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Girl Haven af Lilah Sturges

Girl Haven (udgave 2021)

af Lilah Sturges (Forfatter), Meaghan Carter (Illustrator)

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Titel:Girl Haven
Forfattere:Lilah Sturges (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Meaghan Carter (Illustrator)
Info:Oni Press (2021), 160 pages
Samlinger:selection, Dit bibliotek

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Girl Haven af Lilah Sturges


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*Received via NetGalley for review*

I am familiar with Lilah Sturges from the Lumberjanes series, and I see a lot of commonalities in Girl Haven (the interactions between characters, the annoyingly cheerful and naïve small character [which, while some may like it, is very annoying to me. I would never be friends with someone like that in real life, and even fictional characters like Junebug manage to annoy me.).

I really appreciated the note at the beginning that this is only one story of gender identity and struggle, and not everyone's will be the same.

Unfortunately, this graphic novel is slight on plot. Ash and her friends are transported into her mother's magical world, and spend a lot of time asking questions and traveling and talking, and then the ending is very quick and pretty trite. It's much more an exploration of gender identity than a fantasy adventure.

And, like many have mentioned, the art is pretty inconsistent and not really something I'd expect from 1) an established creator and 2) a professionally published graphic novel. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Ash's mom went away three years ago and hasn't sent word since. While playing around with the stuff she left behind, Ash and a group of middle school friends get transported into a fantasy world populated with nothing but girls -- of course those girls happen to be talking rabbits, horses, hawks . . . and grass? Well, the world is under threat from an evil Scourge, but Ash is distracted wondering whether mom may be here, and also the situation is bringing to a head gender identity questions Ash has been having.

I like the goals and themes of the tale, but the story itself mostly consists of talking animals rushing up to explain stuff or fight before Ash and friends run off to the next scene. But even as those parts disappointed, the emotional beats of Ash's self discovery rang loud and true, giving the book a boost. ( )
  villemezbrown | May 1, 2021 |
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

-- 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 where necessary --

Seventh-grader Ash ("like the tree") misses his mom Kristin terribly.* Three years ago, she left the house, and just ... never came back. (Weirdly, her dad hasn't done much to find her, even though she's clearly a missing person. Fictional parents are a mystery, yo.)

When Ash is adopted into a tight-knit group of friends - Eleanor ("like the Roosevelt"), Chloe, and Junebug - that also happens to represent the entirety of the LGBTQIA+ club at Marsha P. Johnson Middle School, he's eager to show off Kirstin's studio to his new besties. Ash's mom was a talented writer and artist; she created an entire fantasy world called Koretris, dedicating twelve years of her life to a 'verse populated entirely with girls. The shed out back is a testament to her creativity and imagination.


Things go sideways (or maybe just right) when a fortuitous spell transports the quartet into the heart of Koretris itself; here, they're drafted by the anthropomorphous warrior bunnies to rescue Queen Cassandra and defeat the scourge that threatens to poison all of Koretris. Of course, Ash has his own agenda as well: find Kirstin, and maybe himself too.

Even though everyone keeps telling Ash that he's a boy, he doesn't feel like one. If the magic of Koretris welcomed him through its gates, what does this say about Ash's gender identity?


GIRL HAVEN is a really sweet (and sometimes silly - in a good way!) middle grade graphic novel. It's a coming of age story that addresses LGBTQ issues in a gentle, compassionate way. Ash is a compelling character, and I was rooting for her (and, more specifically her and Eleanor!) the whole time. Chloe - she of feminist killjoy fame - and the ever-cute Junebug deserve honorary mentions too, as does dad, who loves and supports his daughter fiercely. All trans kids deserve one or two parents like this.


In short: this story is brimming with humor, heart, inclusion - and talking horses!

* I wasn't sure of the best pronouns to use in this review, so I decided to refer to Ash as he/him up until the point in the story that the character comes out as a trans girl. ( )
  smiteme | Oct 21, 2020 |
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