[Ebook] Skim By Mariko Tamaki – Thomashillier.co.uk

Skim Heartbreakingly Funny, Moving And Vibrantly Drawn, Skim Is An Extraordinary Book A Smart And Sensitive Graphic Novel Of The Highest Literary And Artistic 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 When Skim S 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 WorseSuicide, 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


10 thoughts on “Skim

  1. says:

    You know, I enjoyed this when I read it I found the story compelling and truly feel that it was an honest depiction of teenage life in high school I found the illustration style a bit creepy and unsettling, but that went along with the story My only problem is that now that I m writing this review, two months after finishing it, I realized that I haven t thought about this book once since reading it So personally it didn t have any long lasting staying power


  2. says:

    When I started down the wonderful path that is reading graphic novels last year, This One Summer by Mariko Jillian Tamaki was one of the first works I checked out So to have now finally read through Skim from cover to cover is beyond gratifying for me Skim is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not slim, would be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls school When Skim s classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive When I started down the wonderful path that is reading graphic novels last year, This One Summer by Mariko Jillian Tamaki was one of the first works I checked out So to have now finally read through Skim from cover to cover is beyond gratifying for me Skim is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not slim, would be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls school When Skim s 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 worseSuicide, 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 Side note I love it when the blurb really gets the core of the book right.Skim s quick glimpse into an angst ridden, strong willed and intense young adult made me reminisce and feel grateful for making it through those years unscathed But I also feel like the main themes that are prevalent in Skim, like the ever present arc of mortality that s circling the girls at school, were somewhat fittingly skimmed over I didn t feel like I had a solid grip on what the creators were trying to convey.So I was disappointed that this graphic novel didn t manage to leave a lasting impression, or hit any particular right notes for me, save for a page here and there I didn t feel invested because, as I mentioned, the topics that intrigued me the most, such as girlhood, coming of age, and depression weren t explored to the fullest we remained on the surface of things without budging.Though I was left me unmoved for the most, I ll end my review on a brighter note by sharing some of the pages that managed to spark something inside meNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buyingSkim, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionThis review andcan be found on my blog


  3. says:

    Man, I am so tired of reading every graphic novel I should have read but didn t in preparation for a course I start teaching in a month, but it was all completely worth it to read Skim It s the kind of good that makes you realize as you re reading it that you re only getting a tenth of what s going on, and then when you put the book down it starts unfolding, like you re still reading it, and man is that a warm, strange, velvety feeling to have going on in your head I don t think I ve ever read Man, I am so tired of reading every graphic novel I should have read but didn t in preparation for a course I start teaching in a month, but it was all completely worth it to read Skim It s the kind of good that makes you realize as you re reading it that you re only getting a tenth of what s going on, and then when you put the book down it starts unfolding, like you re still reading it, and man is that a warm, strange, velvety feeling to have going on in your head I don t think I ve ever read a graphic novel that so brazenly exists in subtext, that acts out the outsider y repressed nature of its protagonist so artfully, absolutely refusing to divulge all the layers of its meaning on a first pass This is the most satisfying, absorbing reading experience I ve had in a long time Now I just have to decide if I want to break it into two parts when I assign it, so we have some space to absorb it slowly, or if I should make the students read it in one go, just to feel the rush of what the hell was that amazing thing that I felt when it was over.This is the best graphic novel you haven t read yet, kids Don t make me judge you for not picking it up


  4. says:

    This reminded me a lot of Ghost World, being about a misfit girl, nicknamed Skim, and her best friend, whose paths are starting to diverge There s not much story here, but to me, that felt true to life in high school I, like Skim, watched from the sidelines, and when something does happen to you, it can be overwhelming and life changing, as when Skim s teacher kisses her I liked the sly humor the coven meeting that was also an AA meeting, the costume party with all the girls except Skim and This reminded me a lot of Ghost World, being about a misfit girl, nicknamed Skim, and her best friend, whose paths are starting to diverge There s not much story here, but to me, that felt true to life in high school I, like Skim, watched from the sidelines, and when something does happen to you, it can be overwhelming and life changing, as when Skim s teacher kisses her I liked the sly humor the coven meeting that was also an AA meeting, the costume party with all the girls except Skim and one other girl dressed as figure skaters and ballerinas, the carless geek dates And I liked the gently melancholic undertone, visually represented through the fall setting This is a quiet and subtle story, which reminded me of my own high school years I liked it a lot


  5. says:

    Mucha nostalgia de mi poca adolescente con esta novela gr fica Qui n no odia A TODO EL MUNDO cuando es adolescente


