The cover of Sister BFFs shows the author, Philippa Rice, slouching against her younger sister.

Sister BFFs: A Review

The beauty of Soppy author Philippa Rice‘s Sister BFFs lies in its near-universal appeal. The dynamic between the illustrated Rice and her sister worked for this reader — a not-quite-only child with only one same-generation sibling — as a reflection of the BFF relationships I maintain. Although I highly recommend this book as a co-read for close siblings, Sister BFFs is as much an exploration of friendship as of kinship.

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Bad Friends: A Review

The cover of Ancco's Bad Friends, which shows three teenage girls sitting in a circle.

Han Kang, Min Jin Lee, and Crystal Hana Kim have given us their own unique glimpses into the Korean peninsula’s history and present, but few novels of South Korea have gone to so dark a place as Ancco‘s semi-autobiographical work, Bad Friends. This brief, striking vision of South Korea’s early Sixth Republic presents a side of the country rarely seen in the West, one driven by alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.

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Fruit of Knowledge: A Review

Fruit Of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy

I was in my senior year of college before I learned to spot the widespread vilification of vulvas and vaginas. In reading Swedish artist Liv Strömquist‘s graphic novel, Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy, I relived every emotion and thought I had at the moment of realization. For feminists looking to renew and refocus their fury, it’s hard to beat Fruit of Knowledge as light reading. Continue reading