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How did I get here? The answer is not simple. Pressured by media, friends, fashion trends, her workplace, and personal relationships, Anna descends into a cycle of misery that seems unending. Whenever she tries to rise from the abyss, her personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back down. In Tyranny, Anna has created a formidable foe, and now, finding the strength to defeat her is a matter of life or death. Brilliantly and realistically presented, Tyranny is a must-read for anyone seeking a better understanding of eating disorders and for everyone looking for a compelling page-turner that is truly a story of hope and triumph.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780887769030
Characteristics: 114 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.


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Jul 06, 2018

A newbie to the artform of the graphic novel, I was blown away by the impact of the illustrations in this story. The personification of an eating disorder in the hauntingly sketched and pervasively manipulative character of Tyranny is unforgettable. Fairfield shares a brutally honest and extremely personal look at the way anorexia and bulimia took over her life and the hope she found to take it back.

ksoles Sep 01, 2012

Lesley Fairfield's graphic novel depicts the internal struggle of Anna, a teenager fighting her self-imposed regime of starvation and purging. Though Tyranny keeps Anna thin, the demon destroys her health and her personal relationships and causes her to pose the question: "how did I get here?"

Illustrated with simple black-and-white drawings, "Tyranny" makes minimal use of dialogue in this honest and brave exploration of eating disorders. Anna visibly turns from a healthy girl into a dangerously ill young woman while Tyranny, an eerie, skeletal creature with bulging eyes, goads her on. Ultimately, Anna battles back and regains control over her life.

Though the graphic novel form sacrifices character development and plot complexity, Fairfield succeeds in conveying her central message of hope. The format lends itself well to the educational aspects of the story and gets to the heart of a painful subject with sensitivity. Most importantly, its clear and direct style has the potential to reach reluctant readers.

Dec 23, 2010

OMG i love this book. its so true I cant read a big novel about these topics but to see it in pictures it really helped!

Sep 01, 2010

Interesting format, poorly executed. Overly simplistic and underwhelming. A disappointment.

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Oct 02, 2010

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