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When I picked up Skim I knew it was something special. A Gothic Lolita lesbian love story set in high school, how could one resist? Flipping through each mesmerizing page drawn by Jillian Tamaki, I got the same feeling I had when I watched My So-Called Life in 1994. I loved it!

Although Skim is fiction, just like the TV show My So-Called Life, the dialogue and characters look and feel so real. And when Skim ended, I was a little devastated, feeling the same teenage attachment that boiled up inside of me when My So-Called Life abruptly ended. I mean, how unfair, right when Angela Chase hooks up with Jordan Catalano. Again, I felt like it wasn’t really over, but it was.

If you want to learn more about Skim, just read the cover story and go out and buy the book. Then I want you to start a petition to get Mariko and Jillian Tamaki to write another book about Skim. Thanks! (Erin Kobayashi)

by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, $18.95, 144 pgs, Groundwood Books, 110 Spadina Ave., Suite 801, Toronto, ON, M5V 2K4,

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