Saturday, December 21, 2013
Tina's Mouth: an Existential Comic Diary, by Keshni Kashyap & ill by Mari Araki, 248 pages
Tina M. is a regular high school student, dealing with cliques, backstabbing best friends, first-kiss-angst, and existential questions of being. The book is written as a series of letters to Jean-Paul Sartre, for a class; and Tina is frank and honest and an appealing teen character. Also, as the daughter of Indian immigrants, Tina shares her annoyance at being asked questions like "Do you have a marriage arranged?", "What's with all of those arms on the elephant god?" and other micro-aggressive questions. Similar in feel to American Born Chinese, for readers who enjoyed that.