We have a small tribe of graphic novel readers, mainly manga fans, but some of them just like to read anything with pictures and a story, I think. I am always on the lookout for new and different titles and here are two that I found lately (not sure where…maybe a listserv?).
The first, Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield, is an emotional tale of a young girl/woman’s battle with herself over her body image. It deals with anorexia and bulimia and is a an interesting take on the issue.
How I Made it to Eighteen, by Tracy White, deals with some of the same issues as Tyranny but also covers family, drugs, suicide and relationships.
Both are engrossing reads and highly suitable for young people to read. Neither backs away from the issues and are graphic in places, no pun intended. The artwork in both is mainly simple line drawings with some stylised characters. How I Made It has a more dramatic style (in my opinion) with its use of text and visuals to show thoughts and speech, whereas Tyranny is more of a one-sided description of what happened to the author.
That is also one of the important points : both books are written and drawn by the person who experienced the issues, so there is an air of authenticity about the material. This is not some textbook or counsellor speaking “about” the issue. It really happened to these women, they made it through to the other side, and have recorded their versions of what it was like. Highly recommended.