Everything is OK – Debbie Tung

“For everyone who is going through a tough time. You are not alone. You matter. You are enough just as you are right now.

A while ago I read the graphic novel, Book Loveby Debbie Tung. It’s such an adorably sweet book, you never would have guessed that the author was struggling with anxiety and depression – and that’s the point, you just never know.

2-panel comic of girl with head on desk and increasing black cloud above. Panel 1: "Sometimes the thoughts in my head". Panel 2: "can get too overwhelming"

Here, she uses her artistic skills to share her experience with mental health struggles. It’s heartbreaking at times, and then so lovely as she shows the path to enjoying life again. That sounds a bit glib in a short review, but over the 200 pages the struggles are detailed, and that the path is never straight – days are sometimes good and sometimes still bad. But overall, it’s a happy story.

I think most of us struggle with anxiety, and many with depression, but you don’t need a medical diagnosis to gain a huge amount from reading this book. Everyone has tough days, days when things feel impossible to surmount. This is a book of hope that if you keep going, keep trying, you can improve things and find balance.

Happier looking girl in colour surrounded by the phrases: "This could work out." "I will learn a lot from the experience" "If I keep practicing, I can get better" "I will be inspired to follow my dreams".

Personally I needed this book. I have, indeed, been going through some tough times, and often it looks like the way back to ‘normal’ is just insurmountably hard. Reading this reminded me that I’ve been through a lot and survived. I’ll cope with the next bit. And by monitoring my thoughts I can help myself face it all and do it well.

Hugely, hugely recommended, this is just a lovely, fabulous, gentle warm hug of a book for life’s hiccups or darkest moments.

Night sky art with text: "You are not worth less when you are struggling or going through a hard time. You matter right now. Just the way you are."

NetGalley eARC: 201 pages
First published: 6th September 2022
Series: none
Read from 17th-24th July 2022 – savoured 🙂

My rating: 10/10

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