2.5 stars Graphic Novel YA
I wasn’t fond of the cover of this book and if I was browsing, I wouldn’t pick it up. This nonfiction story is about Dounya who has a disorder. Body Dysmorphic Disorder – a psychological disorder that makes a person obsessed with their appearance. This person is obsessed with faults that they feel they have in their appearance.
Dounya grew up with a mom who she thought was perfect. Dounya wanted to be just like her mother so she tried, even at a young age to copy everything her mother did. Her world of being a perfectionist was just beginning. In every aspect of her world, Dounya tried to remain the perfect little individual. If Dounya thought she had failed, she was devasted. In their culture, food was love and her mother enjoyed showing her daughter her love through food. As Dounya put on the pounds, she tried to hide it but her aunt’s comment put her size out in the open, devasting Dounya.
Her reaction was not what I had expected. I felt Dounya was hiding and it wasn’t until later, that did she realized what she had done and she knew that she needed to do something different. With determination Dounya started to turn her life around but I began to wonder if she would ever be satisfied? This perfectionist in her just wasn’t going away.
The illustrations in this graphic novel are bright and colorful and I enjoyed all the different size text boxes that they used to create this book. There were a few instances where I thought the illustrations contradicted the story and I just didn’t know what to believe. If she accepted herself for who she was, why did her illustrations make her look so perfect? Was she perfect? I appreciate that Dounya shared her story but I have mixed feelings about how the artwork fit with her story. 2.5 stars