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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 b 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…


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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 b 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…

30 review for Eat, and Love Yourself

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    this was everything i wanted it to be <3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I read this all in one sitting and completely devoured it. I related SO hard to the main character's struggles with body positivity and I am just so glad that this comic exists. I will say, if you're at all sensitive to or triggered by disordered eating and/or purging, this is one that I would probably tread with caution on because it does go pretty into detail on both of those topics. I read this all in one sitting and completely devoured it. I related SO hard to the main character's struggles with body positivity and I am just so glad that this comic exists. I will say, if you're at all sensitive to or triggered by disordered eating and/or purging, this is one that I would probably tread with caution on because it does go pretty into detail on both of those topics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I don't even know how to put into words just how much this graphic novel meant to me. A story about eating disorders and body dysmorphia, two things I can relate far too well to, written so thoughtfully by someone who has lived it and understands it — all of that, combined with an absolutely beautiful art style and color palette, and a sweet, hopeful storyline — I can't say enough how much I adored this. I was an absolute sobbing wreck by the end because I felt so damn seen and I didn't know how I don't even know how to put into words just how much this graphic novel meant to me. A story about eating disorders and body dysmorphia, two things I can relate far too well to, written so thoughtfully by someone who has lived it and understands it — all of that, combined with an absolutely beautiful art style and color palette, and a sweet, hopeful storyline — I can't say enough how much I adored this. I was an absolute sobbing wreck by the end because I felt so damn seen and I didn't know how much I needed this soft little reminder to love myself. I do think it's worth mentioning that this may not work for everyone. It takes a fairly brutally honest look at eating disorders and at fat-shaming, especially in the form of comments from our own loved ones who "swear they only mean well!" While I think the story would have felt unrealistic if it had not contained these themes, I would implore anyone who's lived these experiences firsthand to make sure you're in the right state of mind for those painful reminders before picking this up. ♥ Content warnings for (view spoiler)[fat-shaming, bulimia, anorexia, body dysmorphia (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    This book isn't what I was expecting. But that's okay. Not every book has to be what I'm expecting. It's about a 27-year-old woman named Mindy who is chubby and has low self-esteem because of it. Even though men seem to like her, she has friends, and she supports herself, her parents scarred her and she can't escape her past. Her dad said cruel things about her and her weight, her mom isn't much better, telling Mindy "those clothes aren't meant for women like us," and giving her passive-aggressiv This book isn't what I was expecting. But that's okay. Not every book has to be what I'm expecting. It's about a 27-year-old woman named Mindy who is chubby and has low self-esteem because of it. Even though men seem to like her, she has friends, and she supports herself, her parents scarred her and she can't escape her past. Her dad said cruel things about her and her weight, her mom isn't much better, telling Mindy "those clothes aren't meant for women like us," and giving her passive-aggressive messages about eating and body image. She rejects men who hit on her because she doesn't think she's good enough or that any man could ever be attracted to her (even though they clearly are). She buys a chocolate bar at a store that says, "Eat, and Love Yourself" and ostensibly each bite is taking her to a moment in her past and showcasing something that affected her eating disorder. She binges-and-purges, she vomits up food, she hides food and eats in secret. It's hard because no matter what your weight, you are constantly being bombarded with messages from society, your parents, your friends, and strangers about what you SHOULD look like, how much you SHOULD weigh, what you SHOULD eat and SHOULDN'T eat. It's fucked-up but it's inescapable because we all live in the world and have to deal with reality. She needs to build up some self-esteem and also get the confidence to tell people to go fuck themselves, which she mildly does by the end of the novel. TL;DR I was expecting a bit more of a fantasy angle and also a bit different approach to Eating Disorders, but I wasn't unhappy with what Boo gave me. It's not the most amazing book I've ever read, but it was decent. If you're interested in ED or graphic novels you might want to give this a try. The colors and illustrations are pretty. It's not my first choice of recommendation for a novel dealing with ED, nor do I think it's the best at illustrating ED, but it doesn't do a bad job and it does cover some topics that are interesting. NAMES IN THIS BOOK (view spoiler)[ Shaé f 25 Jacky m Mindy f 27 Ali Tom m Jabba – cat Cindy f Jonaz m Matt m Louisa f Laetitia f Ben m Stephen m Elliott m Jess f Gloria f (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Layla (Between the Lines)

