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Graphic Novel Review: Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
Series: N/A
Genre: Graphic Novel | Nonfiction
Length: 509 pages
Published on 3rd October 2017 by Jonathan Cape
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Katie Green: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Digital review copy received from NetGalley

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 behavior 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.

Lighter Than My Shadow is Katie Green’s memoir on her journey with eating disorders, PTSD, body image, sexual and emotion abuse so please if you’re considering picking this up because of its positive reviews do also look after yourself.

The subject matter is what drew me to this graphic novel and I figured like other it would be a quick read. However this is possible the longest graphic novel I’ve read at 509 pages long.

This wasn’t off putting though. In fact I’m really happy with its length and i fits perfectly and gives Katie Green enough pages to fully explore her story with some very interesting and imaginative compositions for her illustrations.

As mentioned Green’s illustrations are wonderful. They’re not the usual type that I pick up graphic novels for but they fit the subject matter and she does incredibly well on illustrating emotions through visual representations.

Even though this novel covers many tough subjects I do think it handles them well.

It is her journey. Its personal. Not a “how to deal with” kind of book. But one I’m sure many readers can relate too.

I will 100% be buying a physical copy soon as there was one page that really stood out to me when she was with her final therapist who actually helped and I’d like to pin that on my wall.

5 stars / 5 stars

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