Emiko Superstar, by Mariko Tamaki. New York: Minx, 2008. 149 pp. ISBN 9781401215361
Emiko's just about ready to perform live on stage for the first time, but feels she still needs to add a "wow factor" to her show...
"A borrowed diary, a double life, and identity issues fuel a teenager's quest to find herself before she cracks and commits social suicide, in this new series written especially for girls." (Syndetic Solutions, Inc. summary)
Emiko is a very realistically developed protagonist. Far from perfect and somewhat shy at first, she nevertheless eventually manages to muster up her courage and step out of her shell. But even at the novel's end, she acknowledges that she is still a work in progress. This is a really lovely and incredibly entertaining story about the need to fit in that we all experience at some point and, ultimately, finding one's true self. Potentially controversial element: graphic novel format.
HOW THIS BOOK HELPS
This novel could help teens who are starting over, either in a new town, or building new friendships.
WHY I CHOSE TO READ IT
I had read about this on a UCLA "best graphic novels for teens" list.