Publisher’s Weekly Review

tracyTracy said:

Just got another review for the book!

How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story Tracy White. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (144p) ISBN 978-1-59643-454-7

White’s story of a 17-year-old girl’s ordeals with depression, addiction, and body image issues is all the more powerful because of its basis in truth. The story follows Stacy Black, whose nervous breakdown leads to her decision to check into the Golden Meadows Hospital for mental health. Given the thinly veiled name of the protagonist, it’s no surprise that White is upfront about the events being drawn from her own experiences. Stacy begins with the simple goal of finding a way to be happy with her life again. What follows, though, is life-changing realizations about her drug dependency, her relationship with her mother, and her insecurities about her boyfriend. In the end, her most unexpected revelation is how serious her body image issues are, how much she’d accepted them as an ordinary part of her life, and how much damage they’ve done to her. White’s very simple hand-drawn, b&w artistic style enhances the personal touch of the work, creating the effect of an illustrated diary. While text-heavy, the narration is clear-eyed and affecting. Ages 14-up. (June)

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Saadad said:

10:22 PM

Body image is such a weird phrase! It sounds not so good, but I can’t look away. June is perfect timing for the book — beach weather.

christiann said:

4:17 PM

Great review! Looking forward to reading the book.