    TW: Depression, Bulimia, Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders Here we are. I picked up this book right after I picked up a milkshake for myself, a mere 5 minutes after my mother made a comment about me needing to exercise during this self-isolation period. I waited until she left the house before I sneakily ordered food to the front door. I didn't even realize what I was doing or why I was doing it until I saw Mindy doing the exact same thing: turning to food for comfort, but then punishing herself TW: Depression, Bulimia, Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders Here we are. I picked up this book right after I picked up a milkshake for myself, a mere 5 minutes after my mother made a comment about me needing to exercise during this self-isolation period. I waited until she left the house before I sneakily ordered food to the front door. I didn't even realize what I was doing or why I was doing it until I saw Mindy doing the exact same thing: turning to food for comfort, but then punishing herself for it right afterwards. It's a hard cycle to break out of. I have been struggling with bulimia on and off for about 10 years, and living with body dysmorphia for what feels like my entire life. This is not a happy story, but it brought tears to my eyes because I have never felt so seen. There is no quick fix, no instant recovery, no obvious happy ending, but Mindy is one step closer to addressing the root of her feelings by the last page. And sometimes just one step can be powerful. I know other readers might find this story harmful or hurtful, but please know yourself and your triggers before you decide to pick this up. For me, it made me sad for my younger (and current) self, but also allowed me to view my own actions in an objective way. I believe this story may be important for younger girls who are dealing with internalized body negativity or disordered eating habits. Part of me thinks that reading something like this at a younger age would have prompted me to get help sooner, and I think that's what matters most. Also, the artwork is beautiful. I wouldn't expect anything else from Sweeney Boo. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this story and provide my honest thoughts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I ended up loving this one! For someone who struggles a lot regarding eating and being someone who is able to relate with what the main character has with her family and close friends. I can totally understand the process she has to go through. The urge to snack instead of having an actual meal. The urge to have something sweet in particular or some particular snacks. Those who cannot relate to this might see it as something really easy to give up and might ask why it is such a big deal. Just pi I ended up loving this one! For someone who struggles a lot regarding eating and being someone who is able to relate with what the main character has with her family and close friends. I can totally understand the process she has to go through. The urge to snack instead of having an actual meal. The urge to have something sweet in particular or some particular snacks. Those who cannot relate to this might see it as something really easy to give up and might ask why it is such a big deal. Just pick up this graphic novel. The struggle is real and is happening. You may feel like she is trying to blame her family and her insecurity for the eating disorder. No, it's more complicated than that. Those we have this so called disorder need the support of the ones who they trust. And it doesn't help at all if these so called family and friends judge all the freaking time and actually tell the one who is having the disorder to just 'exercise' or 'lose some weight' or make harmless jokes about the weight or appearance. No. Either way it hurts more than help. This is a realistic representation of someone having this disorder. I am so glad I picked it up today! I really needed this. Thanks #NetGalley for the copy of #EatandLoveYourself

