Go With the Flow by Karen Schneemann & Lily Williams

Go With the Flow by Karen Schneemann & Lily Williams
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Middle Grade, YA, Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Good friends help you go with the flow.
Best friends help you start a revolution.

Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen.

Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs―or worse, squirms―at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. It’s no easy task, especially while grappling with everything from crushes to trig to JV track but they have each other’s backs. That is, until one of the girls goes rogue, testing the limits of their friendship and pushing the friends to question the power of their own voices.

Now they must learn to work together to raise each other up. But how to you stand your ground while raising bloody hell?

A guide to periods, but with friends and not a manual? I’m in.

I wish I’d have had this book when I was the age that I got my period. While I got the cursory explanation at school, this would’ve been a lot more helpful. Periods are normal. They’re something menstruating people deal with. It’s scary when periods show up the first time, but it shouldn’t be. This book helps get rid of the stigma.

Sasha is a younger student at the high school and one day she gets her period. Some make fun of her, but a few girls take her in, help her out and help her feel normal. It’s a common thing that happens at schools all over the place. Abby, one of the friends, realizes there are issues with getting period products at school. There is a bit of a political bend to this story, but it’s not so much to take away from the story. It showcases that there are issues some deal with and others won’t ever understand.

I liked this story of friendship, finding a place to belong, finding a cause and standing up for one’s self. It’s a cute tale and does take the stigma out of getting your period. If you’re looking for another way to talk about this topic, then this might be the right book for you.

Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton

Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Childrens, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (40 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A quiet afternoon of blowing bubbles and popping them turns into a Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, (and Helicopters, and Fighter Jets, and Moon Shuttles)-style adventure, as our young protagonist Dewey struggles to pop that one bubble…The Bubble That Got Away.

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The chase is on, and Dewey is determined to pop that final bubble.

This was such an imaginative story. I adored the fact that Dewey was so determined to hunt down and pop the final bubble he’d blown that he didn’t allow anything to stand in the way of him attempting to reach his goal. The plot twists that unfolded as he chased the bubble across town and to places even further away than that were truly delightful.

I would have liked to see a little more time spent explaining how Dewey was able to talk his way onto some of the buildings and flying contraptions that he used to figure out where his bubble was headed next. So much time was spent showing how the beginning of this tale happened that I would have liked to see the same attention paid once the plot sped up and the stakes grew higher. With that being said, this is a minor criticism of something I enjoyed quite a bit overall.

The ending was absolutely perfect. While I did suspect earlier on in the storyline that something like it was going to happen, I still had a wonderful time seeing if my prediction would come true. When I realized I was right, it only made me enjoy the final scene even more because of how happy I was that I thought of it ahead of time. Mr. Eaton didn’t leave many clues at all about how everything would end. Catching on them took some thinking, and I’m glad I paid such close attention to what he did share about the ending early on.

Pop! is something I’d especially recommend to anyone who has a vivid imagination or who wonders what it would be like to have one.