I saw this book on Netgalley and just had to have it just for the cover! After that I was checking to see what the book was about and found it out was a book about pregnancy and parenting and was a graphic novel, well, then it was a complete I need this book!
In this book we see the writer get pregnant (and about how she thought she would have moved out of the city before that, that house was so cute) and then we get the pregnancy (when to tell people, how moms always know, various things that happen during pregnancy from big boobs to exhaustion to questions on if it was really OK to get a baby (given climate change and all that) to why people complain so much when they are parents). After that it is on to those first moments with a baby which was just so adorable. I don’t have a kid myself, but I have seen plenty of new-borns and indeed, how are they so tiny. After that parenting, figuring out boobs and giving milk to how the body changed to being a new mom and all that comes with it. Stress about working, about doing things, is she doing enough. About being an artist. At times I just wanted to step into the book and give her a book and tell her she is doing a good job. Hope it doesn’t sound too strange, haha.
The only thing I wasn’t a fan of, was the climate change stuff. I get that she is stressed but I find it ridiculous that she is going to be telling her kid sorry for ruining the planet. Like wtf. It is not as if you single-handedly ruined the world. I am sure you are doing enough. You don’t have to go full monk, you are allowed to purchase things, just be mindful of it. Plus, I am just tired of seeing climate change appear more and more in books. I already see enough about it on social media, internet, and newspapers. And yes, it is important I get that, I am doing my best, but seriously, it is also fucking depressing.
The illustrations/art were pretty good, though there were moments I didn’t want to see. Like I don’t need to see a kid being pushed out of a vagina. Thanks. Or see a cord come out of your vagina. No. No. No.
All in all, this was a good graphic novel about pregnancy and parenting and being a mom. I had fun reading it, it was very interesting, plus I am happy that the font was easily read (sometimes with hand-written font it isn’t too easy, but this one was great).