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Graphic Novel Review: The New Girl by Cassandra Calin

If you’re looking for a heartfelt and insightful story about personal growth and adaptation, The New Girl is a comic you won’t want to miss. Inspired by the author’s own immigrant experience, it captures the challenges of moving to a new country, learning a new language, and finding your place in an unfamiliar environment. My review delves into how this comic portrays the complexities of these experiences and why it resonates so deeply with readers. Explore the emotional journey of Lia, a young girl navigating a world of change and acceptance.

Synopsis: Goodbye, old life… Lia and her family are waiting to board a flight across the Atlantic, leaving behind family, friends, and Romania — the only home Lia has ever known. But Lia’s heartache is overshadowed by the discomfort of her first period. As if things weren’t difficult enough! Now Lia is thrust into a world where everything is different: her home, her language, and even her body. With so many changes happening at once, Lia struggles with schoolwork, has trouble communicating with classmates, and has no idea how to manage her unpleasant periods. Will she ever feel like herself again? Inspired by the author’s own immigration experience, The New Girl is a comically charming story about change and acceptance. (Scholastic)

The graphic novel is full color and contains 272 pages.

The New Girl – Worth Reading?

I’ve always stayed in one place and never moved, but I’ve seen people relocate to new places and wondered what it’s like to move from a different country. Reading this comic made me realize how complex and challenging it is. Making new friends who can make you feel comfortable in a new environment is crucial, and the story beautifully shows how a young person faces these difficulties.

This graphic novel resonates with readers by depicting character growth through an engaging storyline. It feels like watching a child grow up and navigate life’s challenges. The story centers on someone from a different country moving to a new one, learning a new language, and adapting to a new environment, which is incredibly difficult. There are so many cultural differences that people often overlook, and understanding and learning to adapt to a new environment is a tough journey.

The main character, Lia, is experiencing one of the hardest times in her life. The stress of fitting in and dealing with personal changes is well-portrayed. The comic does an excellent job of showing how hard it can be emotionally when you’re young and forced out of your comfort zone, but it also makes you reflect on how hard it would be even for an adult, as it is truly difficult to let go of your familiar, comfortable life.

Throughout the story, you see Lia change. She starts off stubborn and having a rough time, but she gradually adapts and meets new people. Moments of misunderstandings add to the stress, potentially breaking friendships, but they also contribute to her development. You also get to see the struggle of starting puberty and the awkwardness your sometimes over-supportive family can cause while trying to express their love.

If you enjoy stories about personal growth and adapting to new environments, this comic is perfect for you. It’s very relevant to our generation and can help readers understand the challenges of adapting to a new environment. My experience has been limited to the usual growing-up phases like high school and university, nothing too special, but My New Girl goes beyond that, exploring growth in a new setting. If you’re interested in learning about such experiences, this comic is definitely worth reading.

You can now buy The New Girl!

© Cassandra Calin / The New Girl / Graphix
Anime Corner received a copy of The New Girl in exchange for a review.

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