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Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity)

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At once punk rock and poignant, Ink in Water is the visceral and groundbreaking graphic memoir of a young woman’s devastating struggle with negative body image and eating disorders, and how she rose above her own destructive behaviors and feelings of inadequacy to live a life of strength and empowerment.

As a young artist living in Portland, Lacy Davis’ eating disorder bega
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by New Harbinger Publications
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This graphic novel is a real gift.

Knowing it’s a memoir makes everything even more relatable, you know what I mean?
I’ve been fighting my binge & purge eating disorder for years now, 5 years to be precise, and I’ve never related with a graphic novel as much as I did with this one.

In this gn, you learn a few things about eating disorders : anything can trigger them, you don’t always look like you’re fighting, the fight never ends, sometimes you feel amazing but it doesn’t mean you can’t have d
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rc-17
First of all, at one point in my life I was in a similar situation so I appreciate this one, not just because it is accurate, but because created a real, hard and touching portrait about how it's live with an ED, but because is really encouranging.

Yes, you can endend up in a fuck up situation, but that doesn't mean that you are cursed to stay in this one, not even mean that is easy, but what Lacy show is that hard work pays, you can get better, you can change your situation and can be a happier
David Schaafsma
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A first graphic memoir by Lacy J. Davis of her eating disorder and recovery, illustrated by first time illustrator Jim Kettner. Like Katie Green's Lighter than my Shadow, the style of the book would seem to echo the personality of the author. Green's is long, but quietly thoughtful, lovely, spare, sad. This one is written and illustrated LOUDLY with a punk aesthetic, too much on every page, just jarringly. . .. loud.

I'm really not a fan of the goofy art, and for a graphic memoir there are just
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lacy J. Davis has nailed it in this graphic novel memoir of her battle with an eating disorder in Ink in Water. She bravely takes the reader on a journey with her from its inception with thoughts of not being good enough to the beginnings of food restriction and anorexia, to compulsively exercising and finally bulimia. We watch on as her world shrinks along with her body, as she shuts out friends while her obsession with her body takes hold. We're taken inside her mind as she battles the thought ...more
[Shai] Bibliophage
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
When I saw the synopsis for this graphic novel, I thought I would be reading something boring an uninteresting. But my first impression isn't right because I finished reading this in just a few hours. Not to mention that this is also very helpful and inspiring especially those who are having eating disorder. Hopefully the release of this would motivate people to love whatever their shape or size they have.
Gurveen Kaur
You know when you find a story that reflects purity, honesty and a good heart, and imprints all these emotions and thoughts in you and yet you're left speechless? Ink in Water by Lacy J. Davis and Jim Kettner does just that!

My very first graphic novel, this one's going to stay with me for a very long time.

Lacy shares her struggles with Life and her health that she's had to deal with since her early 20s. A normal girl, with a happy childhood, good people around and a healthy dating life - is su
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and New Harbinger Publications, Inc for an uncorrected proof of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

An extremely candid graphic novel, Lacy J. Davis exposes the demons that abound in the world of eating disorders. I am so grateful that she wrote it! Through black and white photos, Davis speaks with such raw emotion of living each day with an ED. So very relateable!
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, lgbtqqiap
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ink in Water is an illustrated memoir that tells the story of Lacy. It tells her journey, mostly focusing on her eating disorder and anxiety.

I really liked this book, the story was captivating and I couldn’t put it down…
I loved Lacy, she was so relatable.
I teared up a couple time, it made me feel so much.
The only reason this doesn’t get 5 stars is that even though I liked the art I didn’t LOVE it…
Still, a great read that I
Melina Souza
Nessa graphic novel autobiográfica, Lacy J. Davis conta sua história com distúrbio alimentar de uma forma bem real. Lacy fala dos altos e baixos do processo de recuperação.
É uma leitura muito importante tanto pra quem passa por isso, quanto pra quem quer entender sobre anorexia e outros transtornos alimentares. É uma leitura emocionante (chorei um pouquinho), inspiradora e educativa. Imagino que muitas pessoas vão conseguir se identificar e se ver ali naquelas páginas e isso é muito importante.
Katie Kempski
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If there's a right way to write a book about ED, this is it.

