Review for Monstrous

Review for Monstrous

Monstrous: A Transracial Adoption Story Sarah Myer, Graphic Novel, Non-Fiction, Racism, Identity, LGBT, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Bullying, Girl, MonsterI received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Yes, the gods have blessed me! I was allowed to read a new First Second book! offers some chocolate as gratitude.

This was an amazing graphic novel about growing up, anxiety, mental health, adoption, racism (I wanted to yeet people so damn hard), figuring out identity, being queer, and much more. We see our MC from when she was tiny to adult. You really see her grow up.

I loved her parents, who were supportive and were there for her (I loved how her mom was all kind and trying to help her and her father just says this at one point when talking with her about school: That racist little fucker, I just snorted, I am sorry, but go dad). I loved how they talked to her, gave her advice, helped her in any way they could, and more.

My heart broke so many times and I cried a few times.

The art was really good and I love the style, especially when she showed her inner feelings, monsters and scary things. I could really relate. Also with being boisterous and loud and over the top to hide feelings/not sure how to express your feelings.

I loved that she loves anime. From Sailor Moon to Pokemon to Evangelion (well, OK, this one I still need to watch after being an anime fan for years, but I am just not that big on mecha and I heard stories about the story so I will really need to find a moment that I am well enough to watch). I loved that she kept on watching and drawing despite everything. And that she was able to go to cons.

I would highly recommend this book, but be sure to bring tissues. You will need them.

Star rating, 4.5 stars

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