Skim: Or The sting of unrequited love when you're 16

Skim - Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

This book was like a time capsule for me. I could relate to the main character, Skim, so much that it was almost like thumbing through an old journal of my own. Skim is a Wiccan goth queer outcast in high school, in the early 90s, which pretty much sums up my own adolescence. I can honestly say I've never read a story that taps into what that feels like so honestly. Overblown teen emotions and all. I have no idea if this book would speak to others the way it did me, but I was transported back in time to what it feels like to be 16, in love, heartbroken, confused, and in a state of transformation. The art is intriguing and drew me in, and the story is told journal style. Often what isn't said is just as important as what is, and there are lots of quiet moments where the story breathes. Overall it was such a lovely read that I don't mind being left feeling somewhat maudlin and nostalgic.