Title Profile & Character Information

Skim

Annotation
The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double date for the school's semi-formal. Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie. Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers the whole gamut of tortured teen life is explored in this masterful graphic novel by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki."

Awards
2009  Libris Awards
2008  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

Characters
NameCameron, Kimberly Keiko
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent

GenreYoung adult fiction
Coming of age
Graphic novel
TopicsEmotions
Peer pressure
High school students
Teachers and students
Social outcasts
Catholic schools
SettingSchool