TITLE: Tomboy: A graphic memoir
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Liz Prince
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
Tomboy is a memoir about a girl who is a Tomboy in every sense of the word. It talks about how hard it was to grow up as a Tomboy.
…so, I don’t know what to say about this. A lot of my complaints are with the story itself, and since this is a memoir, it means a lot of my issues are with Liz. I wasn’t a girly-girl. I’m quite happy in pants and, since my sisters are both married off, probably don’t need to be in a dress again for years. So maybe it’s that I’m surprised she had so many issues with being a Tomboy. I don’t remember anyone ever asking me why I wasn’t wearing a dress. I don’t remember anyone saying anything to me about my choice of activities – I played many a game of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the playground (although I was always relegated to being April O’Neal because no other girls played) – nor do I remember anyone saying anything to anyone I knew about whether or not their hair was “too short” to “be a girl”.
So I’m not sure if this is a difference of experience or a difference of perception. But there was definitely a difference there. I will say I’m not nearly as Tomboy as the author, though, so there is that.
But with that aside, just taking the story at face value, it was decent enough. I don’t think that you gain any huge insight into the world by reading it, but it’s a graphic novel, which means you can read it in just a couple hours.
The illustrations are fine. A huge issue I have was with the lettering, though. It wasn’t standard comic book writing font, and in a lot of places was really sloppy. I felt like Liz just threw it together and rushed through that part which, well, is kind of the most important part.
I had a few spots where I was trying harder to translate the handwriting than I was to follow the story, and that’s not okay.
I’ll give the book overall a 3/5. If you happen across it, go ahead and read it, but don’t go out of your way to look for it.
This satisfies the MEMOIR
portion of the challenge.