This was such a visually pleasing comic, and I loved the story behind it. I knew once I read the blurb; I wanted to read it. It tackles self-love and acceptance in a mellow way that leads the main character.
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…
Thank you to NetGalley who approved my request to read this comic and to BOOM! Box who provided a digital copy. I adore the cover because it focuses on Mindy and it has some of my favorite colors!
I really have to get used to comics again and how short they are. The pace of this comic was good. We’re introduced to Mindy at a concert she went to with her friend, Shae. Immediately we get a sense of who Mindy is. She isn’t the sociable type compared to her friend. She tries to have fun, but her insecurities get the best of her. Shae wants her to enjoy the concert, and that’s when she bumps into Elliot, someone she went to high school with. Their interaction is brief. Mindy doesn’t realize how nervous Elliot is. I noticed throughout the book, the people Mindy is around—they love and care for her. They don’t care about her size or what she eats. They care about her personality and must love her shocking blue hair as much as I do!
That really contrasted to her past. The people she had chosen to surround herself compared to when she was younger. We’re introduced to her past when she buys the chocolate bar. Not going to lie, I want that chocolate bar. To relive my memories or find something in there to love about myself. That’s exactly what Mindy experiences when she’s taken to her home where her parents talk about her weight. Present Mindy is a ‘ghost’ and watches silently. It’s heartbreaking at first to see your own parents and hear them talk about you that way.
Yet as pieces of the chocolate bar go by, she sees herself the way people in her present life do. She encourages her past self, and that motivates her present self. She sees Elliot once again and gives him a chance.
It’s a beautiful story with amazing illustrations. I love the colors and contrast from past and present. This was short and sweet. Yet I hope to have a physical copy of my own one day. This comic somehow really hit home. For all its radiating positivity, I had to give it four out of five stars!