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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,741 ratings  ·  433 reviews
A young woman and her wife's attempts to have a child unfold in this poetic tale that ebbs and flows like the sea.

After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working t
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Archaia (first published February 15th 2017)
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Jan 11, 2020 added it
I enjoyed the themes and messages here, I'd love for the struggles to conceive to be more openly talked about, but it felt rushed and too fast. I wish it was a little more contemplative, had a bit more story. But I did enjoy it and many of the illustrations were really pretty. ...more
Amalia Gkavea
‘’Sometimes we drown drinking in the sea. A sea as red as a heart that’s stopped beating. We look up from an underwater crossroads - return to the surface or let go.’’

A young woman is trying to have a baby. Things don’t go as she planned, her wife is her rock, her loyal supporter, her hope. But she cannot chase away the nightmares that have been hunting our narrator, the images of a lone boat, the images of drowning. Of suicide. When tragedy strikes, the couple will need each other more than ev
Dave Schaafsma
An achingly beautiful and of course sad story of Chabbert's miscarriage and (emotional) recovery with the help of her so sweet wife. Waves function as metaphor on various levels throughout, with pastel watercolors. Very few medical details are shared, as the focus is on the emotional sea they both sail on, waves of grief and recovery. Many wordless panels and wave-y clouds and dreams of waves, and wavey hair in the wind and wavey dog tails. Another reason for few details is so that readers, mayb ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LGBTQIAP representation, heartwarming illustrations, supportive partners, amazing storytelling.

A difficult read for me as it handles issues which I get to see some patients struggle with the most during most days. It's accurately presented. I liked how such difficult topics have been presented with sensitivity and care.

Also, appreciate the parts where therapy sessions have been shown (though I wish it was more elaborate) and how the process of journalling was actually helping the character to co
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
A heart-wrenching autobiographical story about a lesbian couple dealing with a miscarriage. Carole Maurel's art is fantastic, especially how color or the lack of it is incorporated into the book. After tragedy strikes, the color shifts to black and white. Color slowly seeps back into the book as the couple processes their loss and learns how to move on with their life. It's a powerful use of the comics medium that really packs a punch and delivers the characters' emotions.

Received a review copy
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Content warnings for miscarriage, loss of child, infertility, depression

Based on the author's personal experiences with her partner, Waves follows a couple trying to have a baby, and the ways they are forced to find healing afterwards.

I don't know what I was thinking requesting an eARC of this graphic novel.

It was beautiful, and tragic, and so honest, and well-done... and one of the most miserable things I've ever read. I couldn't stop sobbing. Waves is brutal and, despite how great of a graphic
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
This is a story of two lesbians journey of losing a child. Regardless of the gender of your spouse (or your own gender) this story of miscarriage is very poignant. The use of colour (or lack thereof) to demonstrate times of grief and depression is really well done. Especially when the colours slowly start to show up in the panels of this graphic novel.

Based on writer Ingrid Chabbert’s true story of losing a baby; there is no denying that this is a story that is difficult but important to tell.
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
Waves is a heartbreaking and simultaneously hopeful graphic novel, that gives those who haven't experienced anything like this just a small glimpse into what it must feel like, and those who have, some hope and the feeling of not being alone.

The art is absolutely breathtaking. It especially portrays the emotions incredibly well and is what makes it so easy to understand what and how the characters are feeling. I don't think there is a way to express this pain in words and that is what really mak
When you are a lesbian, it is a little harder to conceive, and much more expensive. Trust me, I know all about this. I've been there, done that, have the kid to prove it.

So, this very moving story, based on the authors attempts to become a parent, cut to the bone, probably more so for me, than those out there who have not had to go through what she went through to try to become a parent.

The pictures are moving as well.

I was deeply touched by this story. Death of anyone is hard to take, but to l
Both heartbreaking and beautiful.

5 stars

Steff Fox
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A children's book author, Ingrid Chabbert sets off to share the painful story of sharing her struggles with her inability to have a child and the loss of one via miscarriage in graphic novel format. A short, though not entirely sweet due to the sad nature of the story, the novel begins with a young woman and her wife as they embark on the journey to have a child together and face a number of struggles, many of which lead to the unending challenge of facing the days ahead
James DeSantis
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I'm going to get a bit personal on here.

A few years back my wife miscarriage with our first child. It was probably one of the biggest challenges in our lives. Both together and dealing with our own loss. I shut myself away from her and just about everyone, and she went into depression. It took a long time, and many other stumbles, before we got back up. But it was one of the hardest points in our lives.

Waves is about two ladies who finally get pregnant and are ready to create the famil
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Waves is a heartbreaking, profound and beautiful graphic novel.

The story is a simple one, an event repeated time after time throughout the world. A long awaited pregnancy brings hope and happiness to a young couple. What follows is reflected in the first few desolate scenes when a young woman and her wife come to terms with their tragic loss. The artwork is vivid, the colours reflective of the emotions of the moms and how they come to terms with the loss of their child. I don’t remember when I
Rod Brown
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I admire the painful story of loss and recovery at the center of this book, especially since it is told from the perspective of a lesbian couple, an angle I have not seen before. However, the dream and fantasy sequences, writing samples from the protagonist’s journal, and heavy-handed metaphors just sank this book into a sea of pretentiousness. It also suffered in comparison to the unadorned and moving style of the graphic memoir I had read earlier the same day: Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Pos ...more
Sanna G. Ståhl
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Think of yourself as dung beetles [...] Dung beetles lug their ball of dung around...we all have our own ball of dung to lug around. We're all dung beetles, in our own way."

