Graphic Novel Review 121: The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom

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This might be the oldest graphic novel that I’ve reviewed thus far in my quest, but it sure doesn’t read as almost 20 years old.

Title: The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom 

Author(s): Katherine Arnoldi

Publisher:  Hyperion (1998)

Age Rating: 13+

It’s been a rough start to my week, and while I do not want to get into it, I will say that I am very grateful for authors like Katherine Arnoldi and hopeful, honest portrayals of real life like those found in her book The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom.

This book documents Arnoldi’s life from seventeen year old single mom to successful college student, done through glorious black and white, simple art.  Her goal, as she states early in the book, is to help single mothers pursue their rights to equal education.

Heartbreaking yet beautiful, the book never let me feel like things were going to end poorly for Katherine.  Terrible things happen to Arnoldi, but the innocent art works to depict her spirit and determination as they act as a blueprint for future mothers looking to complete an education in a world that is stacked against them.  This book was recommended to me by a college professor that admittedly uses this book to help women in their own difficult quests, and if you read it, and see that same usefulness in it, by all means, keep a couple of copies on hand.

This is yet another book that has been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, and it just so happens that I found it a nice home in an attempt to beef up the non-fiction titles on my list.  Give this one a read!

Happy reading!


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