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A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020 The funny, exuberant, inspiring antidote to body shame--a full-color graphic memoir celebrating the imperfections of the author's female body in all its glory. Too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. The message is everywhere--we need to pluck, wax, shrink, and hide ourselves, to not take up space, emotionally or literally; A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020 The funny, exuberant, inspiring antidote to body shame--a full-color graphic memoir celebrating the imperfections of the author's female body in all its glory. Too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. The message is everywhere--we need to pluck, wax, shrink, and hide ourselves, to not take up space, emotionally or literally; women are never “just right.” Well, Ariella Elovic, feminist and illustrator extraordinaire, has had enough. In her full-color graphic memoir Cheeky, she takes an inspiring and exuberant head-to-toe look at her own body self-consciousness, and body part by body part, finds her way back to herself. How does Ariella learn not to see herself as a never-finished DIY project, but to accept and even love the physical attributes society taught her to hide? How does a mirror go from a “black hole of critique” to a “who's that girl” moment? Essential to her journey is her posse of girlfriends, her “yentas.” Together, they discover that sharing “imperfections” and some of the gross and “unsightly” things our bodies produce can be a source of endless laughs and deep bonding. It helps to have a team with some outside perspectives to keep our inner bullies in check. Charming and hilarious, full of empathy and candor, and gorgeously illustrated, Cheeky aims to inspire all of us to embrace our bodies, flaws and all, as well as our bodies' needs, desires, and inherent power.


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A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020 The funny, exuberant, inspiring antidote to body shame--a full-color graphic memoir celebrating the imperfections of the author's female body in all its glory. Too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. The message is everywhere--we need to pluck, wax, shrink, and hide ourselves, to not take up space, emotionally or literally; A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020 The funny, exuberant, inspiring antidote to body shame--a full-color graphic memoir celebrating the imperfections of the author's female body in all its glory. Too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. The message is everywhere--we need to pluck, wax, shrink, and hide ourselves, to not take up space, emotionally or literally; women are never “just right.” Well, Ariella Elovic, feminist and illustrator extraordinaire, has had enough. In her full-color graphic memoir Cheeky, she takes an inspiring and exuberant head-to-toe look at her own body self-consciousness, and body part by body part, finds her way back to herself. How does Ariella learn not to see herself as a never-finished DIY project, but to accept and even love the physical attributes society taught her to hide? How does a mirror go from a “black hole of critique” to a “who's that girl” moment? Essential to her journey is her posse of girlfriends, her “yentas.” Together, they discover that sharing “imperfections” and some of the gross and “unsightly” things our bodies produce can be a source of endless laughs and deep bonding. It helps to have a team with some outside perspectives to keep our inner bullies in check. Charming and hilarious, full of empathy and candor, and gorgeously illustrated, Cheeky aims to inspire all of us to embrace our bodies, flaws and all, as well as our bodies' needs, desires, and inherent power.

44 review for Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    She tells it like it is. The illustrations can be a bit disturbing, but she went all out/shoved it in your face and 100% accomplished that. 3.75 stars for the message. I love self love and think people should spend more time loving themselves.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karla Strand

    This book is super fun, super gross, super funny, and super relatable! Thanks to Ariella Elovic for writing and illustrating it! If Id had this when I was younger, I wonder if it wouldve taken me so long to get confident and comfortable in my own skin. This book is super fun, super gross, super funny, and super relatable! Thanks to Ariella Elovic for writing and illustrating it! If I’d had this when I was younger, I wonder if it would’ve taken me so long to get confident and comfortable in my own skin.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susie Dumond

    This is a fun, colorful, joy-filled memoir about finding childlike pride in your own body. It's hard to embrace your body in a world that constantly points you to perceived imperfections. In this graphic memoir, Ariella Elovic reclaims her body with radical self-love, including the stray hairs, bumps, and weird smells society tells us to hide. As an adult, there's so much of this book that meant a lot to me. But if I had read this in high school or college? Life changing. I needed someone to This is a fun, colorful, joy-filled memoir about finding childlike pride in your own body. It's hard to embrace your body in a world that constantly points you to perceived imperfections. In this graphic memoir, Ariella Elovic reclaims her body with radical self-love, including the stray hairs, bumps, and weird smells society tells us to hide. As an adult, there's so much of this book that meant a lot to me. But if I had read this in high school or college? Life changing. I needed someone to tell me that I shouldn't treat my body as the enemy. I hope this book can do that for lots of young people! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was the feminist graphic memoir I never knew I needed. "As women grow up, we're expected to reject our own bodies. Rather than celebrating all our bodies can do (and acknowledging their humanness), we are inundated with messaging that natural bodies are simply a starting point and there is always work to be done. We are expected to do this work - and to want to do this work." Ariella Elovic has crafted a relatable book about loving and embracing our bodies for the way they naturally are. The This was the feminist graphic memoir I never knew I needed. "As women grow up, we're expected to reject our own bodies. Rather than celebrating all our bodies can do (and acknowledging their humanness), we are inundated with messaging that natural bodies are simply a starting point and there is always work to be done. We are expected to do this work - and to want to do this work." Ariella Elovic has crafted a relatable book about loving and embracing our bodies for the way they naturally are. The quirky and imperfect illustrations really amplified the text too. Our world desperately needs this book and my hope is that it will not only open eyes but start larger conversations. Thank you to the publishers who provided me with an ARC of this book through NetGalley!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda A.

    We need more books like this on the market. It is honest and real, and more messages like this should be out there. The art in this was fun, flawed, and fabulous -- just like all of us. It was the perfect echo to the text: love yourself! Today's consumerist, technology-driven world puts way too much pressure on image and we sometimes forget to be kind to the most important person in our lives: ourselves. This book is a great reminder that none of that other stuff matters. This book is perfect We need more books like this on the market. It is honest and real, and more messages like this should be out there. The art in this was fun, flawed, and fabulous -- just like all of us. It was the perfect echo to the text: love yourself! Today's consumerist, technology-driven world puts way too much pressure on image and we sometimes forget to be kind to the most important person in our lives: ourselves. This book is a great reminder that none of that other stuff matters. This book is perfect for the person who wishes to reclaim their confidence and joy. And the art is just so fun and made it a really quick and easy read. I loved it, truly!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    This super cute read would be AMAZING for a tween or young adult. I did find myself relating to the overall theme of the book (how women view our bodies), and I loved some of the nostalgic elements (like being asked out on AIM! The memories!). I'm giving it four stars since the message is necessary. I felt like I was reading a book with my girlfriend and we were gossiping about our facial hair and laughing. Cute illustrations. Thanks for letting me review this one, NetGalley!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kara W

    I LOVED this book! I rarely write reviews but this one is just too good to not comment on. Her story is so relatable, I found pieces of myself growing up in all of this, and felt like I could have really used this as a teen. Its hard to accept your own body and this just goes to show we are all squishy humans in the best way. The drawings fit so well too, I loved all of it. I LOVED this book! I rarely write reviews but this one is just too good to not comment on. Her story is so relatable, I found pieces of myself growing up in all of this, and felt like I could have really used this as a teen. It’s hard to accept your own body and this just goes to show we are all squishy humans in the best way. The drawings fit so well too, I loved all of it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandee

    I loved this joyous, honest and refreshing book with its gorgeous illustrations. I wish I had read it 30-40 years ago. Highly recommended! I loved this joyous, honest and refreshing book with it’s gorgeous illustrations. I wish I had read it 30-40 years ago. Highly recommended!

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