Graphic Novel Review 23/365: Lighter Than My Shadow – A Guest Review

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As will be the case from time to time, I will feature a guest graphic novel review on this span of 365 days.  My good pal Jason Nisavic sent me this outstanding review while I was on my way to Hawaii in case I needed a breather.  I was going to hold it for a later date, but since with the time change, I will be traveling 13 hours today, I thought I’d share and not stress.  So, Pull List Week will be taking a day off to bring you this great title.  Thanks again, Jason!  I love this!  His Twitter contact info is at the end of the post.

Title: Lighter Than My Shadow

Author: Katie Green

Publisher: Roar, an imprint of Lion Forge (2017)

Rating: 17+

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While moderating a panel at the American Library Association convention this year, I lamented to the crowd about how there aren’t enough graphic novels about topics in Psychology. Right after the panel ended, a woman appeared like a dream and handed me a copy of Katie Green’s riveting graphic novel.

If you’ve ever wanted to understand the mindset of a loved one with an eating disorder, this is the most effective work I have ever seen.  Katie tells the autobiographical story of her youth as her anxiety about food and control emerges in the form of a black cloud.  Throughout her life we see this terrifying tangle invade her mind and body as she struggles with the irrational drives of her illness.  On top of all of this, we are also introduced to the terrible realities of sexual abuse as a valued mentor betrays her trust during her most vulnerable time.  The book stretches on, showing us accurately that recovery from illness is nothing like movies and TV depict it; indeed, it can be a years-long process of ups and downs with no clear and definitive “end.”

Katie’s imagery makes the book easily understood at almost any age, but the themes involved might be a bit much for anyone younger than high school.  Nudity is used tastefully and powerfully, and will result in some very necessary conversations about respecting one’s own body and the bodies of others.

As a work, this book is required reading for students of psychology and is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of my classroom.  Please support Katie Green’s effort to share her struggles.  Information on her book can be found at https://lighterthanmyshadow.com/

Onward & Upward,

Jason

Twitter: @teaching_humans

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One comment

  1. Great review! I was pretty mesmerized by this book too! Your approach to exploring the delicate themes of the book in this review is really impressive! I wondered how I might approach my colleagues with this text considering the nudity and sexual abuse but you’ve given me talking points.

    Thank you!

    Michael
    @tryingteacher

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