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September 17, 2019

Blog Tour: Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki – Review and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our tour stop for

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki

Check out our review and be sure to enter the giveaway
at the end of the post!

Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen’s parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.

When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define—or destroy—their lives. This is the first title in DC’s new line of original graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers.

What can I say about this graphic novel… I absolutely loved it!  I thoroughly enjoyed the switch between present day and past of Harleen (aka Harley Quinn).   It really helped to fully invest in the character and to see how she slowly came into her badass self.

Her humour and interaction with the other characters in this graphic novel were humorous and touching.  I loved the relationship between Harleen and MAMA, a drag queen karaoke cabaret owner.  Not only that, but the tightknit community/relationship with all the characters in the karaoke cabaret and with Ivy.

Of course, we see a version of The Joker that kinda creeped me out.  Not in the way in which he acted, mind you, but the freakin’ mask thing that he was wearing!  With the messed up eyes and the super odd bag mask… I couldn’t focus on his look for long periods.

Middle grade readers will really enjoy Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass.  It has a great message about community and fighting for what’s right.  DC fans will also enjoy this read as it really does personify the Harley Quinn that we know and can’t help but love.

Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer, playwright, activist and performer. She works and performs with fat activists Pretty Porky and Pissed Off and the theatre troupe TOA, whose recent play, A vs. B, was staged at the 2004 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her well-received novel, Cover Me (McGilligan Books) was followed by a short fiction collection, True Lies: The Book of Bad Advice (Women’s Press). Mariko’s third book, FAKE ID, is due out in spring 2005.

Mariko Tamaki has performed her work across Canada and through the States, recently appearing at the Calgary Folkfest 2004, Vancouver Writer’s Festival 2003, Spatial III, and the Perpetual Motion/Girls Bite Back Tour, which circled though Ottawa, Montreal, Brooklyn and Chicago. She has appeared widely on radio and television including First Person Singular on CBC radio and Imprint on TVO. Mariko Tamaki is currently attending York University working a master’s degree in women’s studies.

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9 Comments

  1. Haley Scully
    9/17/2019

    I think Harley Quinn is an interesting character because of her fascination with The Joker. Her typical backstory details Harley as having been a therapist at some point, and it’s intriguing to see how much she changes after meeting a single person. I also like that Harley doesn’t really care what others think of her.

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  2. Danielle Hammelef
    9/17/2019

    I like her because of her choices and outlook on life.

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  3. Emily Heisler
    9/17/2019

    I think she is a force to be reckoned with and is magnetic.

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  4. Carl
    9/17/2019

    She’s a chaotic badass, sowing the seeds of anarchy wherever she goes.

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  5. Mary Preston
    9/17/2019

    Quirky as.

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  6. Amanda
    9/18/2019

    I like her because she’s a total wildcard.

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  7. Jim Hayes
    9/20/2019

    I like Harley because she is such a complex, yet entertaining character. She is always evolving and literally changes her looks often to keep it fresh

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  8. Cassandra D
    9/27/2019

    I like the clothing styles.

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  9. Kelly Woods
    9/27/2019

    She is unique!

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