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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  842 ratings  ·  336 reviews
What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hid ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Second Story Press
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I don't know how to rate this one fairly. I love the concept, and I think that there are some points made in the book that could launch some powerful discussions. There are some great stats included, and the material covers a lot of bases.

But I struggle to understand who the appropriate target audience is. For the most part, this really just reads like someone preaching to the choir; those who would pick up this book are likely already well-versed in the material within.

I'd be tempted to w
MissBecka Gee
"Girls are less sick and tired when they are encouraging, supportive, and united in solidarity with one another. It's the best part of feminism."

I think everyone can be included and encouraged to read this book, not just girls.
How wonderful that books like this are being released to create questions, discussions and movements in a forward direction. I think this is a fantastic read for all teens and adults alike!

There is of course more that could be addressed in here, but I'm hoping this wil
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a short, illustrated collection of reasons why feminism is so necessary, and why women are exhausted in this world we live in. It's a great collection that raises plenty of valid points, and I genuinely adored how diverse and intersectional it is; the author and illustrator are both cis white women, and they acknowledge their privileges in this sense, but the book itself focuses frequently on the specific experiences of women of color, indigenous women, queer w ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short and crisp illustrated book, you need to throw on the faces of patriarchal and sexist people. I liked this read immensely and although I felt more creativity could have gone into the presentation, I am genuinely moved due to the relatable images and portraits of a woman in this book. It does not matter what your nationality is, you will relate. Thanks to NetGalley for a review copy.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love comics like “What Makes Girls Sick and Tired” by Lucile de Pesloüan and Genevieve Darling. I don’t even know what exactly to say about this book, because I just want to quote everything from it.

I love the concept of the comic book. We talk about women’s problems not with confidence, but almost apologetically for giving discomfort to other people just because we want equality. Thankfully, this is already changing and we are becoming fierce. In addition, Lucile de Pesloüan created this “sic
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a lovely little book about feminism and sexism. It definitely is a good way to start and also provoke a conversation/discussion. I found myself agreeing with basically every single example this book gives. The author really did a nice job and I'll definitely check out other stuff by them.
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
Yesssss PREACH IT!!!!!

I got this as a short, illustrated eARC and you really can just sit down and read it all at once.

There is so much feminism power contained in so few pages, it's really incredible!!

I only wish it was longer. There are so many more things that could have been included, especially since the book did such a great job of everything that it did include.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a review copy! All opinions are my own.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

It felt more like a list of things that bother girls collected from Twitter and Tumblr and less like a graphic novel.
The cover's cute though.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley

Summary: What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, simple and complex.

The book's beginnings as a fanzine
This book was not written for me, well, not the me of almost 60 years of age.

All the concerns and statements I know all to well. They are facts, they are not made up, and they are true for all women.

Women of my age have lived with these truths all our lives.

This book is for the generations to come, for the younger girls and women who might still not know how women are being treated in this world, and will fight like hell to make sure it doesn't continue.

All in all, this is a list of all that is
sofia (sam willows)
it took me literally five minutes to read this, and i’m not so sure what i think about it. for one, the intentions of the author and illustrator are honorable, and the things they talked about very much need to be talked about more. but their points were also very basic, and although they were important, they weren’t exactly anything new.

the future readers of this comic, i believe, will be just like me: intersectional feminists who are all too aware of the issues presented here. it makes for a
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I would like to thank NetGalley and Second Story Press for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a valiant effort on talking about the issues not only girls, but also women off all ages are sick and tired of.

This is also an interesting manifesto, however, as the book states, it is written from the point of view of a woman living in a first world country.

My main complaint is that it's too short and goes quickly through how extremely troublesome the curre
Delirious Disquisitions
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

2 Stars. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a series of cue-card-esque collection of things that girls and women "sick and tired" of. With a very minimalist art design to accompany these pieces of writing, Lucielle De Peslouan lays bare the myriad issues women face today: everything from sexual assault, harassment, to body issues, sexism, misogyny, double standards, wage laws, etc. De Peslouan's short pieces do as they are desig
Robin Bonne
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short, illustrated book that highlights some of the issues that girls and women are sick of.

The problems are familiar. I did have an instinctual response to a few of the problems that caused emotional reactions. One page might make me snicker from relatability, another would make me want to cry. It isn’t an uplifting read.

