What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan, illustrated by Geneviève Darling. Translated by Emma Rodgers. Second Story Press, 2019. 9781772600964
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This French Canadian import “… hopes to offer a wake-up call to everyday sexism …” By showing through a clever cartoon image, and telling through its succinct caption, the book illuminates micro-aggressions towards women, deliberate or unintended. Each topic begins with “Girls are sick and tired of …” and then describes a situation where a girl’s gender identity, sexuality, size, class, race, ability, height, personality, religion, or choice of food and drink are used to stereotype them in some way. Some of the art, executed in black, white and shades of purple, is representational, and some is allegorical or symbolic. For instance, the page dealing with contraception and abortion depicts a woman whose lower half is a cage. I really like the presentation of these issues – the art and the topic would make for great discussions in class or elsewhere. I also appreciate the inclusion of sources for some of the statements on population and jobs.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? The book should have great appeal for teenage girls and their allies, and could be used to start discussions in the classroom or family dinner table on what feminism looks like to different individuals.
Who should buy this book? High schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Teen graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: May 10, 2019