  7. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    A bit rushed and disjointed at times; made it difficult to get into. I get what she was trying to do here, just didn't work for me. Positive note: The art is AMAZING and a large portion of my rating is just for the illustrations. Thanks to NetGalley & BOOM! Studios for my DRC. A bit rushed and disjointed at times; made it difficult to get into. I get what she was trying to do here, just didn't work for me. Positive note: The art is AMAZING and a large portion of my rating is just for the illustrations. Thanks to NetGalley & BOOM! Studios for my DRC.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Eat, and Love Yourself is a lovely body positivity graphic novel. Mindy doesn't see herself in a positive light. She sees herself as her weight, and takes offense when other people point out it. She tracks it constantly yet over eats a lot of chocolate bars. A lot of her food issues seem to stem from her childhood and various issues she's had over the years. Chocolate bars have become her fix to help reduce her anxiety. This story shows how Mindy developed over the years and how she learned to cop Eat, and Love Yourself is a lovely body positivity graphic novel. Mindy doesn't see herself in a positive light. She sees herself as her weight, and takes offense when other people point out it. She tracks it constantly yet over eats a lot of chocolate bars. A lot of her food issues seem to stem from her childhood and various issues she's had over the years. Chocolate bars have become her fix to help reduce her anxiety. This story shows how Mindy developed over the years and how she learned to cope and and break the cycle. Body dysphoria can be really debilitating for people, and Mindy is learning all about it. I found that this book hits home from the get go and talks some real truths. Mindy is super relatable and cool to boot. Other Notes: 1. The cat's name is Jabba. I truly hope it's after Jabba the Hut, just saying. 2. TURQUOISE/TEAL HAIR FOR THE WIN! I think this is the perfect channel for communicating this message. A graphic novel not only shows the story, but it also shows the emotions of the characters when it's painted on their face. The colour scheme of purple and yellow is absolutely gorgeous. It stands out and the tones work really well together. Add in the cartoon-y illustrations and you make for one really pretty and well illustrated story. Honestly, the style really vibes with me. I'm impressed! Overall, this book was a great resource to show the that body dysphoria is is common. I wish it would have dove into how Mindy learned to break the cycle to really hit the message home. I think that would have been a great way to show that there is positivity on the other side, because the story mostly showed her constantly eating the chocolate and only deciding that she would change. There wasn't much action. Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for supplying me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Mindy is in her mid-twenties with a poor self-image and an eating disorder. She discovers an artisan chocolate bar that allows her to revisit her childhood whenever she takes a bite. As she takes a new look at her past, she begins to see her issues and how they have affected her. I didn't feel like the story had enough of a resolution to it. The art is cartoony with some swagger to it and nice bright colors. Received a review copy from Boom and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way inf Mindy is in her mid-twenties with a poor self-image and an eating disorder. She discovers an artisan chocolate bar that allows her to revisit her childhood whenever she takes a bite. As she takes a new look at her past, she begins to see her issues and how they have affected her. I didn't feel like the story had enough of a resolution to it. The art is cartoony with some swagger to it and nice bright colors. Received a review copy from Boom and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is a beautiful reminder that YOU are the most important person for YOU. We all need to be loved without conditions, without judgements, but we don't love ourselves like that. At all. It's hard to love ourselves unconditionally when there's negative reinforcement all around us (negative comments, pictures in magazines...). Eat, and Love Yourself is a chocolate bar that Mindy discovers while shopping for food. In eating it, she rediscovers periods of her life that shaped her eating disord This book is a beautiful reminder that YOU are the most important person for YOU. We all need to be loved without conditions, without judgements, but we don't love ourselves like that. At all. It's hard to love ourselves unconditionally when there's negative reinforcement all around us (negative comments, pictures in magazines...). Eat, and Love Yourself is a chocolate bar that Mindy discovers while shopping for food. In eating it, she rediscovers periods of her life that shaped her eating disorder. In experiencing that, she understands a lot about herself, and how she is the key to finding happiness, and that she IS beautiful, inside AND out, no matter what people say about her. I'm not used to reading graphic novels, but when I saw this one on NetGalley and read the synopsis, I jumped on the opportunity, and I'm glad I did. I'm not fat, never have been, but I've been skinny-shamed pretty much all my life. I am the way I am, I can't help it, so I learned to love it. But oh how I tried to change it, how I tried to gain weight to stop them calling me names... TW for bulimia, anorexia, fat-shaming, body dysmorphia. If those subjects are tough for you, I would not read this book, because they are approached in a hard way. Many thanks to BOOM! Box for the complimentary e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchanged for an honest review. This review is being published on the release date (April 21st, 2020) Content/Trigger Warnings: Fat shaming/fat phobia, body dsymorphia, bulimia, eating disorders, depression, minor anxiety Dearest friends, let me start by saying that there will be many pieces in this review where I am speaking from my own experiences of eating disorders, body dsymorphia, and disordered eating, and that I strongly urge anyone who picks this graphi ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchanged for an honest review. This review is being published on the release date (April 21st, 2020) Content/Trigger Warnings: Fat shaming/fat phobia, body dsymorphia, bulimia, eating disorders, depression, minor anxiety Dearest friends, let me start by saying that there will be many pieces in this review where I am speaking from my own experiences of eating disorders, body dsymorphia, and disordered eating, and that I strongly urge anyone who picks this graphic novel up to be in the right head space before reading. I will be addressing many things in this review and I think it’s important to state that everyone who reads this graphic novel will experience it differently than others will. I truly liked this graphic novel and I think many readers will like this graphic novel. However, this book did miss a few marks for me and I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little disappointed. Our story follows our main character, Mindy who suffers from bulimia and body dsymorphia. One night when she goes grocery shopping, she discovers a candy bar she never heard of before and soon realizes this chocolate bar isn’t like all the others. This chocolate bar takes Mindy back to points in her life to teach her a lesson to hopefully bring her closer to loving herself and seeing the true value despite what others say. For starters, the art work in this graphic novel is very beautiful and absolutely captivating. The coloring of each panels really helped set the tone and the experience for the readers. I also really enjoyed the way the chocolate bar was used as a way of flashing back to the past. I thought that was a really creative and unique way on the author’s part as well. I also really appreciate the harsh reality of what eating disorders are like and the way various eating disorders were handled in this book. As someone who had bulimia nervosa from a very young age into pre-teens and is still dealing with disordered eating, the representation definitely landed all the hits. You can tell that the author truly understands eating disorders and is written by someone who lived it. I do have the content warnings listed above so please make sure you are practicing self-care when reading this graphic novel. There were some parts that definitely sparked some need for self-care with myself. So please make sure you’re in the right head space. I will say that this graphic novel is brutally honest at addressing fat shaming, fat phobia, and eating disorders especially due to a lot of scenes being from friend and family. However, even though these are people a person can care about, they can still find ways to hurt us by saying hurtful things and using “we only want what’s best for you” as a way of justifying their actions. Despite these positive things, I definitely had some issues with this graphic novel. For starters, I felt very underwhelmed emotionally. I stated that I have lived with eating disorders almost my entire life now and it just didn’t pull on my heart strings the way it has for other readers. My experience with eating disorders has always been a very brutal relationship especially when it came to the loved ones around me and the things they would say. So when the scenes of conflict with the loved ones arose, it felt like things were swept under a rug and never truly explored in depth. I feel like an opportunity was missed on a proper conversation happening between Mindy and those loved ones. I would have loved to see her really sit down and have those conversations. My other issue was the ending. By the time the ending rolled around, it should have felt like Mindy learned something. However, once again I felt very underwhelmed and feeling like Mindy learned nothing. It almost felt like the conclusion to the story was rushed. I also want to point out that there was never any true feeling of Mindy learning to love herself through this entire book. As we read through the book we see Mindy see how everything started to happen and she does acknowledge what is happening to her. However, we never get a true sense that Mindy fully understands what it means to love herself. All we have is the ending where she states that she’s going to do better by her body. That’s it, it’s no address in further detail or even concludes with bonus content with some time that has passed. We just have her saying she’s going to do right by her body. I really wish we would have gotten a couple more pages or even a more in depth look at how she’s going to start doing right by her body instead of the feeling that it did. Overall, I did like this book and I think it’s a great message at addressing eating disorders in a more visual tone. However, I would have liked more from this graphic novel, in so many ways. I also would have liked bonus content ending on a more positive note of reclaiming her body and actually treating herself with more kindness. I think many readers will enjoy this book, connect with it, but for myself, I truly wish there had been more depth. The art work, however, is absolutely stunning and I think many will love it as much as I do. |Blog|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube|

