A-Okay is the graphic novel I didn’t know I needed, and I bet a lot of kids need it, too. Why do we never talk about acne in fiction?! This semi-autobiographical story follows Jay, an eighth-grader with severe acne that came out of nowhere. When nothing else seems to work, he starts taking Accutane, a powerful skin-clearing drug with awful side effects. Jay struggles to find friends and avoid bullies at school but takes pride in a newfound sense of style that distracts from his slowly fading acne. Meanwhile, he’s finally figuring out his asexuality, but not without a few misunderstandings. As a former Accutane patient myself, I loved this one. Recommended by Mary
A-Okay by Jarad Greene is a vulnerable and heartfelt semi-autobiographical middle grade graphic novel about acne, identity, and finding your place.