AUTHORS: Alice Chipkin & Jessica Tavassoli
PUBLISHER: Echo Publishing
RELEASE DATE: September 2017
GENRE: Graphic Memoir, Mental Illness
PAGE COUNT: 224
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One sentence blurb: two young Australian women collaborate on a creative project in an attempt to make sense of severe depression.
What I Liked
- The artwork captures emotion equally to the words. Tava’s chapters in particular felt really raw to me – her illustrations of depression communicate an experience that lacks the right words to describe it.
- Both women have obviously spent a lot of time finding the right language to communicate their feelings clearly. I think this at least partly comes from discussing their mental health with a psychologist and counsellor.
- I really appreciate that medication and visiting a psychologist are strongly featured. These things aren’t shown enough, despite playing a huge role.
- The discussion around depression affecting relationships with friends and family is heartbreaking but important.
- Tava being gay is acknowledged at the beginning but not relevant to the story. She just is.
- I can connect more to this story because Tava is a perfectionist and her performance-based self value and goal orientation make total sense to me.
What I Disliked
- It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that Alice and Tava’s points of view alternate. So I was tangled up trying to figure out who was saying what. The namedropping of other characters who don’t actually appear in the book confused me even more.
I recommend this book because: this is an accurate, honed representation of depression that will educate lots of readers.
This book is for you if: you know someone with depression, but don’t always know the best way to show your support; you believe that a picture speaks a thousand words.
This book is similar to:
- Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney Add on Goodreads | Read My Review
- Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green Add on Goodreads.