Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir By Liz Prince
Published 26 Aug 2014 By Zest Books
Summary: 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.”
I’m so happy I picked up Tomboy. Tomboy is another memoir written in graphic novel form and I’ve come to love this form of memoir. The illustrations bring the story to life and makes the story accessible. Tomboy, as the title suggests is about Liz Price’s childhood as a tomboy. She doesn’t fall into any of the categories — Liz simply likes boy clothes, boy toys and liked being friends with boys. But when you’re a kid and you don’t like wearing dresses as a girl, you get bullied for being different. And that’s exactly what happened to Liz.
Liz struggles with bullying and finding her identity. She doesn’t fit in with the boys (because she’s a girl) and she doesn’t fit in with the girls (because she doesn’t like dresses) — so what exactly is she?
I enjoyed how the story progressed. Liz eventually found people who accepted her and loved her for who she is. She eventually became comfortable in her own skin and showed much character development. I loved how one of her friends asked her if she hated girls or if she hated the expectations put on girls by society. Tomboy doesn’t only have a great moral but it also makes you think about our society, their expectations and trying to live up to its status quo.
The key take-away from this memoir is that you can get bullied for anything, but one should stand their ground and be themselves. Tomboy has a great message and can help so many kids growing up who feel pressured to stick to the status quo. Perhaps the only qualm is that it does contain swearing and may come off as inappropriate for kids — so exercise caution — but keep in mind that it is only a minor issue. But if you don’t mind it so much, I would highly recommend this for kids and adults alike.
The story as a whole has much to offer and delivers the story of bullying with a punch. It is a raw and honest memoir of a tomboy and it discusses issues that are still prevalent in our current society.