Body Grammar

Vintage. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593466698. pap. $17. F
DEBUT At the tipping point of her adolescence, Lou would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, despite the modeling agents persistently sinking their teeth into her. She’s preoccupied with documenting those around her, not so much with modeling. Ohman’s debut trails Lou as she makes her journey of self-discovery. Thrust into the hurricane that is the modeling industry, Lou takes on the weight of finding purpose. The evocative narrative that explores the relationship between movement and self-expression in this title is gripping, nearly transporting readers into the bodies and minds of the characters. At times, the story falls flat and becomes predictable. However, this coming-of-age tale is redeemed by tender moments of queer connection and raw vulnerability.
VERDICT Lou’s strut through the tribulations of youth and identity will be relatable for those in their late teens, making this title especially enticing for younger audiences. Libraries where queer fiction or coming-of-age stories are popular should consider adding Ohman’s debut to their collections.
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