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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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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.
I have never come across anything that has described my feelings around this subject so accurately. Even though Katie's story is different to mine, the themes and feelings are very much the same. For someone to be able to convey these feelings and thoughts so accurately is really important for professionals to be able to provide the correct support.
Buy and read this book at your earliest convenience, you couldn't possibly regret it.
An interesting read - but probably an even better gift for someone going through a similar journey. I will pass mine onto my good friend now.
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