All the trauma of teenage life comes to the fore in this critically acclaimed graphic novel. Kim, aka Skim, is a teenage girl destined to be marked as "weird", at least according to her own mind. She is fairly quiet around all, except her one friend, and a kind female teacher whom she falls for. Due to this, and her belief in wicca, many make assumptions about her with their constant talk of how she is quite likely to commit suicide. On the other hand, her thoughts make it clear that she is far from this, thus pointing to the unreliability of stereotyping. She too, is not above being prejudiced, as she often makes comments to herself about those of the popular clique. The suicide of a fellow student, and its subsequent events reveal a completely different side to one of these girls though, and Kim soon finds a true friend in her. For this emotional-filled ride, the artist uses a delicately-inked black and white style with a classical Asian flare. The comic itself acts like Skim's physical diary, as she scratches out words, and changes her thoughts. She reports on her day to day life, family problems, and personal issues in this diary. Through all the alienation, she tries to come to terms with her life, love, and those around her. Despite being fiction, Skim's down to earth realism, and use of Kim as the narrator, gives it the feel of an autobiography.

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