I saw this through someone’s page and I don’t remember who it was or where it was, but thought it was a very interesting concept. I bought it straight away! Turns out this is a brick of a book. It’s just 500 pages so its fit perfectly for TomeTopple 😏
Lighter Than My Shadow
by Katie Green
Synopsis by GoodReads
Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast.
But in any life, a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behaviour might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.
Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness
This was a great graphic novel! The art is beautiful and I really liked how the illness was pictured.
The story follows the author through her experiences with eating disorders at school and university.
It starts off with Katie being in college and just starting to dive into her illness. Her pickiness on foods and her friends focus on being healthy only magnifies it. When she finally seeks help, or when her parents finally seek help for her, she is only met with comments on “not being sick enough” and generally not fully believed.
It was very interesting to get an insight into the head of someone going through an eating disorder both the start, the middle and getting help. I found it fascinating to see how Katie thought about herself in the different stages of illness and about the illness itself. I learned a few things about eating disorders I didn’t know before which is always a bonus.
The art was amazing! I loved how the illness is portrayed and that it’s always visual in the images. You always know if it’s there or not. Like you would always know if it’s there in the back of your head or not. A very clever tactic! There have clearly been many hours of careful consideration gone into these drawings. Many of them perfectly show the reader the emotions Katie is going through even though she might not say it.
Here is a taster:
I was not entirely in a great mood while reading it which is the main reason for not enjoying it fully. For that I am sorry. I did love it.
I highly recommend it!
Have you read this? What did you think?