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Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

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robinks's review against another edition

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emotional reflective fast-paced


The art style wasn’t my favorite, and it spoke to a specific white, female, queer experience. However, Maggie’s internal monologues eloquently described the experience of a teen crush.

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carleesi's review against another edition

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challenging emotional sad slow-paced
I feel uncomfortable writing this review because it is the author’s memoir of her youth and it’s her story to tell. She doesn’t seem to see the relationship she depicts as problematic - in fact, the only character who calls the adult who flirts with a 15 year old a predator is horrifically homophobic so her assessment is clearly undermined by that.

As an adolescent coming of age/discovering of sexuality this was a powerful story. For me it falls into the same category as Call Me By Your Name. As a queer woman I know it’s harder to find yourself as an adolescent, but that makes queer adolescents far more vulnerable and this story seemed to be an example of that.

The author’s insecurities and anxieties about the predatory relationship highlight the age and maturity difference. The need to be seen as older and mature, the constant feeling that the child didn’t do “enough”, the self-doubt about when to make a move.

Even the conversation at the end when they are 17 and 21 was just so uncomfortable. One is talking about teaching high level mathematics at college while the other is talking about failing her SATs.

I would absolutely read more by this author. I loved her illustrations and my heart ached for the young Maggie she depicted in this book, the bullying, the homophobia, the confusion, the fear, the joy. I wish it had been an entirely unrequited crush and not… whatever it was

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courtneyfalling's review against another edition

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emotional fast-paced


I loved the camp setting of this memoir, and the art style matched it pretty well. I was reminded the whole time of my own intense camp experiences and emotions... the way scenes occur and things get talked about with friends, in this all-encompassing and traditionally weird environment, feels very authentic to summer camp.
SpoilerAnd I liked the unresolved, kind of embarrassing ending. It felt authentic to the letdown endings real life often offers, and anything else (like a "this is what I learned" moral) would've been too much.
But the age gap between Maggie and Erin wasn't ever addressed in an appropriate way. The only character who really expresses concern about the huge age and maturity gap is painted as a homophobic jerk... And while I get this is nonfiction, you can't change what happened, I do feel like you can offer a slightly critical lens on your past experiences, you can comment on the age gap more than it felt like this framing allowed. 

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