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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,364 ratings  ·  261 reviews
IT'S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE is a darkly comic, honest and unapologetic illustrated account of the daily struggles with mental health. Ruby Elliot, aka Rubyetc, is the talent behind the hit tumblr account, 'Rubyetc', which has over 210k followers and growing. Taking readers on a journey through the ups and downs of life, the book will encompass everything from anxiety, bipolar ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Orion
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Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
I received an ARC of "It's All Absolutely Fine" via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

This graphic novel is funny and painfully sad at the same time. The cartoonist Ruby Elliot illustrated the frustration and pain of an intovert and bipolar who also suffers from bullima, all in an easy-to-grasp and a funny way.

Although I enjoyed reading her comic and loved it but I felt sorry for the pain and frustration she goes through. And I admire her courage that she has chosen a constructive way t
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abby
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ruby Elliot (known as "Rubyect" on Tumblr, which I would know nothing about, being well past the respectable age for Tumblr) manages to take drawings that resemble the doodles of a drunk kindergartner, combine it with the topic of mental illness, and produce a something humorous and charming. Her graphic memoir is an honest look at depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, but the underlying theme of many of her cartoons are often universal. I don't have any diagnosed mental illness, but I coul ...more
Whitney Atkinson
This was too real!! Ruby sections this book off by talking about the different mental health issues she's encountered--deperession, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, body image issues, and more. Although I haven't had same extent of experiences, I still think Ruby's art perfectly captured ironic and satirical stress of the everyday situations that arrive with mental illness.

Sometimes the art could be a bit too scribbly and hard to read, but that was my only real complaint. I screensh
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Stacey (prettybooks)
I've been following Ruby on Instagram for a little while. I love her hilarious yet totally relatable illustrations about mental health and the struggle of everyday life. As soon as I saw It's All Absolutely Fine, I knew I had to have it. For many of us, it's not absolutely fine and so yeah, it can be really comforting when someone else says "this is bullshit" about something others would not blink an eye at.

Ruby's illustrations depict what it's like to suffer from all kinds of mental health iss
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Sarah
I absolutely loved this book! I'm just so thankful that this book exists, thank you Ruby Elliot!

The drawings were so funny and so relatable! I think I've come across a few bits of Ruby's art on Tumblr but I never really knew who she was until I read this. She gives such an accurate representation of what's it like to live with a mental illness, bad self-esteem, bad body image issues, a bad relationship with food (she had bulimia, I do not but still could relate to what she said) and she also ex
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
NOTE: I'm really close to a milestone on my Instagram (3,000 followers!) and would love to reach it: www.instagram.com/alicetiedthebookish...

I had a signed copy of this sat on my shelf and just waiting to be read. So, today was the day that I picked it up and devoured it in just an hour. This is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Ruby herself as she opens up about her struggles with mental health. Although it was hard-hitting and a little triggering at times, it was a quick and creative
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I might be the first person that applied for this book who had never heard of the author before. I inhabit a very small corner of the internet these days, and haven't had time to creep on Twitter or lurk on Tumblr. Funny story: initially, I thought that this was Allie Brosh's newest book, and just about fell over myself trying to get a copy. It wasn't, though, which is why you should read the titles of books (and actually look at the cover)
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⚔ Silvia ⚓
ARC provided by Netgalley

DNF @ ~50%

I can't do this anymore. I tried taking it slowly, reading only a couple of pages at the time but honestly this is just not working for me.

I think this is a serious case of "it's not you, it's me", because I feel like it's my own mental state that prevented me to enjoy this.

I essentially had two moods while reading this:
-"I don't care about this";
-"I relate to this too much but I don't feel like it's helping me".
I feel slightly bad about the first point and I t
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Lianne - Literary Diversions
I’ve read many accounts of mental illness over the years and, if I’m honest, I have never been entirely sure exactly what it is that I’m looking for. Taken at its most basic, I suppose that you could describe this impulse as that basic need that we all seem to have of trying to find representations of ourselves in the art that I love. Sometimes, no matter how strong we are in our convictions, we need to be able to find some sort of hint that the slightly damaged thoughts that we have exist outsi ...more
Hristina
Ruby Elliot (or Ruby Etc as she's more commonly known) is a legend on tumblr. She makes the most interesting humorous mental-health related comics, I've been following her for years because they hit close to home.
This book is exactly that, her typical style or mental-health related comics, interlaced with her typical wittiness and relatability. She also has written a few passages that talk about her mental-health, and again they're witty and relatable. But best of all, the art is amazing.
It took
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Eh, this was just okay and I actually didn't even finish it. I like the author's candid nature regarding her mental illnesses, but the drawings aren't fun for me, and the handwriting in the drawings is literally illegible at times, and I don't think I found anything genuinely amusing in the 50-ish pages I got through before putting it down. I guess it just wasn't for me. 🤷♀ ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a quick read that was on parts very relatable and on others enlightening on things I haven#t experienced myself.
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
fuck, this really hit me like a ton of bricks. I already knew Ruby's artwork so I wasn't surprised to like that. but those little notes on herself were way too relatable to me. although it made me realise that I'm probably not doing so well mentally, again, since I recognised myself in a lot in this book, it also gave me hope that I can indeed manage it.

full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2016/1...
Bryony Nelson
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This was brill. Super funny and the illustrations were the best. Great book!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ashly Lynn
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Ashly by: Received a free copy via Netgalley.
Synopsis

In this nonfiction, memoir-esque graphic novel Elliot does a marvelous job of depicting what it’s like to live with mental illness–specifically depression and anxiety. This memoir is touching, heartbreaking, thought-provoking, sometimes incredibly funny, and one of those books that seems to say everything that you can’t express. The best part, though, is the message buried in this book that overreaches through each comic, and that’s one that mental illness is hard, and it’s okay to not b
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Schnuet
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Ruby Elliot on social media for quite some time now and I've anxiously awaited this book. As a person who is struggling with mental illness herself, I always enjoyed her drawings and the very insightful blog posts she made from time to time.