My biggest complaint is how short this was. The illustrations are cute, but not so complex that it couldn’t have been expanded to include an even broader range of things gi
Char (lunarchar_)
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-read, e-book
(ARC) A big mood. A painfully heart-wrenching honest mood. A book about the honesty of being a women. A book about diversity. A book everyone should read. A book that makes me even prouder to be a feminist. A book that motivates change.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
This was a quick read and while I wished it lasted longer, I was extremely happy with what was offered in 48 pages. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a collection of single paragraphs or lines that identify the annoying societal issues or the norms that can resonate with every woman. Whether it's about paying more like a tax on products that are being sold at a less amount for the opposite gender, or about being paid less in the same workplace position. Not only this, there are some highlights ...more
I recieved a digital arc of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I was really excited about this. A graphic novel about feminism? Yes please! But the experience was kind of a disappointment. As far as feminist books go, I have read better. While I really enjoyed the artwork so much (seriously it was the best thing about this book and so stunning in its simplicity) and the effortless diversity it showed, but the text was pretty mediocre. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

A VERY SHORT READ about female stereotype. Some illustrations with written description below.

I totally agree the part where girls are expected to clean up afterwards and wearing push up bras were sexy but when nursing a baby, cover the breast.

Enjoyable short read but nothing I don't know about. Can be read in a few minutes.

ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rod Brown
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just the tip of the iceberg, but this litany of some of the appalling crap half our population has to put up with on the daily builds a strong sense of outrage and the desire to see change come as quickly as possible.

Found it in the teen graphic novel section of the library, but it is more a picture book that would be appreciated by YA and up.
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short graphic novel constantly had me nodding and wanting to scream yes. Straight to the point and with illustrations, it approaches why women are feminists. Why we are tired of earning less, of paying more with the pink tax, and why generally, we are tired of men thinking they have a right or a say when it comes to our bodies (big NO).

So overall, this has a nice message, though I definitely wish it had more content.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and the Publisher for the review copy in exchange of a
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I requested this book on Netgalley in return for an honest review

I thought it was okay. Simple, but maybe too simple?
I can't really relate to the girls and women who are mentioned in this graphic novel, so maybe that makes it different for me to read it. I do believe that there are still many girls and women out there who are not treated the way they deserve. This graphic novel does make you realize that. So it's definitely an eye-opener, but I think I expected a bit more depth. Enjoyed some of
Marta :}
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with this e-ARC!
I enjoyed reading this book and it has a great message, sadly it was quite short. I would have loved to read more, I think it ended a bit abruptly and more details would have been amazing!
Even so, I adored how statistics were included in this book, statistics that were meant to show how much we still need feminism. The book was very diverse and I loved the way the authors were very aware of their privilege and the limits they had on telli
Lulu // the Book Rookery
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2019
Roadside Reader Reviews

When I saw What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan and Genevieve Darling, I knew instantly I would need to read it. It was the mightiest of urges, especially as someone that is sick and tired. This light read, that is still very reminiscent of a fanzine, is something I think every uninformed, ignorant person needs to read, and needs to be provided young individuals as a primer to growing up. Using minimalist artwork to accentuate the prose detailing what girls are, of course, sick
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Girls are sick and tired
Because women’s bodies
Are always an issue.
Whether they are covered
by yards of fabric or
Completely revealed

Girls are sick and tired of
feeling like they have to wear
a push-up bra to be sexy, while
they have to hide their breasts
when nursing a child

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile De Pesloüan is a short minimalist styled graphic novel about things we are sick of. It simplifies issues such as body autonomy, rape, wage gap, and the "pink tax," which is the extra pr
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is essentially an illustrated list of ways misogyny manifests in everyday life, from big things to seemingly small ones. It covers topics such as gendered division of labour, fetishization/objectification, cat calling, rape statistics, wage gaps, media representation, and more. As a white nonbinary person I found it inclusive, with issues concerning women of colour, queer women and disabled women
A short, succinct feminist manifesto for teens and young girls. The aesthetic is that of a zine; lots of vivid graphics and minimal text. While the information is pretty basic for older feminists, this is perhaps more of a consciousness-raising text. Maybe young girls who have felt and experienced these things but who don't have the conceptual frameworks or words to articulate their experiences will find this a useful starting point. ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This needs to be handed out in schools. This book is a great starting point for women and men of all ages, to begin discussions about feminism and women. It is well presented with thought provoking statements and pictures alongside them. The pictures themselves are great points of discussion and completely enhance the book. I really enjoyed this and there were a few points in it that I was surprised and shocked, we can all learn something new and the fight isn't over. I highly recommend this for ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only negative I have of this graphic representation is its length. I loved the illustrations and I loved the content. I wish it had included more and was even more detailed than it already is.
Loved this little read. So powerful!

Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read

“I was born here”

My connection to this book is detached. Which from reading this.. most likely will mean I am selfish. The above quote is what I connected with. I can’t say much without giving the foundation away.

I’ve never read anything like this, though Ive seen much of this in media/politics/every day life. If you call yourself a feminist then this might be your brochure or handbook to explain your cause.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This book is great and everything in it is true, but I honestly felt pretty underwhelmed with it. What is nice about this book however, is that it's just blunt and lists everything (or at least, a lot of things) that women are sick and tired of, and it can be a good conversation starter. ...more
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