Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki

Hi All! It’s Becky. I have mixed feelings about many of the graphic novels I have read by Maiko Tamaki, but I was pleasantly surprised by Emiko Superstar.

Title: Emiko Superstar
Author: Mariko Tamki
Illustrator: Steve Rolston

Summary: Emiko has lived her whole life as a geek, but as her group of geeks become more economically minded and want to take over the world, Emiko finds herself without a group. During the summer of being alone, Emiko finds the Freaks, a group of performance artists that she desperately wants to join. Can Emiko find her inner artist and stay true to herself?

Review: I was surprised by this book. I’m not the biggest fan of Tamaki’s other books, but I found myself quite taken by this graphic novel. Emiko’s story is universally familiar, but that is also universally relatable. She is just trying to find her place in the world, and she how no idea how to do that. She is stumbling through adolescence and needs a lifeline. Tamaki and Rolston created a story that is clearly about being lost and trying to be found, which makes the graphic novel neat. I enjoyed following Emiko and her journey of self-discovery while she learned who to trust and who to avoid. It seems like a simple story, but it was also an engaging story that many teen readers will enjoy. The narrative is simple, quiet, and that is what makes it so strong, and so gosh darn believable. Emiko Superstar is an uncomplicated narrative but is one that I will be recommending.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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