Tomboy: By Liz Prince, 255 pgs. By Simon Sotelo

Feb 02, 2015

Have you ever felt alone? Not lonely, but during those tough times you had no one to relate to, as if you were the only one of your kind? You’re a puzzle piece that was thrown into the wrong box, but that didn’t stop anyone from forcing you to fit in. Liz Prince does an amazing job chronicling the uncomfortable and alienating childhood she experienced being a girl and wearing boy’s clothes. Not to be confused with a boy trapped in a girl’s body, but rather not finding value, necessity, or truth in the constructs girls are forced into their whole lives. There are some girls who will prefer action movies and toy trucks instead of pink flowers and fairy wings, but what are the chances that these tomboys will be able feel normal? Long story short: kids are assholes. Being a kid is hard even for those who feel like they fit into gender norms. Tomboy is a real page-turner, full of fun nostalgia and heartbreaking memories that remind me of my own boyish childhood. The only downside I found in this book was that it ended way too fast. Liz Prince is a great storyteller—it’s not just because her childhood was similar to mine—she brings the right amount of wit, humor, and realism to every panel. –Simon Sotelo (

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