ARC | Graphic Novel/Manga Review #43 – It’s All Absolutely Fine, by Ruby Elliot

Hey guys!

Here is my review for It’s All Absolutely Fine, by Ruby Elliot.

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Summary:

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 210k 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.

 

Pros:

  • very real
  • relatable
  • brutally honest
  • funny

 

Cons:

  • not everyone’s cup of tea, in both in themes and art

 

Verdict:

I had seen Elliot’s drawings online and they always hit me in their realness. But I wasn’t expecting to feel so affected by this book. This is extremely personal and besides the drawings and comics, there’s also little introduction bits to the new chapter or part of the book. And those were really difficult for me to read. Even that I don’t identify with every single thing, there were some that were too real. Anxiety and depression have always been present in my life, and the way the author described them just hit too close to home. The drawings were funny, simple and all around too meaningful. It is very hard for me to talk about this book but I found it really beautiful and definitely an important read for anyone struggling with mental problems. Just know it’s not a particularly easy book to read.

Any fans of Elliot out there? Let me know what you think of her art! It’s not my usual love but personally, I find it very interesting!

See you guys soon,

Cat.

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