Everything Is Beautiful, and I'm Not Afraid: A Baopu Collection
This one-of-a-kind graphic novel explores the poetics of searching for ...more
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I love this book so much! Inspite of the cute and colourful illustration, this one is really hard-hitting talking about reality and queer gender issues. I would like to call this book a coming of age story and discuss issues that affect women on a day-to-day basis.
There are a few parts on racism and discrimination. There are a few original lines or poetry by the author in between which I really appreciate. The book ...more
Received a review copy from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and inno way influenced by the aforementioned.
An absolutely poetic graphic novel, beautifully done. And oh-my-god the feelings... all of the feelings. Dark and lonely; hopeful and at peace. This work clearly illustrates a restless searching for belonging - with society, with family and with oneself.
Im not afraid
 But Im still here.
Everything is fucking beautiful.
And I am not afraid.
This is a graphic novel collection that follows the musings and thoughts of a bisexual Chinese immigrant living in American who has been rejected by her Chinese mother. The artwork is beautiful and has a lot of transcendental landscapes that will appeal as well as encourage a lot of women or men with similar stories. I can't relate personally, but I appreciated the heart of this and the emotional capacity that this graphic novel...more
The artwork is often ...more
It is about misfit who cannot escape traditional restraints and also cannot survive in the cage. So he is caught between two worlds, both of which are out of his control.
It depicts with extreme sadness how everything falls apart for main character.
Artwork is very good, eye-catching and innovative in most part. .
It is the artwork that kept me going inspite of it being a very ...more
The entire compilation as a whole didnt work for me though. It felt messy for lack of a better word?
Queer, Chinese immigrant woman sorting out life and its ups and downs. From the description I thought it would be a perfect match for me, but it just didnt quite work for me (art or writing)
But! Graphic novels are especially personal, I think, and like I said there were a couple pages ...more
I enjoyed this autobiographic comic by a bisexual Chinese artist living in the United States. I obviously can't judge the content since it's her own experience, and there were a lot of experiences that I as a white woman I probably can't even begin to fully comprehend. I did however relate a lot to the feeling of being an immigrant and kind of forever losing your sense of ...more
There are many other topics that Xiao touches upon such as fat-shaming in Asian culture, racism, xenophobia, etc., all of which are present in ...more
As a bi person with a middle eastern background, I was able to relate to a lot of Yaos beautiful writing and illustrations.
I think it allowed me to uncensor so many build up emotions. Though, I dont mean this in a sad way but rather in a way that it opened my heart to beautiful feelings. ...more
it was difficult to read some parts, i had a lump in my throat because i identified with the situations in the comics (the gloomy days, i'm falling...).
but, even thought the book shows the complex life of the author, it lacked context and maybe a litte of sympathy to understand/like more the book.
*note: i received a copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
The art style isn't exactly consistent (I feel like that's on purpose) and it's a little on the cartoon-y side but I actually really like it. There isn't a set formula like a four panel comic in this book, all the panels change from page to page making it feel more active and dynamic. The simplistic style also lends itself to focus less on the pictures and ...more
Yao Xiao made this graphic novel that tells the story of an Asian girl living in New York.
Although that may not be an experience that fits in with the live story of every boy or girl, this graphic novel will appeal to many young people.
It's a story about being bisexual, about being different, about coping with expectations others can have and you can have about yourself. It gives us a peek in the mind of young people, and all the ...more
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was not familiar with Yao Xiao and her Baopu comic prior to this book, but apparently, it is an existing comic that is part of the online queer women magazine Autostraddle. This comic book ...more
I myself am not gay, but I think that people can relate to this book from many different backgrounds including extreme religions and ultra traditional families.
The art was beautiful and the emotion was raw and real. I cannot get over ...more
I got an ARC of this book.
I am really in a slump of books that are just eh right now. I did not read far enough in the description when I requested the book. I thought this was a memoir. So I was trying to piece together the story through these comics, but things just weren't happening in a way that made a cohesive memoir work for me. It makes a little more sense now that I see it is a fiction, but there are still a lot of time jumps that make it ...more
At first, I was very excited to read this book because it sounded like it would be an incredibly inspiring story conveyed through adorable illustrations. However, after reading it, I was a little disappointed.
The art style was very adorable but it was not as breathtaking as I hoped and certain pages appear to be rather messy. The visual just did not measure up to other graphic novels that I have read and I did not click with the art style as much as I hoped, which devastated me. ...more
The author draws on her coming out to her mother and the way her life is fashioned around her life in the US while her roots continue to ...more