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Lighter Than My Shadow by [Green, Katie]
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"Even at its most heartbreaking it never feels sombre … Inspiring, plucky and, in the end, consoling, it’s hard to put down." (Rachel Cooke Observer)

"A work of true devotion." (Paul Gravett Independent)

"This heartbreaking, endearing and painfully honest depiction of a girl fighting against herself to survive makes for a truly amazing story." (We Love This Book)

"[A] searing memoir… Gripping, thanks to its honesty and its disjunction between traumatic subject matter and sometimes childlike artwork, James Smart" (Guardian)

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A beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately heart-lifting graphic memoir

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 177529 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (11 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRUZIE6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is one of those prejudices that the graphic format is somehow less than writing. Time after time this has been shown to be wrong, pictures can often communicate more than words and here is another example to add to the cannon of graphic novels that deal with serious issues. The content may be personal, but the themes and issues are pertinent to many, how we struggle with growing up, how we deal with our friends and families when we feel 'outside', how some people are willing to take advantage when we are at our most vulnerable, and how we can learn to live with ourselves and others. The book flows like a novel, but the understanding that this is a true account of Ms. Green's personal experiences is never far from the surface. A flaw in some graphic novels is that they both tell and show, a trap that has been skilfully avoided here. Katie has truly embraced the medium limiting the text and choosing to show us her inner state through the use of a simple palette with occasional points of emotional colour. This book is truly an extraordinary experience, and what is hard to believe is that this is her first graphic novel. I for one am looking forward to the other stories Katie might tell us through her art.
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Absolutely sensational work here from newcomer Katie Green, who has created a timeless piece of eating disorder literature in the graphic novel medium. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it can easily hold its own next to work by Art Spiegelman or Alan Moore for the sheer level of emotion and accuracy in its mammoth 500+ pages. You will sit down to read this over the course of a week and find you have finished within a few hours. You will most likely start reading it all over again. Dark, engrossing, devastating, and yet hopeful, this is a heartbreaking narrative of the highest order. If you suffer from an ED, or even if you don't, "Lighter Than My Shadow" deserves a place on your bookshelf. Highly recommended.
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I have never suffered from an eating disorder, yet this book touched me very deeply. I think it is because Katie Green has the courage not only to (repeatedly!) face up to her demons, but also a remarkable level of skill and sensitivity to find powerful and elegant words and pictures for the process. The book's 514 pages help me profoundly with my own struggles.

It is also an engrossing read - I set the alarm early and read it in one sitting (with a very brief break for a bit of morning toast!)

Thank you for writing this book.
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Lighter Than my Shadow is a heavy book. It is 508 pages long (which makes it a heavyweight), but its content is also heavy, dealing with the serious subject of anorexia. But somehow, Katie Green lightens the story with her ability to clearly story-tell through drawing, words and the use of space on the page. I was immediately drawn in to Katie's story and I didn't stop until I exited a few hours later. Katie took me into her inner world of struggling with her body image,with food and relationships. This was a complex journey that Katie relates so articulately. The book is superbly drawn and is full of clever techniques that enrich the story she is telling. As a mental health academic I cannot think of a better way for people to learn about what it must be like to experience serious problems with eating. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in this topic.
Theo Stickley, University of Nottingham.
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Katie Green's book is not only technically brilliant, it's also totally engrossing, brave and unflinchingly honest. An in-depth exploration of illness and recovery like this will surely be a great help to many people. Even those who have never experienced anything close to what Katie experienced will be able to relate to her evocative depiction growing up, and all the insecurities and struggle involved with becoming your own person. A wonderful book.
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Lighter Than My Shadow is a work of non fiction about Katie Green’s struggles with eating disorders. I was so impressed with how much empathy I felt throughout reading this memoir. I didn’t expect to be so moved by it.

I thought the illustrations were absolutely beautiful. They’re simple, yet so intense. I loved the dark cloud that followed Katie, changing in size depending on how she was feeling at that moment in time. The representation of Katie’s body guilt was incredibly powerful and incredibly disturbing at the same time.

As I mentioned, I was moved by this story. I found Katie’s struggle with her body image so hard to read about. The illustrations really added to the story and how badly Katie was feeling. I understood how she felt, and some of her feelings of low self worth really resonated with me as well. She has a way with words and with art, clearly.

I really didn’t expect Lighter Than My Shadow to be about other struggles Katie has had, but it is and it delves quite deeply into tough subject matter. It’s done so well though. I really felt empathy for Katie and amazed at her strength. I’m so pleased that she represented her struggles in this way.

As for eating disorder trigger warnings, there isn’t any information about weight. We never know how much Katie weighed at her lowest. We don’t know any clothes sizes. The reader just learns about how Katie and her family’s life was absolutely turned upside down by her eating disorder.
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