I used to have an eating disorder, one that was actually extremely similar to what Lacy describes. Most books I've read during and since have been triggering, usually glamorizing eating disorders or lessening how harsh and terrible they really can be.

But this book doesn't do that. Thank God.

Ink and Water is difficult to read at times, but only because Lacy doesn't hold back on how much she struggled and how much her ED affected her an
Clair Sharpe
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Lacy Davis, and the publisher, New Harbinger for this opportunity.
Ink in Water is a memoir of Lacy Davis’ upsetting struggle with negative body image and eating disorders. and how she rose above her own damaging behaviours and feelings of inadequacy to live a life of strength and empowerment.
Told in the form of a graphic novel, it covers her friendships and how they break down, the beginning of her recovery
Deepika Ramesh
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It doesn't matter how big you feel; the sky is bigger than you," says Lacy J Davis in her epilogue.

'Ink in Water' records Lacy's struggle with eating disorder. She was always feeling big. Every food seemed unhealthy. She was losing friends, jobs, and finally herself to the disorder that was spreading like ink in water.

The illustrations are haunting and moving, for in the panels which show her battle with bulimia, Lacy looks like an X-Ray projection of herself. As she is aided by her boyfriend
A Bookish ✧ Fable
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Having a eatingdisorder, there's alot in this that you can relate too. Very nice and also infomative for related people that wants to know more from ones perspective.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my to-read list for a while, and I'm glad I finally snagged it. It's a beautifully drawn black and white comics memoir of self-esteem, eating disorders, recovery and body positivity. At the start of the book, Lacy is an art student living in Portland, Oregon. She's a punk, a zine maker, a feminist, a voracious reader, bisexual and owner of many Bikini Kill albums. But despite her politics, the seeds of a deep body anxiety are waiting in the dark to grown into an addiction t ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book simply because the concept is so different. I read a lot of biographies and memoirs, but this is the first I've seen in a comic book format, and it really works. It's much easier to read, with the information and accounts much more succinct, offering only the bare bones. The monochrome colour scheme really works well to complement the topics covered; eating disorders and recovery, dating and relationships, amongst others. The only thing I didn't like was the odd swear ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC in return for an honest review on NetGalley.

I have to say that I requested this mainly because of the cover. I loved the art style. The subject hit close to home and I really appreciated the existence of the comic. I was just hoping that I would love reading it so I could brag to everyone that I read it and that they should too.

Thankfully, I loved this book. I loved how open and honest the author was. This had to be some painful art to make. I felt both like a voyeur and a confidant
Julie Ehlers
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ink in Water is like the grown-up older sister to Lighter Than My Shadow, which I also read this year. In addition to having much more vivid and evocative art, Ink in Water is also edgier and just plain more adult—which makes sense, because Lacy J. Davis actually was an adult when she developed her eating disorder. As a result, this book tackles the issues head-on in a way that Lighter Than My Shadow doesn't quite do. It's probably not entirely fair to compare the two books; Lighter Than My Shad ...more
Valerity (Val)
I really enjoyed this graphic novel format, a first for me of an illustrated memoir by Lacy Davis about her battle with an eating disorder that really began to mess up her life while she was in college. It seemed to begin after a really painful breakup of a relationship and only got worse until finally, a friend talked her into trying a 12 step program. That helped some but she still had to find her own way in the end. A well-told story in a relatable format. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and ...more
Jocelyn Schenk-Laewetz
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A captivating memoir! One of struggle, relapse, raw emotions and empowerment. This memoir will have you hooked from the very start! It is organized well and captures the readers interests. Lacy J. Davis does a fantastic job illustrating her journey with her Eating Disorder (ED) and provides the reader with the opportunity to peak inside the world of an ED. The memoir is graphic at times and does contain explicit language so keep that in mind if considering incorporating into any sort of curricul ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
My first graphic novel and I thought the subject matter sounded interesting. The overall feel of the story is dark and I think this is enhanced by the black and white pictures but ultimately it is very uplifting and empowering. Exploring a multitude of topics: self doubt, relationships, friendships, obsessive disorders including eating and excerising and learning to love yourself again.
A very interesting format, no waffling, just feelings which are straight to the point which makes it very easy
48/45 books read in 2017
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

