Hi! I actually had a lot more but sticking to an upload schedule is A Challenge, so expect a part two I guess?
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo: This graphic novel is a retelling of the classic book Little Women, dealing with the lives of the four March sisters growing up with their father in the military and their mother working long hours. The book isn’t really about writing/art, but Jo and Amy are interested in writing and art, respectively and this is a large part of their lives. ALSO I’D DIE FOR JO, thank you and goodbye.
The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley: an autobiographical graphic novel about teenage Jimmy’s journey to self-publish his own comic book. I think this book realistically portrays what it’s like to be both a teenager and an artist trying to find your way in the world- the contrast between the spirals of self-doubt when things go wrong and the way you feel on top of the world when things go right.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A novel in verse about Xiomara (X), a Dominican teenage girl who uses poetry to figure out the world around her: her abusive mother and distant father, her relationship with religion, her “genius” twin brother and the boy she likes. Poetry is a way for X to express herself in a world that sees her as a body first and a person second. There aren’t enough books about young poets in my opinion, especially female poets and poets of color, but we do exist!
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova: A graphic novel about Peppi, a shy, self-described “pushover” just trying to fit in at school, make friends, and not get into too much drama. But then the Art Club, which Peppi is a part of, gets into a BLOOD FEUD with the Science Club, which her friend Jaime is a part of. But are art and science really that different? And can Peppi and Jaime negotiate WORLD PEACE (okay not really) before the school club fair?
Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey by Akiko Higashimura: This manga is about high-school aged Akiko’s journey to become a manga artist, and her grumpy art teacher. Despite never having gone to art school himself and alternating between yelling at his art students and pointing swords at them (yes, swords. ACTUAL SWORDS.), he helped Akiko on her artistic journey and taught her discipline.
What did you think of these books if you’ve read them? Have you read any books about creative teens recently? If so, what did you think?