Hair graphic novel.

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I assumed from the cover art and the general theme of this book that this would be about the African-American experience. But it's mostly about, or entirely about, the Latino or Hispanic community. I didn't really know that there were the same sorts of issues about valuing natural hair and hair styles in different ethnic and cultural groups.

Our heroine Marlene is likable and quite young, so it's sad that she has to go through experiences were she's made to feel bad about who she is, and not just be allowed to be herself without having to be forced to be like other people for no good reason.

The book is attractively illustrated and printed, with nice covers and paper and color printing. Anyone reading this would enjoy it just for its artistic qualities, as well as finding a sympathetic young heroine to identify with. So this makes a nice bildungsroman.