Oh. My. God. This book.
I can‘t even begin to put into words how I feel about it.
Every cell in my body has died and grown again.
This is a heartfelt memoir in mostly drawings about several years in her young adulthood as her career and personal life were taking off.
She distills feelings SO well in one or two drawings! Noelle struggled with depression, coming out, gender confusion, religion, etc so it is not light reading.
But as a fan of her graphic novels, I am glad I read more about her in her own words/images. She is pretty amazing and brave to put herself out there.
This graphic memoir, told in the format of Noelle Stevenson‘s “Year in Review” updates from 2011-2019 is earnest and vulnerable…but somehow still guarded. It‘s hard to feel, as a reader, that you‘re not getting the complete story (& not as a literary device, either)…but to also feel, as an understanding person, that maybe you‘re not owed that.
I appreciate this doodle, as I was once (pre-Bones) the Treasurer of an “I Love David Boreanaz Fan Club.”
We all had matching t-shirts adorned with puffy-painted smiley faces with fangs.
*Note: I don‘t know why I was elected Treasurer. I‘m not a numbers gal. But I suspect my acceptance of the position had something to do with the sparkly pink Kaboodle in which we kept our (lemonade sale) funds. Très chic.
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I finished this book in one sitting. I‘m not even kidding. It was THAT GOOD! I loved it, it was very personal and emotional. I think it‘s safe to say I cried because least three different parts. I have SO MUCH respect for Noelle Stevenson for creating and publishing something so beautiful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was so interesting… I love the author and am a big Lumberjanes/She-ra fan… and it‘s poignant reading this knowing her journey from the end onwards (she/he/they are transitioning, sort of - they explain it better than me!) I think there is a lot to mull over here for people from religious backgrounds too. I read it digitally but would like to reread in paper. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hmm - seems an odd choice to put this in with the junior graphic novels (but this is what happens when you outsource orders and cataloguing)
Noelle Stevenson is the author of Nimona, a co-creator of The Lumberjanes, and showrunner for She-Ra. In her moving “memoir in pictures” that covers highlights and low points from age 17 to 27, she mostly addresses her younger selves, focusing on the ways she grows and changes. She writes honestly about creative drive, steps to improve her mental health, coming to terms with failure, and coming out of the closet. #LGBTQ #comics