Spinning by Tillie Walden

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Read Spinning Online Free - Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. It all led to one question: What was the point?The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

Title : Spinning
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ISBN : 1626727724
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Lola rated it ★★★☆☆

September 13, 2017

This book held my attention completely. Sports books are not necessarily rare, but those with figure skating and synchronized skating? And a graphic memoir at that? With LGBT themes? It was gorgeous. The author may only be twenty-one (and I believe she started this book when she was a bit younger...

Cece rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2017

This was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. TW: depression, sexual harassment, homophobia

Korrina rated it ★★★★☆

November 15, 2017

Really moving story that made me shed a tear. I absolutely loved the art as well.

Calista rated it ★★★★☆

November 22, 2017

The cold from the ice rink seeps out of this book. Tillie has created a mood here and also she has shared her childhood. Getting up at 4am every morning, how do people do that? Tillie has shared her story openly and honestly, all her falls and all the times she soared. I love that she included he...

David rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2017

Tillie Walden is at this writing 21 years old (!), and this is already her fourth book, but this is her first long form work, a memoir about the 12 years she spent figure skating. I have read and reviewed two of her shorter, earlier works, I Love This Part and The End of Summer, and liked them ac...

Cecelia rated it ★★★★☆

November 27, 2017

4.5 stars. I'm very confused about how there are so many "eh" reviews because this book is GORGEOUS. Just tactically, the feel of holding this book is your hands is so *satisfying*. A lot of reviews said the pacing was "off", however I thought it was extremely relatable to how we remember our own...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

September 19, 2017

(3.5) I’m uncomfortable with the term “graphic memoir,” which to me connotes a memoir with graphically violent or sexual content. However, it seems to be accepted parlance nowadays for a graphic novel that’s autobiographical rather than fictional. Tillie Walden’s Spinning is in the same vein as A...

Cam (abookeater) rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2017

A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This graphic novel was anything BUT what I expected it to be. I expected something lighthearted and full of fluff but it’s definitely no that. Spinning tells the story of a young girl named Tillie who has been f...

Krista rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2017

Incredibly beautiful.

Vanessa (splitreads) rated it ★★★☆☆

November 07, 2017

The art is gorgeous and I am impressed that the author is as young as my little brother - 21! This book had an interesting mix of subject matter (lesbian author, competitive ice skating) and had a melancholy, mellow mood which I enjoy. I felt like a lot of it was surface-level though and even the...

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