Spoiler-Free Review: Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
Date Started: 25/8/2017
Date Finished: 25/8/2017
Synopsis: Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast.
But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.
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 vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
*I received a copy in trade of an honest review via Netgalley*
Sometime in the last month I received one of those normal emails with some of the latest 'Read Now' Graphic Novels. Normally I look through but tend to not be able to find any that I'm interested in, however I saw this one and instantly knew I needed to read it.
Lighter Than My Shadow is a graphic novel story featuring important real life things, such as eating disorders (including Anorexia), sexual assault and depression as well as other things. If you are sensitive to these topics then I'd recommend maybe giving this graphic novel a miss.
I believe this is the authors' own story (Katie Green), so it's based off real experiences. I know there are so many people who have experienced the topics mentioned and am so happy to see Katie publishing this graphic novel and sharing her story.
This graphic novel is on the longer side at just over 500 pages, but it still didn't take me too long to finish. It's one of those reads that just sucks you in and you can't forget about it afterwards, I think it's going to be one of those reads that is going to stick with me for a while.
I think the art style fitted well with the story as it wasn't too bold that it took your attention away from the importance of the story, but it was still detailed enough.
Though the story did suck me in, I did struggle to carry on through some parts as it was a bit slow paced.
Overall, I'm glad I read Lighter Than My Shadow and would definitely recommend if you're looking for a read that surrounds Mental Health and the effects it can have on people's lives.
Rate - 3/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17456953-lighter-than-my-shadow?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Lighter-Than-My-Shadow/9780224090988
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