I have never related to someone more than Liz.Continue reading “Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir”
A graphic novel about a group of friends in their thirties that’s fun and messy just like the real thing.
I gotta say, I do love a queer found family. This book starts us off with a friend meal where we establish the characters and what their current wants are. Each character is unique and has their role to play, and I loved that while there were clearly defined character roles, there were enough blurred lines to accurately reflect how people in real life don’t just fall into neat character boxes.
The main plot of this is about how all of these friends keep themselves above water while navigating really difficult aspects of their lives. Chris is a recently divorced single parent, Elise has a crush on her boss and is desperate for a promotion, Jo works at a rock camp with kids and also has a dominatrix “OnlyFans”, and Alex is an artist that seems to never have money or worry about money. In order to help each other find love, they decide to host an old adults only night at a queer club. Which sounds fun, but things may not go as planned.
I enjoyed seeing these characters interact, and I enjoyed watching them make good and bad decisions for their lives. The character relationships felt very real. They lifted each other up, but also let each other down. Personally, I believe it is important to show that while we love people, we can do a bad job of showing it. AND when we don’t communicate our needs and expect people to read our minds, we get hurt. All valuable lessons to be learned.
My biggest gripe with this book is that there is one relationship that is Not Good and no one calls it out for what it is. One person does say that it’s a bad idea for a specific reason, but not for the other very valid and very real reasons. Like… this is not a good idea for many reasons people!!! We should not be letting our friends do something like this! (Obviously our friends are independent people who make their own decisions, but I would definitely sit my friend down and tell them how bad of an idea this is.)
If you enjoy graphic novels and stories about queer people in their thirties, I think there is no other place to look than right here. Mimosa is fun and hard-hitting and will make you smile and shake your head. Give this a go if for no other reason than to support nonbinary authors.
Weasels in the Attic
Three separate yet connected short stories that show the cultural expectations of women.Continue reading “Weasels in the Attic”
Moon of the Crusted Snow
It’s the end of the world, but an isolated Anishinaabe tribe doesn’t know it… yet.Continue reading “Moon of the Crusted Snow”
If you’ve ever wanted to be a mermaid, or believed your true form was a mermaid, then I think you’ll relate to our main character in this story.Continue reading “Chlorine”
A collection of creepy, feminist short stories from one of my new favorite authors. What more could I want?Continue reading “Salt Slow”
A modern day vampire who is just as lost as the rest of us, but is maybe dealing with a challenge that none of us have.Continue reading “Woman, Eating”
If you want to read a book with a refreshing perspective, then pick this book up.Continue reading “True Biz”
Weaving together different forms of art with gender exploration, Endpapers sets out to ask us: Who are we?Continue reading “Endpapers”
I’ve been OBSESSED with The Last of Us on HBO, and I heard that The Road by Cormac McCarthy was a great book to read if you like the show. That’s all I needed to hear in order to pick it up.Continue reading “The Road”