An extremely powerful account of the start of an eating disorder and the continuous struggle of living a life during recovery from said ED. Although I have never officially had an ED, I do know the struggle of living with and despite your demons (for me, my demons are more perfectionism/anxiety based). This story gripped me and I felt like I was right there with Lacy. I definitely recommend this to anyone, whether you
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harrowing memoir about a woman's struggle with the eating disorder that took over her life affecting her work, friendships, and love life.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I don't read a lot of non-fiction but I really enjoyed this book. I think that whether you have had a full-blown eating disorder or not, it's hard to be a woman in today's society without having some kind of weird or complicated relationship with food at least at some point in your life, so this book has a lot of very relatable moments even if you haven't been exactly where the author is. I really liked the in dep
It's ironic I picked this book shortly after reading Lighter Than My Shadow (which is an amazing comic, BTW). Both are autobiographical graphic novels, but each one of them has a very different style: the art, the perspective, the way to 'copy with' eating disorders.

I can't lie. The drawing made me uncomfortable from the very beginning. I can't point out exactly why, but reading this was not relaxing in any way. The dark thick strokes, the caricature-like faces, the constant odd movements and th
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friend invited me to see the authors at Powells, so I got to know a little more about the making of the book. Two things that particularly stick out are that authors do not have control over the full title. That parenthetical was not their choice, though there was a worse option that they did get to turn down.

Also, I will always remember that there were complaints about the drawings of Lacy not looking pretty, especially when she was sick. I think that says something about the pressure put on
Rachael | booksforbrunch
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel mainly set in Portland, OR (also takes place in the Bay area and Philly), gave me insight to eating disorders and body image. Not often a topic of conversation, I know little about what it’s like to grapple with this illness. I’m grateful Lacy Davis shared her story with the world and I hope it helps people in similar positions.

This graphic follows Lacy’s journey with anorexia and eventually bulimia. I know what they are but to be in Lacy’s thoughts while she’s out celebratin
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
Facts: I am a fat bearded man. I have been fat for a long time. I carry myself with pride and have come to an understanding with myself that I am good how I am. I can be more healthy and strive towards that, but socially, I am aware of myself and not bothered... For the most part.

While the bearded part didn't come until much later, I was always the "Husky" kid (I hate that term). I remember the first time I stressed about my size. Seventh grade was particularly hard for all the kids my age, new
Madison Lourette
Ink In Water is a comic memoir about its author, Lacy J. Davis, and her battle with an eating disorder. The book starts out with telling you about how she was when she was younger, being a punk rocker type of person that doesn't dwell on social faux pas. At this point she doesn't have an eating disorder. This only happens after her boyfriend breaks up with her. This causes a lasp in her brain of thinking that she got broken up with because she didn't look good enough. That she was too big. This ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a very long time since I've read a graphic novel. Honestly, I don't even remember what the last one was that I read, but I'm SO glad I came across Ink in Water on NetGalley.

Lacy is brutally honest about her battle with anorexia. She is open about the good and the bad decisions she's made throughout her life and how she is constantly recovering. Those evil thoughts about not being good enough are constantly circling through her mind, but in the end, she has learned how not to be trapp
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graficos, memorias
“…because little girls are fucking golden. And guess what, you’re golden too.”

As a father of a five-year old girl, I can only agree with you, Ms. Davis. Your final note was very touching.

This is a graphic novel about Davis’s fight, always an ongoing struggle, with eating disorders. The story is relatively straightforward with many of the common themes surrounding addictions (doubts, powerlessness, lack of self-awareness, relapse, etc). But each story and life is unique and this one is too. Davis
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