Title: Eat, and Love Yourself
Author: Sweeney Boo
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Date published: April 21st 2020
Page Count: 160
A story about Mindy, a woman living with an eating disorder who has to learn how to love herself again.
In pursuit of the perfect body, Mindy buys the low-fat diet products and the glossy magazines which promise the secret to losing weight. One night, while perusing the aisles of the neighborhood convenience store for a midnight snack, she finds a new product. A chocolate bar called “Eat and Love Yourself”. On a whim, Mindy buys the curious candy, not knowing that with every piece of chocolate she eats, she will be brought back to a specific moment of her past — helping her to look at herself honestly, learn to love her body the way it is, and accepting love. Perhaps, she will even realize that her long lost high school best friend, Elliot, was more than just a friend…
Sweeney Boo (Love Is Love) presents an honest and uncompromising look at how we form our self-image, the eating disorders that haunt our most private moments and what it takes to learn to love ourselves again.
** Thank you NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for this ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Despite being a really short read, Eat and Love Yourself evokes so much sentiment and emotion even after the story ends. The story follows Mindy who struggles with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, which are impacting her mental health and relationship with others. When she stumbles upon a chocolate bar that brings her back to a memory of her past, she learns to confront her younger self and ultimately learns to love herself.
The graphic novel does a beautiful job at showing Mindy’s character development, portraying her inner monologue and tumultuous thoughts as she struggles with her self-perception. Through each bite back into her past, she gains more self-awareness and understanding.
Full of emotion and heartbreak, the graphic novel brings to light a lot of issues around body image and eating disorders, but ultimately ends on an inspirational note.
Sweeney Boo’s illustrations are on point; the color palette and character design are amazing.
This will definitely join as one of my favorite graphic novels. I definitely would recommend a read. It’s a short read, but heart-felt and inspiring.