Honor Girl

Finished Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.

This is my favorite graphic novel, by a lot.  I know that seems like damning with faint praise because, as you know, I am not a fan of graphic novels.  But even if I were, I think this would be my favorite anyway.

My ARC has the drawings in black and white; the final book will be in color.  The drawings were stunning already and I can’t even imagine how pretty they’ll be in color.

But what’s even better is the story itself.  I never went to summer camp, but this made me feel like I was there.  And of course I do understand how it feels to fall in love with a girl.

Maggie is pretty stunned—she’d never thought about girls that way before.  So is she a lesbian or is she just in love with Erin?

This is a sweet story and a realistic one.  I’m excited to see more from Maggie Thrash.

Recommended.

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