Review: It's All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot
"What I've essentially done for this book is draw about stuff that goes on in my head and about stuff that goes on outside of my head, and how those things mush together in a bit of a strange and confusing way. They are drawings about me, but I hope some of them may be about you, too. If not that's fine; The book will work nicely as a sort of deluxe rectangular coaster. Everyone's a winner." -Ruby Elliot
It's All Absolutely fine is a collection of cartoons and writing by the Ruby Elliot, creator of the popular Tumblr 'rubyetc', which already has over 210k followers. It's mostly about her struggles with depression, and balances the serious and tragic with humour, making the topic of mental health accessible and easier to talk about.
I'd actually never visited Tumblr nor heard of Ruby before I came across this book on Netgalley. I liked the book a lot, though parts of it made me cringe. Ruby writes/draws about self sabotage, not being too hard on yourself, and the importance of finding "happy corners" for when you feel not okay.
If you suffer from a mental illness yourself, or are close to someone who does (and I suppose the majority of people fall into one or both of those categories at some point in their lives) it will probably be very close to home. You may find it comforting, or it might make you cry, or if you're lucky, maybe both at once.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Published: Jan 31 2017
Rated: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