Title: Eat, and Love Yourself
Author: Sweeney Boo
Genre: Graphic Novels
Number of Pages: 160
For a book whose moral is conveyed in it’s title, this wasn’t bad. Eat, and Love Yourself tells the story of a young woman named Mindy who has crushingly low self-esteem and is bulimic. Mindy buys a candy bar with unexpected magical properties- every time she takes a bite, she goes back in time and sees herself in memories when she was younger and explores what caused her have such a negative self-image.
This was a quick read that also serves as an effective portrayal of how damaging societal body image standards are to girls and women. Mindy is a bright young woman and a good friend but she defines herself solely on her size. The characters are ethnically diverse and stood out from each other well so I didn’t get them mixed up. The plot arc is a little too simple and I think Mindy’s character could have used to be developed a bit more, but I found this to be an enjoyable read that wasn’t as preachy as I thought it might be.
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