Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review: It's All Absolutely Fine

It's All Absolutely Fine It's All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In It's All Absolutely Fine Ruby Elliot explores the topic of mental health and getting through life when you think you are the only one that's just not getting how easy this is all supposed to be. While the drawings are often humorous, they do tackle serious topics like body image issues, anxiety, depression and more. It's biographical to the author while retaining enough generalities to relate to the reader.

I first discovered this author/artist through social media, and while I'm not a huge fan of this particular drawing style, the subject matter of the cartoons is enough to want to read more and enjoy it--even if it comes down to secretly loving the idea of knowing someone else could be having a miserable day just like you. It approaches the highs and lows of mental health in a relatable way, especially when it comes to others' reactions to everything you do ("Get over it", "You'll be okay", "Just be positive" -- as the author points out, not helpful. At all.). It's what you want to read on the bad days to make you smile.

*Book provided by NetGalley

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