Print Length: 160 pages
Publisher: BOOM! Box
When Mindy is upset over Shae (her best friend) pointing out how much she keeps eating but doesn’t listen to her friend’s worry, Mindy hits an all-time low with her self-esteem. If you know anyone suffering from body image issues or eating disorders, or have suffered from it, Mindy is a character that will touch you deeply with her thought process.
The graphic novel is created by Sweeney Boo, a French artist/writer who created this as her first personal comic project and successfully published it using Kickstarter.
The story of Mindy is a case for so many people – it brings to light the relationship with food, eating disorders, expectations, confidence, self-discovery and self-acceptance. When Mindy impulsively buys a bar of chocolate after she meets with Shae, she discovers that each bite of the chocolate takes her back to instances in past where she took refuge in food. The writer creatively seeks to bring forth that understanding the problem and accepting oneself is where the healing starts positively.
The illustrations are vivid, bright and contemporary. It is interesting to see that the protagonist is drawn as a healthy woman with an unhealthy eating disorder; one may not even think of it as a major problem until they know the person closely and monitor their behaviour under different stressful circumstances.
In conclusion – I like the illustrations and the concept. However, the story felt a little incomplete to me. Though the problems were addressed in glances, I wish the book was longer!
Thanks to Boom! Studios and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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