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Baker, Dave & Goux, Nicole - Forest Hills Bootleg Society

Baker, Dave & Goux, Nicole - Forest Hills Bootleg Society

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Set in 2005, the story follows a group of girls at a boarding school who bond over their love of anime. They grapple with themes of identity, attraction, faith, family, loneliness, and navigating the challenges of growing up.

Set in 2005, this gorgeously illustrated, funny, and honest graphic novel follows four teens who stumble into an illicit anime DVD-burning business that shakes up their conservative small town…and their friendship.

When Brooke, Kelly, Maggie, and Melissa buy a bootleg anime DVD at a gas station, they get much more than they bargained for with Super Love XL, a risqué move featuring—among other things—a giant mecha who shoots lasers out of her chest. The four girls are horrified (and maybe a little fascinated). It’s so unlike anything they’ve seen, would probably shock everyone else in their town, and definitely would take over their extremely conservative Christian school. That’s when they have the idea to sell copies to local boys…for twenty dollars a pop.

At first, everything goes perfectly, with the friends raking in cash—pretty soon they’ll even have enough money to buy the matching jackets they’ve always dreamed of! But as the market for mildly titillating anime DVDs grows, the girls realize they’ll need new material. On top of figuring out how to replicate their first success, there’s growing tension within the group. Brooke and Kelly’s romance is on its last legs, and hurt feelings are guaranteed when Melissa starts falling for one of them.

Will the four girls’ shared history be strong enough to see them through this upheaval? Or will they learn that some things can only end in heartbreak?

  • Praises the exploration of themes like homophobia, mental health, and racism with a delicate touch.
  • Highlights the expressive black and white artwork with green washes.

LGBTQ+ Themes:

LGBTQ+ romance, Love triangle, bisexuality

Relevant Tags:

Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Coming of Age, Humor, Social Themes

Title: Forest Hills Bootleg Society

Author(s): Dave Baker, Nicole Goux

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels

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