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Go with the Flow de Karen Schneemann
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Go with the Flow (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Karen Schneemann (Autor), Lily Williams (Autor)

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Membro:oclsummer21
Título:Go with the Flow
Autores:Karen Schneemann (Autor)
Outros autores:Lily Williams (Autor)
Informação:First Second (2020), 336 pages
Coleções:Young Adult 12+
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Etiquetas:YA graphic novel

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Go with the Flow de Karen Schneemann (2020)

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Go with the Flow is a delightful graphic novel about four best friends experiences during their second year of high school. They deal with crushes, artistic inspirations, trig, questioning their sexuality, being the new kid, menstruation and endometriosis. When one the new girl, Sasha, unexpectedly gets her period, a trio of girls--Brit, Christine, Abby--come to her rescue. Upon discovering that the girls' bathrooms has empty pad and tampon dispensers (again!), Abby starts a crusade to end the stigma surrounding periods and the school administration's belief that menstrual hygiene products in the girls' restrooms aren't that necessary.

The story moves along nicely and captures the lives of each girl outside of school. The girls are of diverse races, body sizes, and family structures. There are single mom homes, two parent homes, and a single grandma. Although the girls are all different, they bind over the shared stress of menstruation. Abby, the super feminist of the book, is supported by her friends even when they disagree on which path of activism to take. Go with the Flow demonstrates a healthy female friendship that is supportive but not afraid of being honest.

The book can be a little heavy handed with it's feminist message, but it doesn't take away from the main story of girls health and personhood being treated as less. Readers of all genders will see how entrenched sexism against women and Misogyny is in our everyday thinking. (For example, the principal equates the need for maxi pads with anti-jock itch cream or students who bullies Sasha with blood and period jokes.) The back material is what really makes this graphic novel needed in every middle school and high school library. Besides the historical perspective of how menstruating women have been treated throughout known history, it goes into the social aspects of period poverty (people who unable to afford menstruation products because they're homeless or living at or below the poverty line) and period and reproductive health issues like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and endometriosis) in accessible language for younger readers.

Go with the Flow is colored in shades of red.

I love this book.

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  RakishaBPL | Sep 24, 2021 |
Great book for starting more discussions about a perfectly normal physiological phenomenon - periods! ( )
  Shofbrook | Nov 6, 2020 |
It’s high school and the girls fell the time is right to take a stand and protest the system and the injustice. I know, there are o lot of those novels already out there, but I think you’ll find this one to be a little different.
At the center of the story is a girls worst nightmare? You get your period one day at school while wearing white pants and it feels like EVERYONE notices? As is she needed a new worry. Sasha’s worried enough about making friends at her new school and now this? This misfortune leads to meeting three amazing girls. Abby, Brit, and Christine who are exactly the kinds of friends you wish you had in high school. They come to Sasha’s rescue. You will find these girls smart, funny, and passionate. Abby in particular sees Sasha’s problem and then starts to notice other issues. Why are the school’s machines in the bathrooms always empty of tampons and pads? And what about kids who don’t have a lot of money to put fifty cents into a dispenser for a sanitary napkin. Who even carries quarters these days anyway? Sanitary products should be free and easily accessible. What starts out as an annoyance quickly grows into a cause, but how do you get the world to notice something it simply doesn’t want to see? Periods are definitely seem to be a closet topic. Why, menstruation is a normal part of life for half the population.

The part of this that struck me as particularly keen, however, was that the book is not merely about raising the awareness of the existence of menstruation and the ways in which it can physically hurt those girls and women with endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS, and fibroids, but also how Williams ties all this into economic disparities. She makes the choice not to make any of the starring girls in this book lower income. They could afford those 50-cent tampons (if the bathrooms ever bothered to stock them). And everyone but Abby is fairly fine with this fact. She’s the only one consistently bothered that “there are kids here who can’t even afford lunch… How can they afford proper sanitary items for their periods if they cannot afford lunch?”

Abby is so passionate about about this cause that she brings it up in every conceivable situation (“But have you guys heard about Toxic Shock Syndrome?”) and then plunges forward with bold plans to right the wrongs of the world without thinking about how her choices might affect people closer to home.

Abby goes to the principal, (a man) with a cause she’s not afraid to talk about. When the principal says to her, “It’s not like the boys get free jock itch cream,” it can be mighty hard not to start screaming at the page. And when the principal states the school can’t afford to provide free products to girls, Abby points out the fact that the football was just outfitted with new uniforms and equipment. And they just got new uniforms only two years ago.
Now desperate, Abby writes a blog post and it goes viral. I think we’ve seen this plot twist before, and while fun, it is a bit far fetched..

The subject matter is on the more serious side but the dialogue is fun.... “WALK AWAY! Ya big ol’ fart bag!”
There are adults out there that would tell you with a straight face that kids don’t need to know about that stuff when they MOST certainly do!
I could have certainly used a book like this when I started my own periods.
My only complaint is the audience for the book is YA and takes place in high school while most begin menstruation in middle school. I think I would have rather seen the story set in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Common sense media states the reading for ages 10+ and gives a five star rating.

But, bottom line, this book is timely and well written. The graphic illustrations are cleverly drawn in all shades of pinks and reds.

I thank the author and illustrator for this fine work and hope it makes its way to every middle and high school library shelf and in the school nurse and counsellors office. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Oct 25, 2020 |
Brit, Christine, and Abby are best friends in high school. They befriend new girl Sasha after rescuing her when her period stains her white pants in front of the whole school. In the process, Abby notes that the school's sanitary product vending machines are always empty, and why do they have to pay for them anyway? She starts a blog on the topic, engages her friends in a letter-writing campaign, and adorns the school with protest art that gets her suspended and hurts her friends. The authors (and by extension, Abby) are careful to note that it's not just girls who bleed, but transgender males and non-binary people. Menstruators will appreciate the informal approach to normalizing an everyday concern. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Oct 9, 2020 |
When Sasha, a new student at their school, has a period emergency, friends Brit, Abby, and Christine come to her rescue. Abby realizes that the school's feminine hygiene product dispensers are always empty -- and shouldn't those products be free, anyway? As the school year goes on and she has frustrating, unproductive encounters with the school's administration, she gets drawn more and more into period activism -- but will she go too far?

This graphic novel is a strong depiction of female friendship, and will be an eye-opener to some about issues surrounding menstruation. A great resource for people hitting puberty, but also a solid friendship story. ( )
  foggidawn | May 28, 2020 |
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