A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020
The funny, exuberant, inspiring antidote to body shame--a full-color graphic memoir celebrating the imperfections of the author's female body in all its glory.
Too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. The message is everywhere--we need to pluck, wax, shrink, and hide ourselves, to not take up space, emotionally or literally; women are never “just right.” Well, Ariella Elovic, feminist and illustrator extraordinaire, has had enough. In her full-color graphic memoir Cheeky, she takes an inspiring and exuberant head-to-toe look at her own body self-consciousness, and body part by body part, finds her way back to herself.
How does Ariella learn not to see herself as a never-finished DIY project, but to accept and even love the physical attributes society taught her to hide? How does a mirror go from a “black hole of critique” to a “who's that girl” moment? Essential to her journey is her posse of girlfriends, her “yentas.” Together, they discover that sharing “imperfections” and some of the gross and “unsightly” things our bodies produce can be a source of endless laughs and deep bonding. It helps to have a team with some outside perspectives to keep our inner bullies in check.
Charming and hilarious, full of empathy and candor, and gorgeously illustrated, Cheeky aims to inspire all of us to embrace our bodies, flaws and all, as well as our bodies' needs, desires, and inherent power.
“I really wish I (and my butt!) had had this (gross and hilarious!) book when I was young.” —Samantha Irby, NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling author of WOW, NO THANK YOU
“A spectacularly illustrated bodily memoir of everything we are not supposed to talk about, inside and out. Lush, vivid, inspiring, and powerful!” —NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator of THE GUTSY GIRL and SALT FAT ACID HEAT
“I love Ariella Elovic's exultant illustrations! Cheeky is a heartening companion for those of us who still find the concept of self-love elusive, for people with soulful, knowing boobs, and for anyone who has ever wanted to take a bath in a sidecar of sour cream.” —Melissa Broder, author of THE PISCES
“Ariella Elovic's Cheeky is a very funny--and very touching--adventure in self-acceptance. I'd recommend it to anyone who's ever sprouted a hair.” —NEW YORKER cartoonist Liana Finck, author of EXCUSE ME and PASSING FOR HUMAN
“An entertaining, jubilantly body-positive memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Elovic navigates her relationship with every inch of her body in her spirited debut . . . this chummy memoir will appeal broadly to comics readers, as well as any fan of lighthearted feminist memoir.” —Publishers Weekly