A review by kays_reading_journal
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash



This graphic memoir tells the tale of Maggie’s discovery of her sexuality between the ages of 15-17. I enjoyed the writing style and the voice that shined through. Despite popular opinion, the art style didn’t really bother me once I got into the story. 

The major problem I had with this memoir was the relationship at the center. I was really excited to read a self-discovery/ coming out story when I picked this up, but that joy was overshadowed by the inappropriate relationship at the center. 

I understand that this is a memoir and is nonfiction, but this toxic dynamic wasn’t frowned upon. The only character who pointed out the issue also went about it in a homophobic way, in a way that conveyed to the reader she was wrong about everything. 

If this memoir had included just one little part in the future of the author pointing out the toxicity, I probably would’ve rated this much higher. But unfortunately, I believe this book will be advertised to younger kids, and the unhealthy relationship is romanticized too much for me to feel comfortable recommending this to anyone. 

I think Thrash is a really good storyteller. This felt like I was being told a tale of someone’s past while sitting around a bonfire in summer. If anything, the art style helped immerse the reader in the teen summer camp setting. 

Again, just one page stating the relationship is an unhealthy one would’ve made my rating at least 4.5⭐️

P.s. it seems like a lot of reviewers didn’t realize this is nonfiction. 

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