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Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield
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Apr 19, 10

bookshelves: biographical, feminist, graphic-memoir, graphicnovel, psychological, realistic, ya
Read in April, 2010

Fairfield chronicles her experience with eating disorders. She manifests her disorder with a character named "Tyranny." I'm not in love with the illustration style, and the I felt like the narrative could have been tighter. Certainly appropriate for the audience, I suppose, which I'm assuming is made up of girls with eating disorders. But.... I think maybe my problem with it is that it tries to do some sophisticated things with the illustrations - non-linear speech bubbles, an "imaginary" character, some visual symbolism - but it's done in such a simplistic illustration style, those things seem out of place and confusing. Also, the narrative climax/eureka moment seems, in retrospect, to have to do with the death of a friend, but that really isn't built up at all, so that it's only in retrospect that you realize that that was the turning point.
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