Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter Than My Shadow

Book - 2017
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A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery. 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 weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
Publisher: [St. Louis, Missouri] : ROAR, 2017
ISBN: 9781941302415
1941302416
Branch Call Number: 616.852 Gr
Description: 508 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm

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crimson613
Sep 07, 2018

This is one of my favorite accidental reads. I picked it up not knowing what to expect and loved it. The art is stylized but it gets the point across, which is to tell the story of Katie, who grew up like any other kid but who ended up developing more than one eating disorder because of society's perception of beauty, was sexually abused by someone she trusted, had anxiety, and that almost succumbed to her suicidal tendencies after so much trauma. It does end in on a hopeful and realistic note that while these events never go away, they don't have to dominate our lives with a positive support system

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mclarjh
Aug 16, 2018

Okay drawings and dialogue, but dark. Little self awareness or insight. Glossy pages and gray background make type hard to read. Too long.

LiztheLibrarian Mar 22, 2018

The book was beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful, a graphic novel worth reading. I will note that it deals very frankly with issues of eating disorders and sexual abuse so if this is something that you find challenging it is something you will need to take into consideration in deciding to read this graphic novel.
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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

The author, a young woman artist, candidly documents her personal struggles with a mental illness related to obsession, self-control, body image, and food. It's tragic and hopeful in equal measures.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

This is a very personal account of a young woman who has struggled with an eating disorder her whole life. It was very interesting to see the evolution of her life and progress with her eating disorder. I found it heavy but still easy enough to get through. Worth reading whether you have known someone with an eating disorder, struggled with one yourself or are just wanting an insider perspective on what someone with an eating disorder may go through.

VaughanPLMallory Jan 06, 2018

Katie Green presents an honest personal account of her lifelong battle with an eating disorder. Some images are disturbing and the content is heavy, but I think this is a must read for older teens and adults who have ever experienced issues with addiction, sexual abuse, mental illness, or would like to gain an immersed view of this perspective. The illustrations are powerfully drawn and really bring the story to life.

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RMURR
Dec 29, 2017

This graphic novel is definitely one that I would put on my top ten list. Some may find the topics of eating disorders, body image and sexual abuse too controversial. But Katie Green does a masterful job of delivering these issues in a format that encourages further female discussion.
The author/artist does a wonderful job of communicating a pictorial memoir full of heart of adversity. I hope to see more works by this rising young female graphic novelist.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

Other: Some drug use.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The art work is not especially explicit but there is some nudity and it can be intense at times due to the nature of eating disorders and abuse.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

Sexual Content: Some sexual content.

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crimson613
Sep 07, 2018

crimson613 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

brihawkins13 Apr 06, 2018

brihawkins13 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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