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How I Made It to Eighteen by Tracy  White
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Sep 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: body-issues, graphic-novels, memoir, suicide, washyarg, young-adult
Read in November, 2010

How I Made it to Eighteen is the compelling graphic memoir of a nervous breakdown. Author Stacy Black/Tracy White admits herself to a psychiatric hospital when depression overwhelms her, and her account depicts the long months over which she reluctantly gets in touch with the feelings that led her to bulimia, cutting, drug abuse, and a self-destructive relationship. Black juxtaposes her first person account with the clinical voice of hospital records, and her friends regularly appear in their own panels, supplying perspective on her problems. Spare, black and white line drawings with lots of blank and grey space evoke Black’s emotional isolation and lack of affect perfectly. While Black’s story ends rather too abruptly (on a positive note) to be satisfying, this book will absolutely appeal to a high school audience.

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