Lighter than My Shadow by Katie Green

20893938Like 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 behaviour 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.

How did I get the book?  Present from ChrissiReads  

Genre: Graphic Novel / Memoir

Review: I remember first seeing Lighter Than My Shadow in a bookshop last year but on that day I just couldn’t take it home, it’s a stunning graphic novel but it’s not exactly light – in subject matter or weight, but my lovely my friend gifted it to me this year.

f380b4fd548a370c5a6c3b70dac007a7The artwork in Katie Green’s memoir is uncomplicated. As much as I adore intricate and detailed illustrations the layout and storytelling for Lighter Than My Shadow work better with this approach. Don’t misunderstand, the art is beautiful in its own way and there are some pages that really left an impression long after I finished.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a memoir, consequently its one person’s experience of their struggles with an eating disorder. Yet I do think that because of the format and since Lighter Than My Shadow focuses more on Katie’s feelings (there is no mention of weight) and her journey to finding herself, this graphic novel is definitely worth reading.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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