True Stories Fall Blog Tour
Are you eager for some true stories to curl up by the fire with this fall? Then you are in luck because Zest Books has those in spades! Whether you're into heroic animal stories, the dark side of love, or the trials of growing up, these true stories have it all.
Today I'm featuring Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
Author: Liz Prince
Release date: September 2, 2014
Published by: ZestBooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Liz Prince refused to wear dresses growing up, and pretty soon she was exactly one of the guys...but was she? And did she really want to be? Were there others like her out there? Or was she just a freak? Was it all just hopeless because it sure feels that way in middle school when you don't fit in anywhere!?
My thoughts: This was an interesting one! I read this one last night and this morning and really liked it. It actually made me think of a family member who's very young right now and fits this personality perfectly! She wears ALL boy clothing, even boys swim trunks and tops for the pool. I kept thinking about where her life will go and wondering if she is a boy stuck in a girl's body, or she is truly just a girl who loves boy stuff.
When I was growing up, which seemed to be about the same time-frame as the author, I too was a big tomboy wearing jeans and t-shirts but I also wore dresses to church, weddings, etc. for my mother and did all the things I was taught to do as a young lady. Went through a kissing streak like the author that has never really ended. I also loved snakes, lizards, DIRT, and all those things that the guys did including the fact that I never fit in with girls. They were just never my hang out thing. It never worked out. I don't know if it's the "cattiness", "nastiness" or the gossip, probably not the gossip because honestly some guys are the worst gossips ever! :) Anyway, guys are just simple. Now that I'm an adult and forced to be with both men and women, mostly women, in my profession I honestly struggle. I have a very hard time connecting. I can dress the dress, because I know how to "fake it until I make it" but it's not really me. If you could see my skin you'd know that the perfect outfits, shoes, etc. are SO NOT the real me. I mean my whole back is covered in tattoos! ;) I do love getting my nails done, but they always have black in them along with the pink. I have CRAZY curly hair that never behaves, and have a REALLY hard time keeping my language appropriate.
Anyway, my point is that it was VERY HARD growing up through everyone else's expectations of what a girl/woman "should be", or "should look like". I completely got that part. Kids are VICIOUS! Those bus scenes were very SPOT ON! I have rearranged our whole lives so that my girls do not have to ride the bus for any reason if possible not only because of my past experiences like this author's, but also because of my daughter's in only two years of riding only in the mornings. Once you get to a point where you realize that you can wear what you want (within reason depending on your job, etc.) and that it's really only YOU who you need to worry about then you are a much happier human.
BUT, this is such a long hard journey...I'm hoping that this book would help those who are in that middle where they are feeling lost and alone realize there ARE others out there! :) You are not alone and it does get better someday! This will be a good addition to our library.
is an autobiographical cartoonist who currently lives outside of Boston, MA, with her two cats, Wolfman and Dracula. Her first book, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut in 2005. She has since published the comic strip collections Delayed Replays and Alone Forever. She has drawn comics for the wildly popular Adventure Time comic series, is a regular contributor to Razorcake magazine, and self-publishes her own comics and zines. She is still a tomboy, and can frequently be found shopping in the boys' section at thrift stores.
Be sure to visit the rest of the tour stops...
Sept. 25 - Book Fidelity on Tomboy
Oct. 3 - conniewithay on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Oct. 6 - The Reading Date on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 7 - Libby Blog on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 8 - The Reading Date on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Oct. 9 - Book Referees on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 10 - Allison's Book Bag on Daisy to the Rescue & interview
Oct. 11 - 1977books on Tomboy with giveaway & interview
Oct. 13 - Bitches n' Prose on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway & interview
Oct. 14 - Book Fidelity on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Oct. 15 - Batch of Books on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Oct. 16 - River City Reading on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Confessions of a Fiction Shopaholic Foodie interviews author
Oct. 17 - Book-alicious Mama on Tomboy with giveaway & interview
Oct. 18 - Live to Read on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 19 - The Reading Vixens on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 20 - 1977books on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway & interview
Oct. 21 - Libby Blog on Alice + Freda Forever and Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Mother Daughter Book Club on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 22 - Book Fidelity on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Mother Daughter Book Club interview of author Liz Prince
Oct. 23 - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales on Tomboy and Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Oct. 24 - Hi, Miss Julie! on Daisy to the Rescue
Oct. 27 - Hi, Miss Julie! on Alice + Freda Forever and interview of author Alexis Coe
Oct. 28 - Live to Read on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Oct. 29 - Live to Read on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia on Tomboy with giveaway
Oct. 30 - Ink and Page on Tomboy with giveaway & interview
Oct. 31 - Book Referees on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
proseandkahn on Tomboy
Nov. 1 - The Busy Mom's Kitchen on Tomboy and Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway & interview
Good Books and Good Wine on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Good Books and Good Wine on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Nov. 2 - The Reading Vixens on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Nov. 3 - Bitches n' Prose on Tomboy with giveaway
sarah HANNAH gomez on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Nov. 4 - Actin' Up with Books on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Nov. 5 - Concert Katie on Tomboy
Nov. 6 - Beauty and the Bookshelf on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway & interview
sarah HANNAH gomez on Tomboy with giveaway
Nov. 7 - Book-alicious Mama on Daisy to Rescue with giveaway & interview
Nov. 8 - Not My Typewriter on Tomboy with giveaway
Nov. 10 - Book Referees on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Good Books & Good Wine on Tomboy with giveaway
Nov. 11 - Actin' Up with Books on Tomboy with giveaway
Nov. 12 - The Book Rat on Tomboy and Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway
Nov. 13 - Actin' Up with Books on Daisy to the Rescue with giveaway
Nov. 14 - Book-alicious Mama on Alice + Freda Forever with giveaway & interview
Nov. 15 - You Decide: Should I Read it or Not? on Alice + Freda Forever