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Elizabeth SpiresThe black and white pictures …create a nuanced, three-dimensional portrait of Skim, conveying a great deal of information often without the help of the text…Graphic novels, by the nature of their form, often use as little text as possible; the dialogue is sometimes hardly more than a serviceable vehicle to drive the action. In Skim, however, the spare dialogue is just right, capturing the cynical and biting way that Skim and her classmates tend to talk to one another…All in all, Skim offers a startlingly clear and painful view into adolescence for those of us who possess it only as a distant memory. It's a story that deepens with successive rereadings. But what will teenagers think? Maybe that they've found a bracingly honest story by a writer who seems to remember exactly what it was like to be 16 and in love for the first time.
—The New York Times