An absorbing graphic novel memoir by illustrator David Small. With a cold, emotionally repressed mother, a certifiably insane grandmother, and a radiologist father who used high doses of x-rays to treat David's respiratory problems, his childhood was not exactly bright and shiny. When he develops a huge neck growth, his parents delay his treatment for several years. After two surgeries, a massive scar, and the loss of his voice, they withhold the full truth for years longer: it was cancer, and his father caused it.
The art is cinematically framed and very expressive while being understated. Adults and older teen readers who like A Child Called It and other stories of extreme childhood adversity will like this tale of a boy who manages to overcome his family and become his own man.