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Book Review: The Girl from the Sea

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The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag is a Juvenile and Young Adult fantasy graphic novel. It follows a closeted lesbian girl named Morgan who lives on an island in Canada. One night, a cute girl named Keltie saves her from drowning. Assuming that she must be dreaming, Morgan kisses her.

But she meets Keltie again, and the girl claims to a be selkie, a seal who can transform into a person once every 7 years, when given a true love’s kiss. Morgan is mortified, determined to keep her queerness a secret. Still, she does feel an indeniable connection with Keltie. They have a summer romance, but Morgan’s friends and family are beginning to get suspicious about all this time that Morgan is spending without them.

I loved The Girl from the Sea. I’ve always been interested into the selkie myth which comes from Celtic culture. It’s sort of a similar concept to “The Little Mermaid” but with the twist of seal transformation. Also I’m particularly enthusiastic about reading sapphic stories. Firstly, because I am sapphic. But secondly because sapphic representation is a bit rare compared to mlm represenatoin.

In addition, I love Molly Knox Ostertags writing in illustration in her series, The Witch Boy. So I knew I was in for a treat with this book. And it did not disappoint. I still love Ostertag’s art style, with it’s cute cartoonishness. But the relationship between Morgan and Keltie was also very cute.

I guess if I had to make one complaint about the way their relationship was portrayed, it’s that it was bit fast. They immediately kiss and then they seem to be in a relationship pretty quickly. Readers don’t get to see much development with that. But I was partly okay with that since I’ve gotten pretty tired of slow-burn romances. Also the graphic novel is pretty sort, so I can understand there relationship being a bit rushed. I just would have liked to understand a little bit more what exactly made their relationship so special.

All in all, I would highly recommend The Girl from the Sea.

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