one who grew up with that creepy Bloody Mary in the mirror urban legend that terrified me all through my childhood but especially during power outages You made me laugh hard enough to have to apologize to the neighbors with the You re under ARREST And on FIRE page.And after your funny, thoughtful, glued me to my seat telling of a story I could relate to in so many ways, you made me tear up and cheer out loud on what I thought was the last page of that story, and then crack up and cheer out loud on the last page of a wonderfully unexpected epilogue.Two YES moments in two pages.Five stars.All my love, and please write another book soon I read TOMBOY and adored it It s a very smart and immediate portrait of adolescence a book I wish I had had when I was 14.