by Maggie Thrash
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve read my fair share of gay teen love stories and generally find them intense and satisfying, but something about this one didn’t hit quite as hard. I’m not sure what it is. I think from the beginning, I found the pictures hard to follow – I thought Maggie was a boy at first, even though she’s wearing a skirt in the first scene. I had trouble telling some of the other characters apart. Aside from that, I wasn’t sure exactly what the author was trying to get across, which may come more from my experience being in fiction form, rather than memoir. The ending was anticlimactic but it’s hard to get mad about that since it was her life that just didn’t tie up neatly. Or maybe I’ve just been reading too much middle grade fiction where things tie up very neatly all the time.
All that being said, Honor Girl is pretty solid. It’s a quick read, as are many graphic novels. I liked that Maggie has a good friend at camp who is there for her, as opposed to the younger (and much more immature) Bethany. It reminded me in parts of This One Summer with the younger annoying friend. I also liked that the reader, along with Maggie, didn’t feel Maggie worthy of the title Honor Girl, even though in retrospect she absolutely did earn it. It’s just that ending that really bugged me, even if it did have good foreshadowing.