Lenni Reviews: “As the Crow Flies” by Melanie Gillman

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Collected from a webcomic. Charlie Lamonte is 13, queer, and the only Black girl at an all-girls Christian camp. Feeling like a complete outcast, she struggles to find a place among her group but finds a kindred spirit in her fellow camper, Sydney.

This is pretty good. I have to say all the build-up for this super important ceremony the campers have to do is really disappointing because (spoilers I guess??) the volume ends before we even get there. The webcomic continues but the physical book feels incomplete. If it makes any sense, it feels cut off, not like a cliffhanger.

Other than that, I love the art. I’m a sucker for the colored pencil look since I’ve always wanted to learn to do this. There are some thoughtful considerations on religion and feminism, with some coming-of-age self-reflection. Overall, it makes me want to read the webcomic now. 3 out of 5.

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