How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast.
But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.
Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
This book stood out to me in bookstore, because of its simple but powerful illustrations. It’s a hefty read at over 500 pages and very heavy both in weight and in subject matter! Lighter Than My Shadow is a work of non fiction about Katie Green’s struggles with eating disorders. I was so impressed with how much empathy I felt throughout reading this memoir. I didn’t expect to be so moved by it.
I thought the illustrations were absolutely beautiful. They’re simple, yet so intense. I loved the dark cloud that followed Katie, changing in size depending on how she was feeling at that moment in time. The representation of Katie’s body guilt was incredibly powerful and incredibly disturbing at the same time.
As I mentioned, I was moved by this story. I found Katie’s struggle with her body image so hard to read about. The illustrations really added to the story and how badly Katie was feeling. I understood how she felt, and some of her feelings of low self worth really resonated with me as well. She has a way with words and with art, clearly.
I really didn’t expect Lighter Than My Shadow to be about other struggles Katie has had, but it is and it delves quite deeply into tough subject matter. It’s done so well though. I really felt empathy for Katie and amazed at her strength. I’m so pleased that she represented her struggles in this way.
As for eating disorder trigger warnings, there isn’t any information about weight. We never know how much Katie weighed at her lowest. We don’t know any clothes sizes. The reader just learns about how Katie and her family’s life was absolutely turned upside down by her eating disorder.
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!