Back to School

Although most schools begin in August, September is associated with back-to-school topics and trends. Do you lack motivation to go back to school or need a little spark in your day? This week's post highlights graphic novels with high school themes, including reality and fantasy environments. Although you may not enjoy the ho-hum of school life, you may be interested in living vicariously through the novels listed below.

 Bleach Volume 1  Cromartie High School Volume 1  Good As Lily  Strangers in Paradise: High School  High School Debut Volume 1

Bleach by Tite Kubo is about Ichigo, a hot-tempered teen, who has the ability to see and communicate with unrested spirits. Combine the daily tribulations of school, Ichigo is tested for his endurance of this unexpected "gift."

Cromartie High School by Eiji Nonaka is about Takashi Kamiyama, an average high school student who  befriends a "motley crew of thugs, a gorilla and a trashcan-shaped robot." Shortly after mingling with his new friends, Takashi loses interest in the studious life and begins a life of rebellion.

Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim is about Grace Kwon, a high school student, who is peculiarly confronted with her self at different ages in her life. As if going to school and having a social life wasn't complicated, she now has to cope with her 3 selves! 

High School by Terry Moore involves the Strangers in Paradise duo, Francine and Katchoo, and how their friendship began in high school. This novel just goes to show how friendships play a vital role in one's life.

High School Debut by Kazune Kawahara is about freshman student, Haruna Nagashima who is beginning to be interested in more than just reading and sports! Convinced that she is inept to snag a boyfriend of her own, she seeks an upper classman "coach" to teach her about the rules of dating and courtship.