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Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega and Rose Bousamra is the story of Marlene, a artistic Dominican girl who absolutely hates her weekly trip to the salon where her curly hair is straightened. When Marlene decides to try and be herself, curly hair and all, she runs into a few roadblocks, bullies, and worst of all, the wrath of her mom.

Frizzy is one of those books that I loved so much, I don't know where to start. Marlene is a character you'll instantly fall in love with as you see her express her desire to choose her own style and stop having to take relatives backhanded compliments. I love how Marlene has a safe haven in Tía Ruby and how Ruby doesn't look down someone for straightening their hair, but also points out the anti-Blackness on that and other little things that are passed from generation to generation. It's an important message for younger readers but never feels too heavy handed. I also love the art style - from the dreamy color palette, to the tiny details in larger panels - it's absolutely gorgeous! If you haven't already, make sure to pick this one up!