Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

by Liz Prince

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Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, but she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either (as she learned when her little league baseball coach exiled her to the distant outfield). She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, the middle wasn't an easy place to be. Tomboy follows award-winning author and artist Liz Prince through her early years and explores—with humor, honesty, and poignancy—what it means to "be a girl."
From staunchly refuting "girliness" to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, Tomboy offers a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of self-discovery in modern America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936976553
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 76,341
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Liz Prince is the Ignatz Award-winning author of Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf Productions, 2005), the world's cutest relationship comic. She is a regular columist for Razorcake magazine, has drawn covers and stories for the wildly popular Adventure Time comics series, and is the creator of the web comic Alone Forever. She lives in Massachusetts with her two cats, Wolfman and Dracula.

Liz Prince is the Ignatz Award-winning author of Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf Productions, 2005), the world's cutest relationship comic. She is a regular columist for Razorcake magazine, has drawn covers and stories for the wildly popular Adventure Time comics series, and is the creator of the web comic Alone Forever. She lives in Massachusetts with her two cats, Wolfman and Dracula.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! I love this book so much!! Im 14 years old and im a major tomboy....i shaved my head and slipped into boyscouts. And now im in an all boys school. I guess you could say im transgender. Every activity i do (sports,programs) is all boys. So far im a boy..... i avoid the locker room though! I really hope you will enjoy it!!!! Bc i sure did! I love graphic novels!
SCHS_Reader More than 1 year ago
In my book, Tomboy a girl named Liz Price has troubles in school because as a girl wearing men's clothes, she gets made fun of by other kids. She does this because she does not like wearing dresses. The main character, Liz, also always has a hat. The main conflict in this book is when Liz goes to a new school, she gets bullied for wearing men's clothes. Although she dresses like a boy, she still goes through the trials of girlhood. In my opinion, the book Tomboy was good. I personally liked it because it doesn't hide the fact that people get bullied for wearing what they like. My main takeaway is that you shouldn't judge people for what they like. You personally may not like it but because this book is a graphic novel. If you're wondering what a graphic novel is, it is like a comic book but it is thicker and there is some inappropriate language for kids. If this doesn't bother you, then you should try reading this book .
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Reading this, I could identify with Liz on so many levels.  Myself, I was a tomboy.  I was the girl hanging with the boys during recess, playing baseball with them or playing with cars in the dirt.  I was the one shunned by the girls from about mid-first grade, through 8th grade.  I can still remember the hurt I felt, coming back from summer vacation and the boys treating me differently because I was a girl and the girls being complete witches because I wasn't into all that girl stuff.  I remember being called a boy, innocently, on a few occasions. This book represents even more to me though.  I have a daughter, who is 16.  The last time she wore a dress was to a funeral in first grade.  As soon as we got home, she promptly took it off and gave it to her sister.  As a baby, she was the one with the sturdy squared off shoulders.  As a small child, she was the girl who I shopped in the boy section for.  Her sister would get a Barbie for a gift and she would get the equivalent in a Ken doll.  Pokemon, Avatar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc, were her go to items.  As a teenager, her dress style is very boyish, she likes to wear "tails" on her jeans and she has crushes on boys.  When looking at the authors picture, she could definitely be mistaken as sisters with my daughter.  Parts of this book have helped me understand my own daughter even more.  The author comes across very personable with her drawings and real life happenings.  So many boyish girls are assumed to be lesbians that it's so hard for them to accept their own identities and feel good about themselves.  I feel that this book should be required reading for all genders and starting in middle school.  It's an educational novel that doesn't feel quite like it since there are drawings, but the reader can relate because either they have been in that situation or know of someone who has been.   The memoir runs the gamut of feelings.  