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you to Netgalley and Boom! Box Paperbacks for providing me an e-arc of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. The publish date is April, 21, 2020. I highly recommend picking this up based upon the artwork alone, as it is absolutely gorgeous. Our main character, Mindy, in my opinion is 100% adorable from her long and thick blue hair to her oversized glasses and curvaceous figure. But, as we all know it isn’t often that we see our own true beauty as others see us. We are our ow Thank you to Netgalley and Boom! Box Paperbacks for providing me an e-arc of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. The publish date is April, 21, 2020. I highly recommend picking this up based upon the artwork alone, as it is absolutely gorgeous. Our main character, Mindy, in my opinion is 100% adorable from her long and thick blue hair to her oversized glasses and curvaceous figure. But, as we all know it isn’t often that we see our own true beauty as others see us. We are our own worst critic. “Because you’re not always the person you imagined you were . Sometimes you’re pretty far off the mark.” After babysitting her 25 year old bestie that drank too much, they return home to find that her cat has run out of food. Mindy decides to go to the local convenience store and on her way out, the cashier talks her into an impulse buy of a bar of “Eat and Love Yourself” milk chocolate. But, what she soon finds out is that this is no ordinary candy. Every time that she takes a little bite of this sweet, she is thrown back into her tumultuous past, allowing her to see where these feelings of insecurity all began. Don’t worry—I won’t spoil the flashbacks for you, but I can warn you that they will hit close to home for most readers. “ ...Sometimes you don’t feel like yourself. No matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing, no matter what clothes you have on, or what perfume you wear.” I have been a victim of thoughts such as these, and have always had my own struggle with food. For me, the two parts that hit me the hardest was “ Enough!” and the bathtub scene with the water just pounding down on Mindy. These are not spoilers—- you won’t know what I mean unless you’re the writer or have already read this title. I also really appreciated that the scale never had a number on it, that is so important. Every person’s body is different and that number could set a reader’s mind into overdrive. The positive affirmations on the chocolate wrappers were also a great addition. I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 for a few reasons: 1) I wish that the portrayal of “ bingeing” was a bit stronger. The reader frequently sees the “ purge” part of an eating disorder with Mindy throwing up a multitude of times. However, as far as overindulging in food, we see Mindy eating some chips, chocolate or donuts here and there — but from my own experience and in writing many research papers for college on eating disorders — I would’ve liked to see a pile of multiple different foods all at once. A true binge, if you will, of most everything in your pantry all at once. 2) I don’t understand the need for the mailman to be in this story other than to add another character to the mix. Mindy never pursued him despite numerous advances. Unless this is going to be a series where he is featured more, I would recommend eliminating him. I just wasn’t too sure what part he really played in Mindy’s struggle. Maybe, the thought was just to show that guys were interested in her regardless of how negatively she felt about herself? 3) I wanted this to be longer. I truly look forward to more from author, Sweeney Boo, in the future. I too have a love for cheese, crime and freelance writing. She is the epitome of everything I could want in an author ( or a friend for that matter, ha) and I will pick any and all of her work up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    tw: eating disorders, body dysphoria, purging more of a 3.75**

