Roaring Book Press, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens
Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.
It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.
Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.
She was good. She won. And she hated it.
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point? The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.
I love to ice skate! My friend recommended it to me because she thought it was perfect for me, and she was right. I immediately put it on hold and searched for an e-galley. When I finally got it, I read it as soon as possible and enjoyed it. I wish that I was better at skating, but I just got new skates that are WAY better. So hopefully someday I’ll be as good as Tillie. I am glad she shared her story, because there aren’t many figure skating books out there. It also made me happy that I wasn’t a part of that world as a young person and that it’s something I can do for fun as an adult.