There are funny parts, scary parts, sibling issues, crushes, sexuality and so much more.  The author comes deals with everything in such a great way.  The graphics are spot on and you can imagine yourself there, in that moment.  An easy read, which is great for the demographic age the book is primarily focused on, that of a teenage girl finding her own identity, embracing it and understanding it.  I enjoyed the Epilogue too.  Parents, this is not a book to be afraid of when I speak of sexuality.  The author gives the reader a true sense on how there are pressures, but that you must be true to yourself and not give in to that. I really can't say enough good things about this book, it was a wonderful read and it hit on all the points of being a tomboy throughout life so well.  Tomorrow, I'm giving the book to my daughter and I know she will appreciate it and the author will have a new friend from it.  Liz Prince, thank you for showing the world the life and feelings of a true tomboy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be yourself! Yes, Liz Prince you are a gem! Such a wonderful story about Liz the author and illustrator. Growing up recalling how she wanted nothing more than to dress the way she preferred but the stigma of being a girl and expected to act and dress like one was the problem here. Kids, ahh..... yes those elementary years that causes a child to get mixed signals in their head. Was it really mixed signals? Friend and foes, why do they care how I look? Why can't they see the person inside, not the person on the outside? Or was she trying really hard to get them to see the outside more not the inside? This tale takes you on a journey through her beginnings, wanting no more than to wear boy clothes. Trusty red baseball cap, gray hand-me-down blazer, cool sneakers, totally happy just as long she don't have to wear a dress. Like Liz said, "I was born strong-willed and I was born a tomboy." I couldn't help but laugh at that! So much fun to read and humorous in so much ways. But the ugliness children experience because you are different, no matter what the difference is, kids can be so mean and that meanness create a phobia if you let it. The metaphors, absorb information like a sponge, and repeat it back to the world, "BARF." Ha ha .... hilarious! Liz make friends and a couple of them have issues, here she experience the ridicules that comes with her dress garbs. A boy falls for her but she wants to be only friends and when she falls for a boy she is told he has a girlfriend but falling for a boy doesn't stop here. Liz is maturing and she does not like it, now it's feminine things she has to worry about. Using a T-shirt to hide her body when she swims which of course weighs her down in the water. Moving away meeting new people, here she goes again and again. Bullied because of how she looks, called all kinds of stupid names. She starts to question herself. She persevere even though a bully drew first blood knocking her to the ground where she scraped her knees and hands. This story touched on so many things that only a memoir can tell the tale. Smokes and pill popping Dramamine and the middle finger and the "F" swear word mentioned three or four times, and lesbian, gayness, loser dykes, oh don't forget, "pull down your pants and show me you're a girl." You see all this had to be said in the story to make you understand the ordeal the author went through and I would not have want it any other way. Now with that said, I really enjoyed this story, even though I got really pissed Liz taking the brunt end of it. Her story maybe can transcend the message it's okay to be different, with a 'but' plastered at the end. Liz faced all the trials and tribulations growing up and the way she faced the problem or sometimes it faced her were astounding. The author is a brave one to write down the effect of being a tomboy. Now Liz decided to dress in her dad's sweater vest, blue and red striped tie, blue and gray plaid shirt with a corduroy pants. She did look like a boy though! With all her craziness going on Liz meets Harley, coolest adult ever. Zine enters Liz's life through Harley and from there Liz exploded into the world with her talent in writing and graphic drawing. Now to end my review I found this part in the book so profound, "F _ _ _ girl culture telling me how to be feminine. I don't need to look like a super model to be a girl, and yet I've been told so through societal osmosis that I do. I want to celebrate being a woman, but I'm shown all the ways that I fall short on a never ending basis." Yes, way to go Liz. Yay, still jumping up and down!!!! People judge you no matter what, they can't see what a gem you are inside. I once was judged because I looked poor, what? Words doesn't hurt, well 'WRONG.' You move on but still that little bugger stay's with you. Judgmental people should get a life, they probably don't have one so it's easier to mess around with someone else. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Liz Prince books. AWESOME READ!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you ZestBooks & Liz Prince (author of Tomboy) I received this book to blog & review with ZestBooks. Review from Darlene Cruz