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    A moving modern day fantasy about a girl who has problematic views towards food and her own body. Mindy is in her late twenties, works in a coffeeshop and basically hates her body. She can't stop herself eating when she's depressed (which is a lot, these days) and then bringing it back up. It doesn't help that her best friend isn't being supportive, and it also doesn't help that she acccidentally repels the boy she's interested in because of her lack of confidence. Then she picks up an artisan bar A moving modern day fantasy about a girl who has problematic views towards food and her own body. Mindy is in her late twenties, works in a coffeeshop and basically hates her body. She can't stop herself eating when she's depressed (which is a lot, these days) and then bringing it back up. It doesn't help that her best friend isn't being supportive, and it also doesn't help that she acccidentally repels the boy she's interested in because of her lack of confidence. Then she picks up an artisan bar of chocolate, supposedly made by a small, indie producer, and finds that every piece she eats sends her back in time, to revisit instances when her body image was brought into question. This helps her confront her past, and see a possible way forward. Look, I'm a middle-aged man, and I've had weight problems and self-confidence issues all my life. I know how important it is to teach (young and older!) people about body dysmorphia, and how it warps your sense of self and can obliterate your self image. And, even more important, what you can do against it. The book can sometimes be a bit too didactic, I feel, it lacks subtlety - but then I think: perhaps that is the best way to approach this problem. The art is quite cartoony, it's cute and does a great job of telling the story. It's an important subject, and this book handles it beautifully. 3.5 stars (Kindly received an ARC from Boom! Studios through Netgalley)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars ⭐ Trigger warnings: body dysmorphia, depression, eating disorder (bingeing and purging), fat-shaming. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Disordered eating is a matter close to my heart as it is something I have struggled with for a few years, so I thought I would really connect to this story as it deals with hurdles I have faced. However, I was not able to emotionally connect to the main character despite see ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars ⭐ Trigger warnings: body dysmorphia, depression, eating disorder (bingeing and purging), fat-shaming. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Disordered eating is a matter close to my heart as it is something I have struggled with for a few years, so I thought I would really connect to this story as it deals with hurdles I have faced. However, I was not able to emotionally connect to the main character despite seeing some similarities between her experience and mine. On the other hand, I really liked the art style and the concept is definitely very interesting and original. I believe it would be great for those readers who like a magical twist in their contemporary stories. Overall, I understand why people would love this graphic novel, especially if they can see themselves in the protagonist and connect with her as, in my view, there isn't anything inherently wrong with this book. Had I been able to do either, I would have enjoyed it a lot more, but I think that might be more of a "me-problem" than the book's.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel about a twenty-something woman struggling with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia who finds a magical candy bar that can take her back to observe key moment in her life. It's a contemporary story with just that one touch of magic that allows the main character to look at her past while she's struggling with her present, and take what she needs from each of the moments she visits in order to move forward with more hope. To me it felt quiet and contemplative I really enjoyed this graphic novel about a twenty-something woman struggling with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia who finds a magical candy bar that can take her back to observe key moment in her life. It's a contemporary story with just that one touch of magic that allows the main character to look at her past while she's struggling with her present, and take what she needs from each of the moments she visits in order to move forward with more hope. To me it felt quiet and contemplative, and the artwork really fit with that tone. It's not about her recovery journey, it's about the moment in time when she's taking stock of where she is and where she wants to go, and I thought it ended perfectly for that. I wasn't familiar with Sweeney Book before reading this but now I'm really interested to see what she does next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ✨ LADYCOMICBOOK ✨