This graphic novel is absolutely beautiful. Not only is the art stunning and well made but the story itself is so raw and heartbreaking. It fills me both with warmth and sadness.

Ingrid Chabbert tells us the story of a lesbian couple who finally gets pregnant after a long time trying. But things doesn't go as planned and bec
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Waves was a beautifully poignant story based on the author's real life experience of dealing with miscarriage/s. This book was painfully raw at times and made me pretty emotional. Whilst I have never been pregnant, I can only imagine the absolute devastation the two women in this book must have felt, alongside guilt, frustration, anger and hope that eventually they will have a child.

The story was pretty muted throughout - there wasn't a tonne of dialogue - but I thought this worked really well
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Waves is one of the most well put together comic that will make you dive into emotions through the changing color schemes and through the amazingly portrayed characters. It revolves around a woman who loses her child in a miscarriage and finds herself amidst a dark thought process--almost like she's drowning and that's depicted in a few illustrations parallel to the main storyline. It's a story about her finding her own smile again, of finding her inner writer, of finding herself and all this wh ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Check out my review of Waves up on my blog now!

Elizabeth A
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Book blurb: After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak.

"Sometimes we drown, drinking in the sea. A sea as red as a heart that's stopped beating."

Grief is both universal and incredibly personal, and while I acknowledge the pain and suffering that the author and her partner experienced, I did not find this a compelling read. That is uncomfortable for
Elizabeth Tabler
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an eARC from Netgalley and the publisher Archaia in exchange for my open and honest review.

We all have that moment where we are storm-tossed and sheltering in a proverbial dingy clinging for safety. A moment where we look upon the future, and it seems like nothing more than waves crashing against the boat. Miscarriage, but really infertility in general, is one of those things that can toss you among the crashing waves and cause you to have to find your way back home. It is dam

This graphic novel follows a lesbian couple, and the loss they experience when they lose their unborn child. We see the struggle, and we see them desperately trying to continue on with their lives after they seem to have lost a part of themselves.

Absolutely heartbreaking, and beautiful, and hopeful, this story made me cry my way through many emotions. The artwork was done phenomenally and truly added to the story. The black-and-white slowly turning to colour again was a great metaphor, and
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics, lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits

I received a copy of Waves from BOOM! Studios via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Scarllet ✦ iamlitandwit
Thank you to Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review, or more correctly for granting me this wish (since you have to wish for this specific e-arc if you're interested).

TW depression, miscarriage, loss of child

Based on author Ingrid Chabbert’s own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel, Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope.

This is a
Bookteafull (Danny)
I'm going to be completely frank, this was boring.

While the artwork was beautiful, the decision to compose the majority of this comic in snapshots made it so I felt detached from the characters and their plight. I should have been devastated to read about this couple's struggle to have a baby and their miscarriage, but I felt...mainly nothing.

The color scheme connection to stages of grief was excellent (gray with despair, warm hues for perseverance, etc.), the established happy f/f couple is o
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful graphic novel that deals with the loss of a pregnancy. As someone who has lost a late term pregnancy I know it is hard to deal with and take as long as it takes to be able to move forward in your life. I think it’s great to have graphic novels that illustrates the emotions and struggles families go through, no matter what that family dynamics is. The illustrations were great! Two thumbs up!👍🏻
Thank you to BOOM! Studios and NetGalley for this advanced copy in exchange for my h
Sara Milioni di Particelle
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange of honest reivew*

The story begins on an ordinary day. Two women who love each other receive a great news, they are about to finally have a baby. The news is really incredible for both of them and they start making plans for their child. Suddenly, however, the pain hits them and everything puts a strain on their relationship and all that goes with it. The long journey on the boat in the middle of the sea of ​​the protagonist'
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy via the publisher on netgalley for an honest review.

I’d started this one technically early this morning. But as I’ve said I’ve had the worst cold so didn’t make it very far before my body started begging for a nap. Let’s just say it one.
So I restarted this up about an hr ago. It’s a rather quick storyline, I would’ve LOVED to see more of the story in between the pages the one she calls her story.
It’s about a couple who seem to be struggling to have a child, and then it’s joyou
B.A. Wilson
This was touching and emotional. It’s beautiful and painful, both the story and the artwork.

It’s the story of a young woman, and her wife, who want to have a child but are struggling to successfully do so. This graphic novel is so well done that it takes very few words, paired with the gorgeous and easy to understand illustrations, to help tell a strong, emotional story.

The artwork uses color and shading as a tool to help indicate shifts in mood and tone, which is very interesting and effectiv
tw: attaching self-worth to fertility (addressed), infertility, miscarriage, loss of child, depression, blood (visual), hospitals

dang. this was brutal and yet soft? hard and important and kind. drowning, mostly swimming, and learning how to swim again.

a graphic novel based on the author's life, about her and her wife (or maybe they weren't married?) trying to have a child, the pain of losing, and learning to live again. this was. whoa. i think she said it best herself: "It is above all an album
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Ingrid Chabbert est née en 1978 en Aveyron et vit aujourd'hui à Carcassonne.
Elle écrit depuis sa plus tendre enfance, partout et sur n'importe quoi.
Elle n'a pas fait d'études de lettres mais jouer avec les mots, parler de la vie aux enfants, c'est sa passion.
Son tout premier album jeunesse est paru en 2010.
Depuis, c'est prés d'une trentaine de titres qui ont vu le jour.

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