How I Broke Up with My Colon: Fascinating, Bizarre, and True Health Stories by Nick Seluk. Andrews McMeel, 2020. 9781524854058
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2.5
What did you like about the book? True medically curious stories are presented in a graphic form. Twenty four short chapters deliver stories mainly derived from people’s accidents and bad luck. Spare text delivers the stories in a combination of direct quotes from the victims and speech bubbles from characters and animated body parts. I like that the author included psychological as well as physical maladies, and they are quite varied, from swallowing a sewing needle, having a colon removed, to being struck by lighting multiple times.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The author relies almost entirely on gags to get the story across, and there’s just not enough information about the problem to make a reader care. Each case is basically a one-liner stretched out for comic impact.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans, age 16 yrs and up, of weird but true medical stories. This could also work as a hi/lo title.
Who should buy this book? Not an essential purchase for public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic non fiction 616
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 9, 2020