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Monstrously Good Storytelling & Artwork

This is a graphic memoir by artist Sarah Myer that documents their childhood through their young adult years. Sarah was adopted by a white couple as a baby and brought up in a rural, predominantly white community. Always inspired by art and a vivid imagination, Sarah felt different. These internal differences, in combination with the obvious external differences from her classmates, often left them feeling isolated, frustrated, or angry. In instances when Sarah feels especially misunderstood or targeted, the “monster” makes an appearance. 



The art is really engaging, drawing the reader into the author’s mind and turbulent emotions. It made me remember how intense those young feelings can be, and how difficult it can be to express those feelings in a way that truly helps you. Despite never fitting the mold, Myer found fandom and art. Yes, they had to work through a lot of trauma to take control of that inner monster. No, it was not simple. But the journey is so lovingly rendered in this memoir that I found Myer to be really inspiring. 


I typically don't like rating memoirs because it never seems fair to rate someone’s experience, BUT this was just so well done. The pacing, the insights, the art...Myer executed their vision to perfection. I think just about any teen would find this highly relatable, but transracial adoptees in particular could probably identify with much of Sarah’s story. This is one of those books that make you want to sincerely thank the author for putting out into the world. I enthusiastically recommend this!


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