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. (Goodreads).
Honor Girl is a fantastic graphic memoir that I feel really captures all the various difficulties that teen girls go through. The characters and their interactions at summer camp seem spot on and really easy to identify with. This makes sense since Honor Girl is a memoir of Thrash's life, but I'm still impressed by how well she captures her past experiences. Aside from the excellent portrayal of a girl's summer camp, this book also shares the author's struggle as she attempts to come to terms with her sexuality as a lesbian. Even though this can be a pretty scary thing to think about, especially when Thrash isn't sure what others will think, it's great to see the support she gets from some of her friends.
I'll admit that I wasn't crazy about the artwork, but that's just a personal preference and Honor Girl is still a beautifully told memoir. This is also a quick read and I would recommend it to anyone, whether you identify as LGBT or not.