Spinning by Tillie Walden


Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.She was good. She won. And she ha...

Details Spinning

Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, Lgbt, Comics, Nonfiction

Reviews Spinning

  • Lola
    This book held my attention completely. Sports books are not necessarily rare, but those with figure skating and synchronized skating? And a graphic memoir at that? With LGBT themes? It was gorgeous. The author may only be twenty-one (and I believe she started this book when she was a bit younger), but she’s got talent to behold and admire.Not only that, but the melancholy atmosphere fitted the main character, AKA the author, entirely. It follo...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    This was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. TW: depression, sexual harassment, homophobia
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Really moving story that made me shed a tear. I absolutely loved the art as well.
  • Calista
    The cold from the ice rink seeps out of this book. Tillie has created a mood here and also she has shared her childhood. Getting up at 4am every morning, how do people do that? Tillie has shared her story openly and honestly, all her falls and all the times she soared. I love that she included her cello lessons here. Lessons are a place we grow up in, this little weekly bubble.Tillie also told her coming out story and what that was like. I think ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Tillie Walden is at this writing 21 years old (!), and this is already her fourth book, but this is her first long form work, a memoir about the 12 years she spent figure skating. I have read and reviewed two of her shorter, earlier works, I Love This Part and The End of Summer, and liked them actually better than this memoir as subtle, atmospheric short stories. This book is almost 400 pages, on a subject she herself never really loved. The mood...
  • Patricia Bejarano
    Me ha encantado este cómic. Lo primero que tengo que destacar es el dibujo de la autora, me ha apasionado. Y sobretodo, los colores que utiliza. Y bueno, hablemos de que es una autobiografía de la autora y que eso, a la hora de leerlo, lo hace aún mucho más duro, porque sabes que ella ha pasado por todo eso. Sí, el tema principal es el patinaje sobre hielo (digamos mejor que es el eje de la historia, pero en sí no trata sobre patinaje...), ...
  • Cecelia
    4.5 stars. I'm very confused about how there are so many "eh" reviews because this book is GORGEOUS. Just tactically, the feel of holding this book is your hands is so *satisfying*. A lot of reviews said the pacing was "off", however I thought it was extremely relatable to how we remember our own childhoods and own our traumas. Tillie Walden is only 21 (!!!!) and she crafted this book with such bravery and honesty. I wouldn't necessarily say it f...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (3.5) I’m uncomfortable with the term “graphic memoir,” which to me connotes a memoir with graphically violent or sexual content. However, it seems to be accepted parlance nowadays for a graphic novel that’s autobiographical rather than fictional. Tillie Walden’s Spinning is in the same vein as Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Craig Thompson’s Blankets: a touching coming-of-age story delivered through the medium of comics.Specifically,...
  • Raina
    Stunning. So stunning I added it as an extra book (#13!) to my booktalking lineup for local middle schools in 2018. I can't believe how accomplished and mature this feels. It's a whole package. Gorgeous production, brilliant use of color, breathtaking composition...AND THE STORY!I (like many, at least when the Olympics are on) enjoy watching figure skating, but don't know much about it as a subculture. On the other hand, when I was growing up, I ...
  • Krista Regester
    Incredibly beautiful.
  • Cam (abookeater)
    A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis graphic novel was anything BUT what I expected it to be. I expected something lighthearted and full of fluff but it’s definitely no that.Spinning tells the story of a young girl named Tillie who has been figure skating since she was little. Her story is one filled with loneliness even when surrounded by dozens of girls, which is kind of the lesbian exper...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    The art is gorgeous and I am impressed that the author is as young as my little brother - 21! This book had an interesting mix of subject matter (lesbian author, competitive ice skating) and had a melancholy, mellow mood which I enjoy. I felt like a lot of it was surface-level though and even the really monumental life experiences are rarely explored with much detail. I like my graphic memoirs with a little more introspection.
  • Elizabeth A
    This graphic memoir deals with coming out, growing up, and the fact that after ten years of hard work at being a competitive figure skater, the author realized that she didn't love skating all that much after all. Figure skating is my fave Winter Olympics sport, and I tend to enjoy sports themed stories, so there is much about this book that I liked. The art wonderfully evokes the feel of the themes discussed, and I enjoyed all the skating stuff....
