Shirkers ★★★★½

People sometimes criticize the second half of Little Women for veering too far into the realm of the domestic, claiming it venerates girlhood in all its wild, vivacious impracticalities only to later paint those same qualities as necessarily temporal (girls must grow up into women, women must become wives and mothers, etc). Shirkers feels like the answer to what for some people might be the missing half of LW -- Sandi Tan takes her teenage self seriously, and does so with reflection and fierce pride. (and thus, girlhood is not something outgrown but rather the thing reclaimed.)