“Skim” is a marvelous illustrated story of a teenager named “Kim” who’s called skim by her classmates. It tries to depict a sequence from a regular teenager’s life, who is trying to fit in. It beautifully represents the quirkiness of teenage life, the arrogance, the learning, and many more things.
There are a lot of things to hold onto in the novel. The story is nothing extraordinary, but the art is. The storytelling is exceptional. It takes you in, with fewer words and free-flowing strokes.
The story in itself is not a happy one. There’s no happy start or an end to it, but there’s a sense of realism. At one point, a boy in Kim’s school commits suicide. Kim’s friend Lisa makes a statement that “her girlfriend will never have the same life ever again. Everything has changed for her, no matter if she moves on and finds love again and leads a supposedly happy life. Somewhere, sometimes this will come back to her, even for a moment. And she’ll be filled will melancholy. ” Isn’t it how life works? We meet people, they might leave, but they always leave a part of them in us. We are never the same after that. This book stood out of me for moments and excerpts like these.