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The Girl from the Sea (edição 2021)

por Molly Knox Ostertag (Autor), Molly Knox Ostertag (Autor)

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Título:The Girl from the Sea
Autores:Molly Knox Ostertag (Autor)
Outros autores:Molly Knox Ostertag (Autor)
Informação:Graphix (2021), 256 pages
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Molly Knox Ostertag is creating the LGBT graphic novels I wish I had when I was a teenager. Having previously read “Witch Boy” I was already familiar with Ostertag’s works and I picked up a copy of “The Girl from the Sea” as soon as I was able. This book broke my heart in the best ways possible. I was crying bittersweet tears as I closed book and stepped out of the semi-fantastical world. Its such a cute awkward teenage romance that is beautifully illustrated, I personally really loved the way the eyes were drawn.

I can honestly say “The Girl from the Sea” is one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. Even with bookmark in hand I could not find a reason to put this beautifully Illustrated graphic novel down. As queer person from a small town I felt a strong connection to the main character, being queer and from a small town is hard and can be terrifying, even deadly. I say this as I’ve read several books that boasted about the queerness in their pages only to have their queer characters face homophobia with horrific consequences. There are too many authors writing queer stories about teenage romances that bank on homophobia as the main source of conflict.

However, Ostertag has shown in “The Girl from the Sea” that homophobia is not integral to queer stories. The book follows Morgan a normal 15 year old girl from a small island town with a broken family and a big secret and Keltie a selkie. Like many queer people Morgan dreams of moving away after high school and living as herself. (As I’ve mentioned her reason for not coming out is not fear of homophobia, but rather the fear of being other/ different. This is a fear nearly every teenager has because teenagers are ruthless it is not just a queer experience) Keltie on the other hand is very different from Morgan not just in the obvious way but also in that she is unafraid of being herself. By the end of the story both girls have grown into different but better people for having met each other.

And that is all I will say because I do not want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. ( )
  EllielElf | Jul 10, 2021 |
Molly Knox Ostertag is pretty darn reliable at this point. This may not be her strongest book, with a few more clunks than clicks in the plot, but it has a little romance, a little adventure, and a whole lotta heart. A closeted teen is surprised by the reappearance of a mysterious girl she briefly met once seven years ago. A cute mysterious girl.

I really enjoyed the main characters (though the side characters were pretty stock) and hope there is a sequel in the future. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jun 12, 2021 |
Book. Of. The. Year! I'm seriously crying over how beautiful The Girl from the Sea is. It's very moving, romantic, funny and artistic. Themes are real, relatable and relevant. It makes you want to immediately go back and read it over again. Honestly, I would give this book to any young person or anyone interested in marine mythology. So well executed. I enjoyed Witch Boy, but The Girl from the Sea is an absolute treasure. ( )
  senbei | Jun 8, 2021 |
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for the outing of a character without her permission.)

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Kwon may live on a magical island, but her life is hardly a paradise: her parents recently got divorced, with dad beating a hasty retreat to the mainland; her once-sweet little brother, Aiden, is now angry and sullen and prone to acting out; her best friends don't really understand her; and she's got a huge secret that she can't share with anyone. Instead, she keeps her life compartmentalized, separate pieces of herself packed neatly away into little boxes - boxes that threaten to erupt when Morgan comes face to face with Keltie, the mysterious girl who saved her from drowning when she was nine years old. The impossible girl who Morgan thought was a hallucination.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smiteme/51226299170/

When Morgan slips on the rocks and is nearly lost to the sea a second time, Keltie resurfaces, throwing Morgan's plans to "just get by" - until she leaves Wilneff Island behind: for college, for good - to the wind. Despite her best efforts at apathy, Morgan finds herself falling for his beautiful girl - a girl who's not quite human. (In a funny-sad kind of way, Morgan's more afraid what her friends and family will think of her dating a girl than a selkie!)

As it turns out, Keltie has a secret of her own - one that just might tear Morgan's friend group apart, or even threaten the safety of the human inhabitants of the island.

I had high hopes for THE GIRL FROM THE SEA, and Molly Ostertag does not disappoint: I don't know which is more lovely, the story or the artwork!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smiteme/51226299160/

Keltie's sea home - complete with baby seals! - is enchanting, and I adore her origin story (there's a pretty great reveal at the end). Her design is pretty great: in the extras, Ostertag says that she wanted Keltie to have a "surfer girl look" with "tangled, sun-bleached hair, and a tan from being outside all the time." She's also got some pretty muscular legs, which I would kill (but not exercise, lol) for. Her freckles, which are a nod to her seal relatives, are pretty cute as well. She has this big, happy energy that seems like it would be infectious AF IRL.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smiteme/51226299150/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smiteme/51225441888/

Ostertag handles Morgan's coming out with humor and tenderness; I both snorted and teared up at her mom's reaction. Likewise, her friends are pretty supportive overall; any ill will between the young women mostly arises from other conflicts and misunderstandings.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smiteme/51226299140/

To that end, my only real complaint is that it was entirely too easy to solve Keltie's dilemma, to the point of being anticlimactic. (Rich people don't play like that, okay.) But I do get it: this is a sweet and lighthearted romcom about a girl and her selkie, and a rookery of dead seals (or some random acts of so-called eco-terrorism) would be a mood killer. ( )
  smiteme | Jun 4, 2021 |
Morgan is ready to escape the island that she lives on, and her family. Morgan has lots of secrets, but the biggest one might be that she wants to kiss another girl. One day she is saved by a girl named Keltie, and they find out that together they have many secrets they have both been trying to hide.
  Jessica0614 | Jun 3, 2021 |
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For my parents and the home they made on Wilneff Island. And for Noelle, who came into my life like a storm from the sea.
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now that summer vacation has officially begun . . . meet me in town tomorrow
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