Full Title: Tomboy: a graphic memoir
By: Zest Books
This is a great “doodle-style” (this is what I’m calling it, don’t hate) comic book on the author’s short life as she recounts her childhood and adolescence and her experiences with wanting to just be a girl by her own standards, and not by the one society pressures a person to be.
Bullying. Social awkwardness. Friendships. Boyfriends. Heartbreaks, and all those other things growing up entails, but mostly bullying. In this case, Liz was brought up in a very Liberal household where her parents didn’t expect her to do or be anything she didn’t want. But the kids at school saw this as strange or “not normal”. Liz played with Ghostbusters action figures and read comic books, she felt uncomfortable in dresses, and couldn’t understand why boys and girls couldn’t just be friends.
While all her friends were developing and wearing tank tops and skirts, and going through multiple boyfriends and losing their virginity, Liz was there. She was trying to figure out what she wanted to be without having to change her identity.
And that’s the whole point of this book! That regardless of what society expects us to be, we should be who we want to be, not the other way around. Liz still proudly sports her “boyish” appearance, and she’s comfortable as is, what more can you ask for?