The Forest Hills Bootleg Society (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
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?
Nicole Goux (she/her) is an Eisner nominated illustrator and cartoonist from Los Angeles. She’s the artist of DC’s Shadow of the Batgirl and cocreator of Everyone is Tulip at Dark Horse Comics and F*ck Off Squad at Silver Sprocket. She has been published by DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Boom! Studios. Her work often explores the themes of coming of age, interpersonal drama, and learning how to be a human. Visit her at NicoleGoux.com, on Twitter @NicoleGoux, or on Instagram @NGoux.
Dave Baker (he/him) has written everything from infomercials to feature films. He’s worked for companies such as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal, and Disney XD. He also writes the comic books Suicide Forest, F*ck Off Squad, Teenage Switchblade, This Is Not a Girl Gang, and Professor Cuties. He’s currently writing and codrawing the comic book Action Hospital. Visit him at HeyDaveBaker.com or @xDaveBakerx.
Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut, the beloved Japan-set romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, is a Junior Library Guild selection and a nominee for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her latest novel for young adults, From Little Tokyo, With Love—a modern fairy tale featuring a half-Japanese heroine—is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a nominee for the Golden Poppy Award, and Penguin Random House’s One World, One Book title of the year. She has also penned a variety of short fiction and comics, including the graphic novel Shadow of the Batgirl for DC Comics (with artist Nicole Goux) and the Star Wars audiobook original Doctor Aphra. Additionally, Sarah was a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.
Praise for Forest Hills Bootleg Society -
"Paired with Baker and Goux’s snappy dialogue and expressive, visually varied characters, the group’s interpersonal challenges—including Brooke, Kelly, and Melissa’s love triangle, and Maggie’s struggles navigating loneliness—are deeply relatable and fully realized. While the creators delicately navigate heavy topics such as homophobia, mental health, and racism, this sincere graphic novel, set in 2005, is not without humor and hope." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Skillful, detailed art reminiscent of the girls’ beloved genre brings the cast to life through expressive body language as well as paneling that changes in scale and perspective. . . . This is a witty and absorbing examination of a community’s painful experiences with loneliness, queer romance, and strangely bewitching anime. An evocative, tender, character-driven coming-of-age story." — Kirkus Reviews