I'm not even sure how to really describe it, but her work just means so much to me. Because it feels like she "gets it". In a way that is honest and unique and sometimes really sad, but also funny at the same time.

I have never in my life
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Pip
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my God, I love Ruby.

I have adored Ruby's illustrations for years, her wit and PAINFULLY funny observations make my eyes water with laughter I LOVE HER

I wasn't expecting her discussion about her experiences with mental health to get as dark as it got, but I found it to be a really pleasant surprise. It was an insight into how truly terrifying and hopeless depression can be, without any sugar coating. Go Ruby.

The balance between this and her brilliant/light-hearted illustrations made for a wond
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Julia
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
I received this book through NetGalley. Because it was under the "comics and graphic novels" category, and because of the description, I thought this was going to be a humor book. Instead, it is about the author's mental illness. I felt like I left this book with a better understanding of what it feels like to live with mental illness. I was a little disappointed with the cartoons. I was hoping they would be more funny than they were. A few were good, the rest were kind of meh to me.

I understand
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Fatma
3.5 stars

Much darker than I expected, but still infused with Ruby's charm and wonderfully wonky art.
Anna
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve enjoyed Ruby’s art on rubyetc.tumblr.com so had to borrow this when I spotted it in the library. ‘It’s All Absolutely Fine’ is a collection of her drawings and reflections on mental illness. Although I read it quickly, I found it moving and thoughtful. I particularly liked her comments on therapy:

What I’ve got a shot at controlling is the way I manage what’s happening. And that’s what I was in therapy for, not to be fixed, but to facilitate and support me finding some sort of way through my
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Amanda
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love Ruby's illustrations and think they are entirely relatable, even if you don't struggle with depression/anxiety/other disorders, which I never really have (well maybe the anxiety bit). I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about what it's like having depression/anxiety/other disorders, or anyone who does have them and would like to see how someone else manages it, or anyone else who loves her stuff online. In each chapter there's a page or two of writing to accompany ...more
Daniela
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Wow. This is worth more than 5 stars. This is worth approximately 9873467327367234372 stars. I can't even begin to tell you how well Ruby Elliot depicted what I'm going through. Definitely one of my favourite reads of the year.
Morgan
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
These days my Instagram following list is 10% people I know IRL, 10% dogs, 10% food, and 70% artists/cartoonists. Of that 70%, I'd wager that at least half of those accounts are using art as a vehicle to express/work through depression, anxiety, grief, loss, adulthood, and all the other super fun stuff that comes with it. And IMHO, few do it better than Ruby Elliot (i.e. @rubyetc). I'd already been obsessively following/saving her social media posts for months and months - and once I realized I ...more
Clare Carter
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*

I'm at those graphic novels again ya'll since ya girl still doesn't have time to read a full text book for fun. But this was a really good read! I think that all of the mental health aspects can be super helpful and comforting to so many people and I'm glad this is out in the world for people to see.

Even though I really liked all the little comics, I often felt like they were very random and didn't always necessarily correspond to the text sections (though, maybe they weren't really
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Mar
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Safe to say, I will not be using this book as a coaster 😉

This book articulated and brought to life the emotions that were previously indescribable to me. I related so much to this book, and my heart broke for the tribulations the author faced, particularly because I went through, or am currently facing, similar trials.

And also, the author has such a beautiful writing style, her sentences are worded so nicely and honestly, that’s the kind of writing I aspire to have. I highlighted so many of he
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Jasmine
Ahahahahahahah this is so good. I'm sure these jokes are funny as well to people who DON"T have mental illness, but for those of us on the inside these are almost too real to be funny, except they're also hilarious. Marvellously expressive scribbly drawings and a marvellously biting sense of humour wrapped around extreme vulnerability and despair and stubbornness.
Wilde Sky
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A series of cartoons / comments on mental health / bogy image issues / eating disorders.

I found some of the cartoons laugh out funny and some of the comments on mental health rang very true.
Malou
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, star-1
It failed to be funny. Maybe it wasn't ment to be? I dont know.. But in ether case, I didn't gain anything from reading it.
Ninette
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came (mostly) for the comics and I was not disappointed.
Lucy (TheBookBelle)
A brilliantly witty and funny, but often sensitive, portrayal of mental illness and mental health. A must read!
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Hello I'm Ruby, a person and artist(ish) from London drawing sad things in a funny way and vice versa.

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“Self-harm is not an uncommon experience, nor is it a shameful defect or personal failure, it happended to me because I wasn't able to manage intense emotional distress.” 4 likes
“What I have got a shot at controlling is the way I manage what's happening. And that's what I was in therapy for, not to be fixed, but to facilitate and support me finding some sort of way through my difficulties.” 2 likes
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