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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for mature readers

In this graphic memoir, Katie Green takes a look back on her relationship with food and body image from early childhood through college as she battles with anorexia and binge eating.

I LOVE graphic memoirs when they are done right. The combined ability of art and the written word can impact you on a much deeper level than either one on its own. Lighter Than My Shadow is now among my favorites.

This book is not an easy read. Green is shamelessly honest in her depiction of the disorder and the toll it takes not only on the afflicted but on their friends and family. It’s heartbreaking to see this young girl’s self-esteem take hit after hit until her own mind circles the drain of all those negative thoughts. As dealing with depression is similar, I can empathize with her.

At times the narrative can get repetitive but if you remind yourself this is a person relapsing and not a fictional character, it’s forgivable. There is always a forward momentum, though. I admire the author’s courage and if you can read such things without getting triggered (SPOILER: I will have to insert a trigger warning for rape as well as the eating disorder), I highly suggest giving this book a try. 4.5 out of 5.

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