Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

   Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green, Lion Forge/ROAR, 2017.

ISBN: 978-1-941302-41-5

Format:  graphic novel/Memoir

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: memoir

What did you like about the book? This book is an honest portrayal of one young woman’s struggle to overcome an eating disorder and survive being abused by someone she trusted. The author’s evocative drawings capture her emotions and experiences more than words alone ever could. Paired with dialogue and first-person narration they paint a picture of her struggles with food from early childhood on, balancing setbacks and challenges with her difficult path to recovery. Readers facing similar difficulties should find comfort, empathy and a quiet inspiration here.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The subject matter made it difficult to read at times, but I appreciated everything about this book. It has the potential help many others who are facing similar struggles, as well as the people who love them and want to help them.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Because of the pervasiveness of the issues tackled in this book, I would recommend this to almost any teen, and in particular to teens and adults who appreciate graphic memoirs.  Also recommend The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui.

Who should buy this book? High school libraries and public libraries should purchase this book.

Where would you shelve it?  Young adult graphic novels.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes. Young adult librarians in particular should put this near the top of their pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: September 7, 2018


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