• Sarah Taphom


I was lucky enough to win a giveaway Maggie Thrash did on Instagram, receiving a black-and-white ARC of this book, as well as a gay af bracelet, which I love.

I can't wait to see her launch in about a week, because Maggie is an icon we all stan (who else would read bad reviews of her own book???)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Sarah's Sucky Summary: This sequel to Honor Girl (which I also loved) follows an angsty teenage Maggie as she navigates her mental illness with a surreal ghost boy.

This book means the world to me. We follow teenage Maggie as she struggles connecting with her absent parents, and to control her depression, which everyone either doesn't believe she has or offers horrid solutions.

One of the most damning panels is when she searches for a cure on the Internet, only to be told by a garish website just to drink water.

There's more to this book too, like body image struggles, sexuality, and the overall badness of being a individual in a world that would rather you be like everybody else.

She also acknowledges her privilege of growing up rich, and not understanding what it could mean to have no money, which I thought was powerful, because we understand that people don't understand/shy away from white privilege or rich privilege, but there are panels where she stands up to the racists at her school, with no benefit to her own well-being.

Also, I've also had to deal with school admin that were SO focused on making sure their student body went to college that nothing else mattered to them. You weren't a student, or even a person. You were a statistic.

Growing up is scary, but it's something we all have to do, even if we don't want to. This book captures the essence of what it's like to live on the border of child and adult, the sheltered world and the real one. And more than anything, what it means to be so scared of the future, you'd rather pretend it wasn't happening.

Teenage Maggie saw the ugliness of the world without ever being taken seriously, and if that's not the most frustrating thing about being a teen, I don't know what is.

f t c: I won this book free of charge in a giveaway.


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