  • ☄ n o v a
    I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would! Rtc.
  • Charlie Anders
    I got this graphic novel as part of Comix Experience's graphic novel of the month club, and it's become my favorite thing they've given me lately. Just gorgeous art and a really captivating portrayal of what it's like to be young and super invested in an activity that you're not even sure you enjoy. Wonderful coming-of-age story about a queer teen. A friend asked me to recommend comics by women for a teenage girl and this was my top recommendatio...
  • Ashley Owens
    I was provided with a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really liked this story. It was a very personal tale and one that really made me ache for the best for Tillie. I didn’t know going into it that it is a graphic memoir, and so that was a pleasant surprise.My main qualm with this story was the pacing. I didn’t get enough time in any one event of Tillie’s life, and we moved onto the next part of her story s...
  • Dov Zeller
    "I was a competitive figure and synchronized skater for twelve years." These are the words that open up the book, set in a white rectangular text box (used for narration) amidst a deep purplish blue background, the wall of a building, most likely an interior wall, but in this stunning two-tone opening page (three? white, yellow, purple-blue), the windows have a mirrorish quality so that it looks like Tillie (the Tillie who is the narrator and pro...
  • Kitkat
    I loved this memoir of the author Tillie Walden. She struggles with who she is and what she wants her career to be. I loved how I see Tillie's point of view of her feelings on ice skating. I just loved everything about how she was struggling to be out of the closet and how she was almost raped. My God it was horrible how this happened to her but she's a warrior for sharing her story.
  • Tressa
    I wasn't sure I would like Spinning because I have zero interest in figure skating and the whole figure skating competition world of children. I never played an organized sport or joined a group as a child/teen because that's just not me, so I surprised myself by enjoying this graphic memoir by Tillie Walden.Although Spinning touches on many issues—the isolating and exhausting life of a child athlete; non-demonstrative parents; the push for per...
  • Cori Reed
    This was a gorgeous coming of age graphic memoir. Tillie Walden's story of growing up as a figure skater and navigating life as a gay teen was sad, poignant, and made me shed a tear.
  • Zizeloni
    readathon17 book 44: a book where the main character identifies as LGTBQThis is the autobiography of Tillie Walden from the age 12 to 17. Tillie was a figure skating athlete (in a group, not solo). She was training twice a day, with school in between and going to competitions. Plus she knew since she was 5 that she is gay. The book describes her life, how she was competing but didn't really like the whole skating life (she found the courage to qu...
  • Lauren
    Ahhh, well that was a refreshing graphic novel. Spinning is the only book by Tillie Walden I have read and I will say that it won't be my last. I didn't expect this book to be as deep and gut-wrenching as it was but it really affected me. I'm astonished at how much Walden was able to cram into her childhood - attending skating classes very early in the morning (meaning she had to wake up at 4am) and after school must have been exhausting. I'm sur...
  • Jilly
    I have to admit that as someone who grew up skating that I was already partial to this book. This graphic novel is the author's coming of age story as she struggles with the sport of figure skating, school yard bullies, her family and coming out. There's a lot going on in this book (and it may have been better stretched out between two books), but the story is compelling and well complemented by the art. The artwork is beautiful--the panels are n...
  • Christy
    I saw Tillie speak this weekend and couldn't wait to dive in. Was not disappointed! Spinning is Tillie's story of how the little (and not so little) moments shape who we are as an adult. Absolutely adored this and hope we see more from Tillie soon!
  • Dylan
    I really enjoyed the art style, the pacing was just REALLY off.
  • Laurent
    Aangrijpende memoires van de auteur die haar hele jeugd op hoog niveau aan kunstschaatsen deed en in een wereld vol competitie en geldingsdrang worstelt met haar lesbisch zijn. Tegelijk wil ze eigenlijk liever tekenen en schilderen. Prachtige grafiek en mooie, geleidelijke opbouw van het verhaal. Tillie Walden (geboren in 1996) is een naam om heel goed in de gaten te houden.
  • Lauren James
    This graphic novel memoir about the world of young ice skaters is so atmospheric and beautifully told. Gorgeous colours.
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I wanted to like this more than I did. What kept me from giving a higher rating was the fact that so many serious topics were mentioned but never discussed or resolved. They made me uncomfortable and mad because nothing was ever done about them. Her mom was a bit of a jerk but her parents were hardly mentioned. I'll go into detail with my review but I needed some type of closure that was never given.---------Full review can be found here: https:/...