    *Special thanks to Boom! Box for letting me read an advanced copy of Eat, and Love Yourself in exchange for an honest review. **Content warning for discussion of eating disorders, body hatred, and fat phobia. Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo is a 164 page graphic novel published by Boom! Box and funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The graphic novel follows the life of the protagonist, Mindy, who struggles with her self-esteem due to her weight and eating habits. Personally, as so *Special thanks to Boom! Box for letting me read an advanced copy of Eat, and Love Yourself in exchange for an honest review. **Content warning for discussion of eating disorders, body hatred, and fat phobia. Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo is a 164 page graphic novel published by Boom! Box and funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The graphic novel follows the life of the protagonist, Mindy, who struggles with her self-esteem due to her weight and eating habits. Personally, as someone who struggles with her own body image, I really enjoyed reading this book and the message it ultimately portrayed. I felt like it dealt with heavy topics such as eating disorders and self-esteem issues in a respectful and beautiful way. The book begins with a spread of candy wrappers each titled with affirmations such as “You Matter”, “You are Worthy of Love”, “You are Amazing”, and a dedication to “everyone who struggles to love themselves.” I think that Sweeney Boo, and all the creative team involved in this book, did an awesome job and I applaud them for bringing this book to life. Eat, and Love Yourself is available now on Amazon and I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone interested in reading a journey towards self-love and re-parenting of the child self. My Rating: 5/5

  18. 5 out of 5

    ♡ jules・*

    Thank you Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for the ARC. Well, I didn't need my heart anyway. This story will impact so many people and I'm really grateful to have read this. Mindy is a 27 year old girl struggling with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. I don't suffer from neither things so my voice comes just from an outside point of view, but I had experiences with not loving my body, with feeling like nobody would ever love it and accept it, so it totally touched my heart. I can say the author to Thank you Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for the ARC. Well, I didn't need my heart anyway. This story will impact so many people and I'm really grateful to have read this. Mindy is a 27 year old girl struggling with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. I don't suffer from neither things so my voice comes just from an outside point of view, but I had experiences with not loving my body, with feeling like nobody would ever love it and accept it, so it totally touched my heart. I can say the author touched these themes with extreme caution and realism. The struggle of accepting themselves, of even realizing there's something wrong, loving our bodies and moving on from the pain of the past. HUGE HUGE trigger warning for eating disorder, fat-shaming, bulimia, anorexia, body dysmorphia. If any of these things deeply affect you be cautious. It's extremely graphic and deep into these topics so if it's something that you can't read about, I absolutely advise you to not pick this one up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Mindy has an eating disorder, but she is so used to it she can not see what is going on. She over eats, she throws up and moves on. She sees herself as fat, while those around her don't see that. And this goes on until she takes a bite of a magic candy bar which sends her back to her childhood, when this issue started. How she tried therapy, how she thought having a boyfriend might change things, all the horrid things that happen in high school. Nicely done story. Often eating disorders are hidden Mindy has an eating disorder, but she is so used to it she can not see what is going on. She over eats, she throws up and moves on. She sees herself as fat, while those around her don't see that. And this goes on until she takes a bite of a magic candy bar which sends her back to her childhood, when this issue started. How she tried therapy, how she thought having a boyfriend might change things, all the horrid things that happen in high school. Nicely done story. Often eating disorders are hidden from friends. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanja

