A deeply emotional graphic memoir of a young woman’s struggles with self-esteem and body image issues.
All Marie-Noëlle wants is to be thin and beautiful. She wishes that her thighs were slimmer, that her stomach lay flatter. Maybe then her parents wouldn’t make fun of her eating habits at family dinners, the girls at school wouldn’t call her ugly, and the boy she likes would ask her out. This all-too-relatable memoir follows Marie-Noëlle from childhood to her twenties, as she navigates what it means to be born into a body that doesn’t fall within society’s beauty standards.
When, as a young teen, Marie-Noëlle begins a fitness regime in an effort to change her body, her obsession with her weight and size only grows and she begins having suicidal thoughts. Fortunately for Marie-Noëlle, a friend points her in the direction of therapy, and slowly, she begins to realize that she doesn’t need the approval of others to feel whole.
Marie-Noëlle Hébert’s debut graphic memoir is visually stunning and drawn entirely in graphite pencil, depicting a deeply personal and emotional journey that encourages us to all be ourselves without apology.
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Hébert’s illustrations in graphite pencil … are not only breathtaking but also searing. …My Body in Pieces reminds young readers of all genders that perfection doesn’t exist and encourages them to both accept and love them-selves without apology.
I was touched by this story that refuses to be decorous or falsely resolve the questions it poses about inherited shame and self acceptance. Marie-Noëlle Hébert takes the violence of fatphobia and creates something truly vulnerable and unapologetic: a book that takes up space and that confronts the beauty dogma and body hatred bequeathed to girls from a very young age.
This dreamy, visually acute remembrance of reclaiming one’s body in its complex beauty is powerfully personal.
The strongest element of the book is the gripping and gorgeous illustrations, which capture Marie-Noëlle’s emotions and magnify the spare dialogue and descriptions. … A touching story about love, forgiveness, and self-acceptance.