ARC BOOK REVIEW | Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo

TITLE: Eat, and Love Yourself
AUTHOR: Sweeney Boo
PAGE COUNT: 160 pages
GENRE: Graphic Novel, Comic, Contemporary, Young Adult & Mental Health

SYNOPSIS: 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…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Many thank yous to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with an eARC!

After reading the synopsis of this graphic novel, I just knew I needed to get my hands on it. I was so happy when NetGalley sent it my way and absolutely could not wait to dive into this story.

Eat, and Love Yourself was a graphic novel I easily finished in one sitting as it captured my attention the entire time. The artwork was so beautifully done and I loved and appreciated the message the story delivered so incredibly much.

I loved Mindy and found myself wanting to be there to hold her hand and help her in any way I could. Despite this graphic novel looking colourful, light-hearted and cute from the outside, it actually carries such an important message.

If you have the chance to get your hands on a copy, make sure to give it a try! I am sure you will love and enjoy it as much as I did.

Sweeney is a comic artist and illustrator living in Montreal, Canada.

She grew up in the southwest of France, where she studied graphic design and listened to really loud rock music. She started working as a comic letterer and colorist for french publishers right after graduation, while pursuing her dream of being a comic artist.

In 2015 she made the decision to move to Canada. One short year after the big jump across the ocean she started working at a mobile game company as a 2D Artist. She never lost sight of her true dream though, so she continued to draw comics during the nights and weekends. Her comic debut happened during the summer 2016 when she created a cover and a short story for Rat Queens (Image Comics). Later on, in December 2016 she launched a Kickstarter campaign for her first graphic novel called “Eat, and Love Yourself”, a 150-page story about eating disorders, depression, body dysmorphia, and ultimately self-love; a subject really important to her. The book was financed and picked up by Boom! Studios in 2019, for publication in 2020. In 2017, she had the chance to work on the costume designs of America Chavez, Inferno, and Patriot for the show “Marvel Rising”, combining two of her favorite things, fashion and superheroes.

Today Sweeney lives a happy, full time freelance life of drawing all day, watching of true crime shows and eating lots of nice cheeses. All the while being kept company by her feline assistant Loki, who doesn’t do much except sit pretty while being a fluff.

Sweeney loves drawings edgy fashion ladies, especially if they are witches

Keep on reading, and never stop telling stories.

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