The difficult thing about writing down and publicly posting favorite books, authors, ice cream, colors, etc. is that these things change constantly for me. I read a lot and I usually read more than one book at a time. I finish these books and I read more books. I love to read. I recently read my first graphic novel. And I loved it!
“Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary” by Keshni Kashyap is wonderful. Or, put more directly, Tina is wonderful. Her insights into the world of high school angst, first love and friendships, and adult behavior are hysterically funny and laser beam authentic. Tina has a special relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre to whom she writes in her existential diary using salutations such as: “My dear dead Sartre…” as she ponders her life and her place in the world.
Although this book is being marketed to a young adult audience, I found that its reach is much broader. I’m happy that as an old(er) adult that I found a San Francisco Chronicle review that led me to Kahsyap’s book.
Causes Joyce Young Supports
VONA Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, California Poets in the Schools, La Pena Cultural Center