With the wispy watercolor illustrations and peep-hole vignettes of several characters encircling each other, this graphic novel is raw, painful, explicit, and also offers a starlight pinhole of hope. Another remarkable story that's intimate with transness, queerness, and sex work, for trans people by trans people.
What I love most about this book is how versatile it is -- kiddos, adults who are new to art making, and seasoned creatives alike can all artistically grow within the pages of this book, and have a lot of fun doing it. There was more joy within these pages than some of the studio classes I took in art school -- which brought me back to why I make art in the first place. I can't recommend it enough.
This graphic novel is an adorable queer sapphic trans story that sensitively and knowingly portrays the nuances of the struggles and joys some trans folks experience when coming out during adolescence. Finally, after years of so many hetero- and cisnormative love stories, we can add this gem to the small but growing pile of cute, funny, sappy YA love stories. I can't stop putting this in the hands of all of my pals.
This book is a tender, sincere, queer love story that I wish I could have read as a child or teen, with stellar art to boot! Ostertag really nailed the queer joy and longing to live authentically that I think many young LGBTQ+ kids, teens, and adults hope for. I hope this book will make you weep and smile like it did for me :)