Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Token by Alisa Kwitney & Joelle Jones

TokenToken by Alisa Kwitney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1987 and Shira Spektor lives is an apartment building with her father, her grandmother and an eccentric, but lovable old movie star, Minerva. Shira spends most of her days with her grandmother and Minerva, which certainly doesn't prepare her for dealing with the here and now at her private Jewish high school with your typical mean girls and jocks. She's never even had a real first kiss! As Shira's father becomes more and more distant and critical while also getting closer to his secretary, she finds her own way to feel good by shoplifting and discovering her first love with a dark, young Spaniard.
This was a lovely little story. This one of the better young adult graphic novels I've come across. Good plot, good sketches, good all around. I loved the added element of the grandmother and old actress neighbor who take the place of her mother who died years before. I loved these characters.

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