Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter Than My Shadow

eBook - 2017
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Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats she'd have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life, a set of circumstances can collide, and normal behavior can soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak they prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure, and to eventually find happiness.
Publisher: [United States] : Lion Forge Comics, 2017
ISBN: 9781549301094
Call Number: Digital Comic
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Green, Katie
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A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery.

A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery.

Grade 9 up. This graphic memoir deals frankly with issues of eating disorders, body image and sexual abuse and the constant pursuit of perfectionism the author experienced. This book shares the author's story of transformation over time from a rigidly controlled adolescent hindered by fear of fai... Read More »

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Sep 04, 2020

I found this book really spoke to me. And I teared up a lot while Reading certain parts because the author had been describing thoughts and feeling of my own that I had never became fully aware of before this book. It really did feel like I was understood. I think anyone who is or has struggled with an eating disorder (especially anorexia nervosa/bulimia/bingeing) will be able to relate to this. I highly recommend this book.

Mar 30, 2020

My reading life is plagued by my utmost effort to not complete any book that I touch. But, even I could not leave my chair until I read through this 500 page long beautifully illustrated memoir of hardship and growth. Not having suffered through any sort of eating disorder, I had doubts as to if I could ever find interest in this book, but within 10 minutes of reading I realized that what I held in my ignorant hands was not a mere book but a complete person that was allowing me into their life. By the end of it, it felt like I had known Ms. Green my whole life, as if I had been right by her side as she went through her journey. Her writing, accompanied by her exceptional and personal art, managed to make me feel emotions I hadn't in a long time. Her portrait of mental illness as an uncontrollable monster (visualized as squiggly lines that literally take over her art) paints a picture truer than any other I have witnessed. If you want to see what it is like to struggle, and ultimately to overcome, I cannot recommend anything other than Lighter Than My Shadow.

May 13, 2019

Keeping with the theme of graphic novels like "Fun Home" and "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant", this chronicles a woman's lifetime eating disorder - from anorexia to bulimia. Sad in some parts, happy in others, you'll find yourself really rooting for her and hoping she'll get better.

IndyPL_BreeF Apr 04, 2019

Lighter Than My Shadow tackles the complexity of eating disorders, which are often brushed off based on a superficial understanding. It shows that eating disorders aren't just about one's appearance, but also control, compulsion and a myriad of other factors. It also addresses the vulnerability that people with eating disorders experience that leaves them prey to abuse. The author demonstrates the power of art when navigating trauma.

Mar 28, 2019

The graphic novel Lighter Than My Shadow follows the author Katie Green with her struggles with anorexia and self-esteem issues from childhood to adulthood. She was sexually assaulted by her alternative therapist. On her rode to recovery Katie used art as a creative outlet to help cope with her struggles with her self-esteem issues. She created this graphic novel to help others going through similar issues and know they are not alone. This book has over 508 pages. It took me about 40 minutes to read. This book I related to on a personal level. I don’t suffer from anorexia or have experienced sexual assault that Katie had. I do struggle from very bad self-esteem issues as most people experience so I could relate with points in Katie's life. This graphic novel showed the struggles with figuring out a problem that can cause the lost of her life and her rode to recovery which was not that easy. This novel had cartoon nudity which may not be suitable for a younger reader.

My rating for this graphic novel is 5/5. @Sheridan of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

KyCCL Jan 30, 2019

Incredibly well-done, this is the hard-hitting tale of the author’s experience with and recovery from body issues, eating disorders, and abuse.

Sep 07, 2018

This is one of my favorite accidental reads. I picked it up not knowing what to expect and loved it. The art is stylized but it gets the point across, which is to tell the story of Katie, who grew up like any other kid but who ended up developing more than one eating disorder because of society's perception of beauty, was sexually abused by someone she trusted, had anxiety, and that almost succumbed to her suicidal tendencies after so much trauma. It does end in on a hopeful and realistic note that while these events never go away, they don't have to dominate our lives with a positive support system

Aug 16, 2018

Okay drawings and dialogue, but dark. Little self awareness or insight. Glossy pages and gray background make type hard to read. Too long.

LiztheLibrarian Mar 22, 2018

The book was beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful, a graphic novel worth reading. I will note that it deals very frankly with issues of eating disorders and sexual abuse so if this is something that you find challenging it is something you will need to take into consideration in deciding to read this graphic novel.

Feb 25, 2018

The author, a young woman artist, candidly documents her personal struggles with a mental illness related to obsession, self-control, body image, and food. It's tragic and hopeful in equal measures.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

Other: Some drug use.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The art work is not especially explicit but there is some nudity and it can be intense at times due to the nature of eating disorders and abuse.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2018

Sexual Content: Some sexual content.


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