Review: It's All Absolutely Fine

*This book was sent to me through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

Source: Goodreads

Title: It's all absolutely fine: Life is complicated so I've drawn it instead
Author: Ruby Elliot
Publisher: Trapeze
Release Date: November 17th 2016

My Rating:

IT'S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE is a darkly comic, honest and unapologetic illustrated account of the daily struggles with mental health. Ruby Elliot, aka Rubyetc, is the talent behind the hit tumblr account, 'Rubyetc', which has over 220k followers and growing. Taking readers on a journey through the ups and downs of life, the book will encompass everything from anxiety, bipolar disorder and body image to depression and identity, shining a light on very real problems - all framed with Ruby's trademark humour and originality.

Ruby balances mental health with humour, making serious issues accessible - and very funny. With the superb talent to capture the essence of human emotion (and to make you laugh out loud), this book is as important and necessary as it is entertaining. IT'S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE will include mostly never-before-seen material, both written and illustrated, and will be an empowering book that will make you laugh, make you think, and make things ok.

My Thoughts

This book changed me. It really did. I have never read a book that reflects so much of myself and my struggles as this book as. It seemed like I wroted it (if I knew how to write and draw of course).

Ruby covers it all: Depression, Anxiety, Self-Sabotage, Self-Harm, Eating Disorders, Low Self-Esteem, Procrastination and Socializing.

And let me tell you, I have struggled with all these and am still dealing with some of them. I admire Ruby so much, mostly because these are not easy topics to talk about and honestly sharing this much about your life when most people still don't view mental illnesses as a real issue is almost heroic.

I cried and I laughed, I saw Ruby and I saw myself in these drawings. I appreciate so much that Ruby actually wrote little essays about each topic because sometimes a drawing can't tell everything, but the art was also good. It was simplistic as you can see by the cover but in conjuction with the essays they made the perfect tool to get her point across.

A perfect and simplistic way to experience what it is like to deal with mental illnesses.

P.S.: You should also keep in my mind that each case is a case and we all struggle in our own ways, so if this doesn't reflect your experience with mental illness don't worry, we are all different.

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