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Groundwood Books

My Body in Pieces

Written by Marie-Noëlle Hébert • Translated by Shelley Tanaka

For kids 14 - 18 years old | Published April 01, 2021 | ISBN 9781773064857
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Eating Disorders & Body Image

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104 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

My Body in Pieces

Marie-Noëlle Hébert • Shelley Tanaka

A deeply emotional graphic memoir of a young woman’s struggles with self-esteem and body image issues.

All Marie-Noëlle wants is to be thin and beautiful. She wishes that her thighs were slimmer, that her stomach lay flatter. Maybe then her parents wouldn’t make fun of her eating habits at family dinners, the girls at school wouldn’t call her ugly, and the boy she likes would ask her out. This all-too-relatable memoir follows Marie-Noëlle from childhood to her twenties, as she navigates what it means to be born into a body that doesn’t fall within society’s beauty standards.

When, as a young teen, Marie-Noëlle begins a fitness regime in an effort to change her body, her obsession with her weight and size only grows and she begins having suicidal thoughts. Fortunately for Marie-Noëlle, a friend points her in the direction of therapy, and slowly, she begins to realize that she doesn’t need the approval of others to feel whole.

Marie-Noëlle Hébert’s debut graphic memoir is visually stunning and drawn entirely in graphite pencil, depicting a deeply personal and emotional journey that encourages us to all be ourselves without apology.

Key Text Features
graphic novel
comic style

Awards and Praise

This dreamy, visually acute remembrance of ­reclaiming one’s body in its complex beauty is powerfully personal.

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