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Passing for Human- A Review

While I love art and illustrations, graphic novels have never really been my thing. I've also never really gone out of my way to read a memoir. To be perfectly honest with you, I picked this book up at the Atticus Bookstore in New Haven because it had a beautiful cover (we all judge books by their covers, yeah?). I held it in my hand and flipped through the pages, only to fall in love with the artwork inside. The art style is passionate and beautiful, and I had to bring this book home with me.

Passing for Human, written and illustrated by Liana Finck, is easily one of the best books I have ever read. It was out of my element, it was different, but it was marvelous.

"A draw-er doesn't draw because she loves to draw. She doesn't draw because she draws well. She draws because once, she lost something. And by drawing, she will find it again."

The illustrations take you on a visual journey through the life and inner workings of Liana Finck, who sees the world through a unique lens. Her story is filled with love and loss, the ups and downs of chasing your dreams, and battling the constant voice in your head that tells you that you're not enough, or maybe that you're too much. We've all been separated from our shadow selves at some point or another, and reading along as Liana forges her way through life on the lookout for her own is as inspirational as it is heartbreaking.

Passing for Human is poignant. It has magic, humor, feminism, fear, self-doubt, neurodiversity, passion, failure and, of course, success. It may not be a book that you would typically pick up in a book store, but I highly recommend giving it a try. It is a book that I will be re-reading several times over. Hell, I even immediately went to Amazon and bought the other book that she wrote as soon as I finished this one.

If you're interested, and you should be, Passing for Human is available in e-book or hardcover format.

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