  6. says:

    I mean, there s heartbroken and then there s all the stuff that comes each second after that, depending on who broke your heart There s something purifying about this book the monochromatic color scheme, the fine lettering, the whispered polyphony of words and images The reader drifts, leaf like, through a chilly autumn at a Canadian all girls school in the early 1990s The ex boyfriend of one of the popular girls had just killed himself, sending the community on an upward but actually downw I mean, there s heartbroken and then there s all the stuff that comes each second after that, depending on who broke your heart There s something purifying about this book the monochromatic color scheme, the fine lettering, the whispered polyphony of words and images The reader drifts, leaf like, through a chilly autumn at a Canadian all girls school in the early 1990s The ex boyfriend of one of the popular girls had just killed himself, sending the community on an upward but actually downward spiral of frantically life affirming positivity As the world winds itself tightly around this dead stranger, we meet Kim queer, biracial, goth, loner, would be wiccan, a human in the process of untangling herself It s amazing how, when you don t feel something everyone else feels, it just looks like nothing Like watching people dance to a song you don t like Every experience of grief is different, and some aresocially endorsed than others We watch from a great distance as Katie, the girl whose boyfriend died, stumbles along in a way that no one understands She can t accept the brand of consolation forced upon her by her clique and they, in turn, eventually can t accept her But she has everything in life surely she doesn t need our sympathy And why would she, when we ve never spoken to her At one point, Kim reflects on a school production of Our Town due to a shortage of roles, she took the role of the night, but some in the audience thought she was the moon The story closes retaining this ambiguity is Kim one with the darkness of detachment and rumors, or has she inadvertently become a light by which that darkness is reduced


  7. says:

    Absolutely fantastic One of the most honest comics I ve read in a while.


  8. says:

    It s 1993 and Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka Skim, is in grade 10 at a Catholic girls school She is Wiccan, biracial Japanese Canadian white , sort of an outcast, overweight, falling in love with her English teacher, Ms Archer return return I really loved this It s soordinary It s not a message book, even though there are lots of things being Asian, homophobia, being queer, bullying, teen suicide, rumors, divorce, being overweight that could be turned into big Issues to Teach a Lesson It s 1993 and Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka Skim, is in grade 10 at a Catholic girls school She is Wiccan, biracial Japanese Canadian white , sort of an outcast, overweight, falling in love with her English teacher, Ms Archer return return I really loved this It s soordinary It s not a message book, even though there are lots of things being Asian, homophobia, being queer, bullying, teen suicide, rumors, divorce, being overweight that could be turned into big Issues to Teach a Lesson, but they re not They re just part of what happens That s part of what makes this feel like a story about teens rather than a story particularly for teens though it s not inappropriate for teens by any means return return I really love the art, too The style is obviously Japanese influencedbut not manga influenced Take a look at the cover here, which immediately calls to mind traditional Japanese paintings It makes for a rather unique comic style and I really enjoyed it


  9. says:

    This is one of my new favorite graphic novels It is _so_much_better_ than the Minx graphic novel by the same author Emiko Superstar The art is beautiful, great lines strong white spaces The emotions are pure The cover art did not really engage me at all, but don t judge this book by its cover The cover doesn t really do justice to the story and illustrations inside It s about a teen girl in high school Skim who dabbles with Wicca, tries to make sense of her sexuality, and navigat This is one of my new favorite graphic novels It is _so_much_better_ than the Minx graphic novel by the same author Emiko Superstar The art is beautiful, great lines strong white spaces The emotions are pure The cover art did not really engage me at all, but don t judge this book by its cover The cover doesn t really do justice to the story and illustrations inside It s about a teen girl in high school Skim who dabbles with Wicca, tries to make sense of her sexuality, and navigates the dangerous waters of teen girl unpopularity Skim has a crush on her art teacher that stabbed me right in the guts of every memory I have of my high school crushes on girls It s a little bit Heathers peppered with teen suicide references, and the annoying chipper life affirming aftermath , but Tamaki avoids the trap of the 1980s and rich white girl


  10. says:

