My thoughts on Ink in Water by Lacy J. Davis and Jim Kettner | Spoiler-free Book Review

Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity)Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir by Lacy J. Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know when you find a story that reflects purity, honesty and a good heart, and imprints all these emotions and thoughts in you and yet you’re left speechless? Ink in Water by Lacy J. Davis and Jim Kettner does just that!

My very first graphic novel, this one’s going to stay with me for a very long time.

Lacy shares her struggles with Life and her health that she’s had to deal with since her early 20s. A normal girl, with a happy childhood, good people around and a healthy dating life – is suddenly pushed into this darkness that engulfs every fibre of her being. She deals with eating disorders, and I respect the fact that it’s been talked about so truthfully in her story.
Her mind had kept this blob of an idea hidden there somewhere, waiting for one thing to go wrong, and spread like ink spreads on a paper and fills it with darkness.
Ink in Water is her story of survival and victory, and how she defeats all the troubles that come her way. It’s a story about love, dedication and commitment.

The artwork is just amazing! It explains each emotion and moment so truthfully and vividly, that you almost start seeing yourself in the protagonist’s situation. It is immensely expressive and explains the gravity of situations, being talked about, perfectly. I could sense the mixed emotions and frustration Lacy’s dark thoughts brought along. It might not be an easy read for some, but it’s definitely important and totally worth it.

I respect Lacy for her strength and for being true to herself even when she didn’t think she knew how to be. And I respect Kett for being such a wonderful and generous human being and to always be with her through all her highs and specially her lows. Also, I want to thank Lacy for staying with herself despite all that went wrong and for choosing to do whatever it takes to keep their relationship going.

I can’t explain the entire story in words but more so through tears and emotions. I love how the story starts with her shoulders slumped but ends with her walking upright and glowing. I found myself clapping and cheering her on!
It’s an amazingly empowering story and I’m really glad that it’ll soon be shared with the world!

e-Book courtesy: Net Galley

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