First Second | February 2019 | 256 pgs
Source: Library

I don't think I've seen many graphic novels about women's health, pregnancy and motherhood. Although guidebooks of the same are always informative and useful, what makes this graphic novel stand out is it not only follows Lucy Knisley's personal transition into motherhood but also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health.

Lucy first shares with the reader a little history about herself as a young adult upon receiving pieces of advice relating to contraception, reproduction and sexual health from various sources. While some are misconceptions and myths, Lucy went on to do some researching as she realised there were more to learn about the intertwined history and science of taking care of a woman's body. 

After her marriage, Lucy decided it was time to get pregnant but conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she'd ever attempted. Thereafter, fertility problems were followed by miscarriages and sent her in a bout of depression. Through the support by families, friends and the readers online, she eventually walked out from the gloom and try to get pregnant again. Lucy then continues to chronicle her pregnancy journey till the difficulties she met upon delivery. I find the part from Lucy's husband's perspective regarding her surgery and hospitalisation especially moving and heartwarming although seeing what Lucy had gone through had me worrying for her at one point. 

As informative and moving it is, Lucy also incorporates some humour into her story so it also made a light-hearted read. She has done her research well and I think any reader will benefit from reading this book. This is my first Lucy Knisley graphic novel and I'll definitely check out the rest of her works. 

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8 Responses
  1. Lark Says:

    I'm not a huge graphic novel reader, but I'm glad you liked this one so much.

  2. Melody Says:

    Lark - I like both graphic novels and manga. I think my first manga reading experience is during my secondary school days. I love looking at the illustrations. :)

  3. jenclair Says:

    I'm still not a graphic novel reader, perhaps because I've only tried one. This one does sound interesting, though.

    Got your Christmas card--Thanks, Melody!

  4. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Glad my card arrived on time! :)

  5. bermudaonion Says:

    I thought this was extremely well done but I'm glad I didn't read it right before I had a baby!

  6. Melody Says:

    Bermudaonion - Yes, I thought it was well done, too. I think it'd worried me too if I read it before I'd a baby but then again, I appreciate her honesty and her determination which shows another side of a mother's love.

  7. Iliana Says:

    I've read quite a few of her books and have really enjoyed them. Can't wait to read this one too!

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I'd borrowed two of her books from the library lately so I'm looking forward to reading them. Hope you'll enjoy this one!

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