May 29, 2019 by TinyNavajo
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
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*Published October 10, 2017*
I literally just saw this book come into my library as a return and it intrigued me and I was very curious about what it was about.
A queer, black teenager finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.
This graphic novel was in a vein that I haven’t really dipped into before. A queer black teenager goes to an all-white Christian girls’ backpacking camp and she is trying to understand her place in the world and where God figures into all of this. Now, I really can’t put myself in the main character’s shoes as I am not black and I am not queer. But I can empathize with her being the only person of color (black) in a mainly white community. It can be awkward and interesting all at the same time. And normal language for white communities can have a very different connotation to those who are not white.
Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel. I liked that there was a book for those who are wanting to find where God fits into their lives when they can/are being told that God doesn’t love them for their sexual preferences. I think what I enjoy most about this book is that it shows that there are many others who are searching for their own place in life. They are trying to discover who they are and what it means to them to be themselves. This is always a hard thing to figure, especially when you’re a teenager in a world that doesn’t feel like it wants you around.
How did you figure out who you are supposed to be? Or are you still figuring that out, like me? Because I still am! and I’m 27 years old! Comment below and let me know!