Honor Girl

Honor Girl

Book - 2015
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"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" --
Published: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763673826
Branch Call Number: YA B THR
Characteristics: 267 pages :,color illustrations ;,24 cm


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Dec 05, 2018

A graphic novel memoir (comic) about a 15 year old girl from Atlanta, Georgia at a girls summer camp in Appalachia. Mostly has to do with Maggie falling in love with a female counselor from Colorado. The Appalachian setting doesn't really play a role. The art wasn't impressive, but the dialogue was funny and entertaining. Maggie is likable as a person; I could relate to her shy and serious personality, and I was rooting for her relationship to work out, even though I'm not lesbian.

May 27, 2018

In this colorful graphic memoir, Thrash describes what happened after she developed an unexpected teenage crush on a camp counselor at an isolated summer camp for girls.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

The story of the author's moment of realization, when she falls unexpectedly head-over-heels in love with her older female camp counselor. Good for anyone grappling with similar realizations, or trying to understand someone grappling with similar realizations.

Oct 06, 2017

this is a must read!!!!! :)

Oct 06, 2017

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ArapahoeJennieB May 08, 2017

A funny, sometimes awkward, heartwarming memoir about first crushes and self discovery.

Feb 11, 2017

Wow, this story was full of tension and frustration yet beauty and loveliness. It was tragic yet realistic and I liked that. I didn't relate to some of the summer camp stuff, but mostly because I have never been to summer camp. Also the petty girl BS was annoying. But I loved the development of the main character and how she was able to come into her own. The dynamic with the friendships was also interesting and worth noting. As well as the art -- simple but the landscapes were beautiful.

Sep 17, 2016

This book's strength is its storytelling. Maggie, 15, falls for female camp counselor Erin, 19. What follows is pain and confusion, as Maggie struggles with this development and what it means for her identity and future. Thrash doesn't wrap things up with a pretty bow, and that's okay. It's real. I'm sure this book is going to find a lot of young people in a place where they desperately need it. For the rest of us, it's an invitation into someone else's life, narrated by a skillful writer. This book stood out to me because of the depth of emotion conveyed, and the story allowing teen Maggie to have all those feelings, without needing to put them into adult perspective. Powerful stuff. I also enjoyed the cast of teenage girls with various personalities, who aren't always perfect and aren't always horrible. Teens are stereotyped in media far too often, so that was refreshing.

I do wish that Thrash had gotten someone else to draw the book. She has a good sense of how she wants the panels to flow, but the careful attention Thrash gives to the characters' interactions and emotional states isn't mirrored in her drawing ability. A different artist would have better complemented the excellent story.

Aug 30, 2016

A great comic book, full of complex themes.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 23, 2016

Funny, bittersweet, and nostalgic, this is a quick read with an interesting art style. Great choice if you find yourself in the mood to read about summer camp, boy bands of the 90s, or first love.

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Aug 30, 2016

Fifteen-year old Maggie falls in love with camp counselor Erin at her Camp Bellflower Camp for Girls. As she struggles with her feelings, Maggie channels her frustrations into marksmanship.


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