Kim, nicknamed Skim “because she’s not,” is a very disaffected teenager. She’s flirting with Wicca and her female art teacher. Everything else is cause for scorn, especially her school’s overreaction to the suicide of a student’s boyfriend. Kim comes under extra scrutiny from her friends and guidance counselors, especially once she starts mooning around after her teacher.
The black and white illustrations remind me of 1960’s children’s books and they lend an otherwise self-serious story a sense of fun. You feel for Kim, but don’t pity her. She’s struggling, but not weak. It took me awhile to get into the story, but in the end, I really enjoyed it.