    The full review with pictures can be found at https://amanjareads.com/2020/06/12/ea... Eat, and Love Yourself is a graphic novel about a young woman, Mindy. Mindy suffers from bulimia and body dysmorphic disorder. She's an objectively full figured gal who is actually drawn as such. This alone was refreshing to see in a book like this. I can actually see in the way she dresses and holds herself how she feels about her body and I can see that her body is different than those around her. All too oft The full review with pictures can be found at https://amanjareads.com/2020/06/12/ea... Eat, and Love Yourself is a graphic novel about a young woman, Mindy. Mindy suffers from bulimia and body dysmorphic disorder. She's an objectively full figured gal who is actually drawn as such. This alone was refreshing to see in a book like this. I can actually see in the way she dresses and holds herself how she feels about her body and I can see that her body is different than those around her. All too often I see a "chubby" girl depicted on television or in movies and they're maybe a size 6 instead of a 1. We've finally gotten to a point where fuller figured women are being shown in the media and it's especially nice to see it here where it matters most. Mindy has issues with her weight. She does not have the body positivity that we all strive for but so few attain. She binge eats and then purges in an unhealthy cycle that causes her a lot of guilt and shame. She gets approached by young men but cannot understand why they would actually want to ask her out. She gets awkward and uncomfortable and ends up home alone with her snacks instead. At home she'll eat her feelings until they catch up to her and she forces them out and flushes them down the toilet. Mindy understands that this is not a healthy way to cope but she doesn't know any other. One day she buys a new chocolate bar from the convenience store and discovers that it takes her back in time as a witness to her childhood. Through this chocolate bar she is able to see her past from the outside. Being able to look objectively at the path that led to her issues allows her to give herself the advice that she's been dismissing from therapists. She now knows that she has to put in the work to get better. The story is sweet and simple. As a young woman who has struggled with her appearance I found it generally relatable. We've all been there. Experienced those harsh moments looking into a mirror or just wishing that we looked different in one way or another. The biggest downside of the book is that it never really drives the message or the emotions home. The time travel aspect is cute but it doesn't enhance the story much more than basic flashbacks would. Additionally, I felt like I just never knew any of the characters enough to become very emotionally attached. I hope that Mindy goes on to get the help that she needs and I hope that maybe this book helps some other women who need it as well. But I feel the same about the character Mindy as I do about any hypothetical women. A basic detachment that allows me to brush this one aside and on to the next story. It's not bad by any means, but I have read many stories about dealing with eating disorders that were more personal, more emotional, more intense, more everything. This one simply doesn't rise to the ranks. However, if you or someone you know needs to know that they're not alone in feeling unhappy about their weight this would be a good read and one that isn't going to trigger as many traumas as a stronger tale would.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Acqua

    A graphic novel from the PoV of a young woman with an eating disorder as she finds a magical chocolate bar (called "Eat, and Love Yourself") that makes relive some of the moments in her past that defined the negative relationship she has with herself and her body: her well-meaning but insensitive parents, their expectations, the bullying at the hand of her classmates, the many fatphobic comments masked as concern for her health, or concern for her future and relationships in general. It's emotion A graphic novel from the PoV of a young woman with an eating disorder as she finds a magical chocolate bar (called "Eat, and Love Yourself") that makes relive some of the moments in her past that defined the negative relationship she has with herself and her body: her well-meaning but insensitive parents, their expectations, the bullying at the hand of her classmates, the many fatphobic comments masked as concern for her health, or concern for her future and relationships in general. It's emotional and short and... really resonated with me in the way I know sometimes bringing up memories/rereading a diary can be, the way it can help you understand the many small-yet-messed up things that happened to you, what repercussions they still have today even though you didn't truly understand them in the past, and maybe it can even help you have a clearer idea of what to do about them. The hopeful, open ending was just what it needed. (Also, I loved the cat. More comics need to have cats in them.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Oyinda

    Book 186 of 2021

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Mindy has an eating disorder, and she struggles daily with the barrage of external and internal messages about how she should be. I liked this story. Mindy has struggled for years, spiralling downwards, hating herself, and by looking back over particular events in her life, she is able to gain some perspective, and a the story ends with some hope that Mindy might begin to address some issues.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ana Ramos

    4,5 OMG the illustrations were just... A cute quick read that it really makes you reevaluate your perspective about the world. I related to Mindy more than what i would like to admit. Thank you to Net Galley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a free digital version of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review. 4,5 OMG the illustrations were just... A cute quick read that it really makes you reevaluate your perspective about the world. I related to Mindy more than what i would like to admit. Thank you to Net Galley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a free digital version of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    This was a really powerful story about a girl who deals with body dysmorphia and an eating disorder. But it’s also about her relationship with herself and those around her. It’s about self-love and how you allow others to treat you even when they think they have your best interest at heart. I was very moved throughout the story and felt a deep connection to the main character. It’s a thousand percent worth the read and the beautiful and colorful artwork makes it all the more pleasant.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I am incredibly grateful to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this graphic novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is currently set to be published in April 2020 4.5 stars Eat, and Love Yourself is a story about Mindy, a young woman living with body dysmorphia (and as a result struggling with a number of self-esteem issues/eating disorders), who comes across a magic chocolate bar that enables her to relive experiences from her youth. Oh my lordy, this is a b I am incredibly grateful to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this graphic novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is currently set to be published in April 2020 4.5 stars Eat, and Love Yourself is a story about Mindy, a young woman living with body dysmorphia (and as a result struggling with a number of self-esteem issues/eating disorders), who comes across a magic chocolate bar that enables her to relive experiences from her youth. Oh my lordy, this is a book that all women need to read. Aside from the fact that the art is absolutely phenomenal and vibrant with colour, the storyline really packs an emotional punch. It is so raw and real that I could feel my heart being squeezed, crushed, and reassembled as I read. This is a story that the young adult in all of us can relate to.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Greyson | Use Your Words

