Marguerite feels awkward, struggling every day to stay productive at work and keep up appearances with friends. She is sensitive, irritable at times. She makes her environment a fluffy, comforting cocoon, alienating her boyfriend. The everyday noise and stimuli assault her senses, the constant chatter of her co-workers working her last nerve. Then, when one big fight with her boyfriend finds her frustrated and dejected, Marguerite finally investigates the root of her discomfort: after a journey of tough conversations with her loved ones, doctors, and the internet, she discovers that she has Asperger’s. Her life is profoundly changed – for the better.
How did I get the book? Netgalley, received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Review: After over 100 of lockdown this is the first story I have read. Given my passion for books I had expected that reading would be at the forefront of occupying me during the current climate but in fact it has been one of my struggles.
Invisible Differences in many ways felt comforting because Marguerite feelings felt like a reflection of my own. For a disclaimer, I do not have Asperger’s. However very much an introvert who can “pretend” at being social. I assume people mean what they say, I struggle with the unexpected and my life is lived by spoons due to my illness. (This will make sense when you read the book). As such this book felt very emotionally connected at times.
The storytelling of Invisible Differences is straightforward and linear. I especially liked that the narrator engaged with the reader at set points, for example with the repetition of the panels. It made Marguerite experience clear. The artwork of course complimented this, and the use of coloured panels to highlight anxiety was brilliant.
Invisible Differences is beautiful.
Review by: Luna