    Being neither a teenage girl nor overly sympathetic toward the needlessly mopey, I am pretty clearly not the target audience for Skim I m sure that if I were of like age, culture, and circumstance with Skim s lead, Kimberly Keiko Cameron, I might find the book soul piercing and intelligent But I m not and so I don t.There is one singular obstacle facing any author who hopes to present a story featuring realistically portrayed teenagers teens are uninteresting Their problems are generally ove Being neither a teenage girl nor overly sympathetic toward the needlessly mopey, I am pretty clearly not the target audience for Skim I m sure that if I were of like age, culture, and circumstance with Skim s lead, Kimberly Keiko Cameron, I might find the book soul piercing and intelligent But I m not and so I don t.There is one singular obstacle facing any author who hopes to present a story featuring realistically portrayed teenagers teens are uninteresting Their problems are generally overblown trivialities Their insights are comically common, with the depth of a drying brook Their social perception is little better than that of gradeschoolers and what growth exists is generally diminished by an acute absence of wisdom It s good then that most authors diminish the realism of their teenage protagonists for the sake of their story, substituting instead younger versions of their adult selves.I mean, it s fine to have the occasional literary novel posit a realistic kid just so readers unfamiliar with our younger world companions will remember that teenagers are really just like adults minus the perspective, wisdom, and restraint that experience grants those who live to be older than teenagers But really, do we needHarry Potter Book Fives Because in case you forgot, Harry was a repellent little punk in that book Whiny, moody, reckless, selfish, and irritable Harry was not someone whom I really wanted to spend that entire book with.And it s pretty much the same thing with Skim.Kim, as protagonist, is not someone who captures reader interest She bears the typical marks of teen self righteousness, believing herself wise and aloof, better than those around her She describes herself in that perfectly elitist manner that seems unique to those who haven t really seen much of the world as a freak, as someone whom those around her could never possibly understand even if given the time an infinite number of monkeys are usually allotted to complete literary masterworks She s kind of areserved, less acerbic, less funny version of Ghost World s Enid She s also a bit of a dilettante, dabbling in the arts and in an amateurish brand of Wicca she has an altar in her bedroom, goes to the woods to summon a recently deceased student, and wears charms meant to bring her love She s exactly as miserable as you would expect her to be She is, after all, a teenager deeply in love with herself and the prison she can turn life into No offense to Wiccans or teenagers who aren t these things In the end, her troubles are typical and her response to them expected There is no story to her story Skim might as well be biography for how mundane it all is biography of a perfectly average life with nothing to recommend it There s a reason that people don t read biographies of the average person, that they don t salivate to discover what occurs next in the life of Joe the bus driver or Cheryl the data analyst or Tom the elementary school custodian It s not that such people can t be fascinating on an individual level or don t lead wholly worthwhile lives It sjust that their stories aren t different enough from our own to merit our interest.Now don t read me as saying there s no place for teenagers or average people or mundane stories in fiction Great literature is lousy with the stuff The problem is when these stories either don t take their characters to new places or, in choosing to maroon their characters in personal stagnation, have nothing to add to the human conversation If a Cheryl the data analyst story chronicling the humdrum of the day in and out had a point or explored Cheryl in an interesting fashion or gave us a better view of ourselves, then maybe a story about Cheryl would merit the pages devoted to her Stories don t have to be all about churning out one exciting event after another Things besides plot are allowed to arc An interesting bit of insight or turn of character could have turned Skim around in a heartbeat or at least nudged it in the right direction I kept waiting for that to come Note to teachers it s never appropriate to kiss your students in the woods Even if it s a lesbian kiss.Despite the fact that Skim, as a story, fails to generate anything better than ambivalence toward its characters plights, the book s dialogue is competent enough None of the characters seem overblown or outlandish and there s not a lot of the kind of unbelievable soliloquy that often inhabits the day in the life genre writer Mariko Tamaki saves that for the journal entry narration that interprets all events for us Really, I could see almost everything in this book actually happening and I could believe that a sixteen year old would write about these things in this manner Unfortunately, I think Skim could use a little less believability.Really, it s a shame about the story And not just because I had to read through the entire thing Artist Jillian Tamaki does a beautiful job with the script she s given Her characters flow naturally and her balance of white and black and midtones set a number of visually impressive stages She excels especially in her drawings of the woods, lending a very organic sense to these two dimensional representations Actually, the same could be said for some of her figure work as well Particularly, the way in which she renders Kim in soft, rounded lines gives the girl a sense of believability Strange how I m praising believability in the art but lashing out against it in the writing,but that s just the way this one falls out.I am not the target audience for Skim The only problem is that I m not sure who is Maybe a very particular sort of teenager or an adult attached to re evaluating their own pasts through the mistakes of fictional characters could find its contents invigourating Maybe I m not being generous enough But at the end of the day, while the book has certain qualities to recommend it, Skim was a chore for me to finish and so I m hard pressed to recommend the book to anyone review courtesy of Good Ok Bad


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