    Content Warnings: Depression, Bulimia, Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders & a hell of a lot of fatphobia. First off I want to say that this graphic novel is beautiful, not just in it's message but also in it's artwork. I was in awe looking at every page. I think the story is a very good representation of what it's like to navigate this world while fat and how that can affect a person. But this is very triggering. As someone who has experience with disordered eating but has it pretty under control, Content Warnings: Depression, Bulimia, Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders & a hell of a lot of fatphobia. First off I want to say that this graphic novel is beautiful, not just in it's message but also in it's artwork. I was in awe looking at every page. I think the story is a very good representation of what it's like to navigate this world while fat and how that can affect a person. But this is very triggering. As someone who has experience with disordered eating but has it pretty under control, this was extremely hard to read. Mostly because of the comments others make towards Mindy. It's heartbreaking to say the least, watching as the people Mindy loves treat her so badly, and I think her parents were too easily forgiven. (view spoiler)[Especially considering we don't even know where her relationship with her best friend stands by the end. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for that, I don't think her comments should be easily forgiven and I wouldn't want someone in my life who is so insensitive towards fat people, but it bothers me that relationship was left in the air but Mindy's relationship with her parents was more resolved since that's where I believe a lot of her problems stem from. (hide spoiler)] As someone with a step father who made similar comments as Mindy's father, I'll never forgive or forget and I won't ever allow someone who treats me that way to stay in my life now. That shit is so harmful and it stands in the way of recovery and healing. — Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. ___ │Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│

  28. 5 out of 5

    chloe ♡

    i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own. this graphic novel, with its adorable, brightly colored art, unique storytelling, and important message about self love and body positivity, is so freaking perfect!!! ♥ full review to come.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Neide Gomes

    5/5 stars! "I don't want to be afraid of you anymore. I don't want to be afraid of me. I see how hard you've tried in the face of everything. I know how difficult it's been. And... I love you. I want to break the cycle. For me. And I'm going to be okay. I'm going to be great." This book contains: coffee shops, magic chocolate bars, hurtful friends, cute cats, old crushed and eating disorders. This book really hit home. As someone who has struggled with being overweight most of my life, this book tou 5/5 stars! "I don't want to be afraid of you anymore. I don't want to be afraid of me. I see how hard you've tried in the face of everything. I know how difficult it's been. And... I love you. I want to break the cycle. For me. And I'm going to be okay. I'm going to be great." This book contains: coffee shops, magic chocolate bars, hurtful friends, cute cats, old crushed and eating disorders. This book really hit home. As someone who has struggled with being overweight most of my life, this book touched me. Fortunately I didn’t struggle with eating disorders like the main character does, but I definitely identified myself with Mindy in a lot of ways. This story is about a girl who is overweight and struggles with eating. In front of her family and friends she tries not to eat, but when she’s alone she eats until she feels sick. She is also criticized for not eating regularly and people are constantly making comments while she’s eating. She is very depressed and she wishes she could change the way she is, but she feels stuck. One day, she goes to the store to grab some things she needs and she picks up a chocolate bar she never heard about. Turns out the chocolate bar is magical and it takes her back to when she was about 12 years old. In those flashbacks, she revives some moments with her parents and friends and she starts to understand where her disorder began. I honestly loved this book so much. It’s been a while since a book made me this emotional! Mindy is a very relatable character, and watching her deal with depression and food broke my heart. It’s a book not only about self acceptance, but also self love! I also really appreciate the representation of hurtful close friends - even if they have good intentions - because it’s not something that’s talked about often. The art and the colour palette were beautiful, and the drawings were perfectly linked to the story making it very easy to understand. I would definitely grab more graphic novels from this author! If you are considering picking this up, please keep in mind that there are trigger warnings for eating disorders, body dysmorphia, depression and body shaming. I honestly think this is such an important book for young readers! It is very touching, personal, relatable and will probably make you cry. Definitely worth it! ***A big thank you to NetGalley and Boom! Box Paperbacks for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review*** More reviews and book related content on my blog: Sprayed Edges Blog.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    this was sweet and personal and i sat on the couch and read it in one go with a cup of tea and it meant something to me <3

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