Book Review|It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot


It’s All Absolutely Fine
Ruby Elliot
Published November 17th, 2016 by Orion
NetGalley, Kindle
256 pages
Comics, Memoir, Graphic Novels, Humor, Sequential Art, Mental Health


IT’S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE is a darkly comic, honest and unapologetic illustrated account of the daily struggles with mental health. Ruby Elliot, aka Rubyetc, is the talent behind the hit tumblr account, ‘Rubyetc’, which has over 210k followers and growing. Taking readers on a journey through the ups and downs of life, the book will encompass everything from anxiety, bipolar disorder and body image to depression and identity, shining a light on very real problems – all framed with Ruby’s trademark humour and originality.Ruby balances mental health with humour, making serious issues accessible – and very funny. With the superb talent to capture the essence of human emotion (and to make you laugh out loud), this book is as important and necessary as it is entertaining. IT’S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE will include mostly never-before-seen material, both written and illustrated, and will be an empowering book that will make you laugh, make you think, and make things ok.

It's All Absolutely Fine by  Ruby Elliot


 I’ve never heard of Ruby Elliot, although from what I could gather she’s been posting her drawing about her life on her blog for a while now. Therefore, everything about her and this book was new to me.

It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby is a memoir written in pictures. A form of graphic novel. All pictures are black and white, since there are no colours.

It is a very fast read. It’s a great book for getting out of a reading slump, or reading on the train or bus.
The book tackles several mental issues such as bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, depression, different forms of anxiety. I can’t say I can relate to all of them, but even so, it was interesting to find out a little bit more about them, and how Ruby, in particular, sees these illnesses and how she managed them. Although the book deals with such sad and sensitive issues, there is also a lot of humour, a darker humour I would say. However, the humour does not stop Ruby from raising awareness about mental health.

There isn’t much to say about this book, due to its genre. If I say more I will spoil it for you.

Anyway, I recommend this book to people who like comic novels/sequential art, as well as reading about mental health. It is also a quick read if you want to read something fast.

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