Mis(h)adra
An Arab-American college student struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel.Isaac wants nothing more than to be a functional college student—but managing his epilepsy is an exhausting battle to survive. He attempts to maintain a balancing act between his seizure triggers and his day-to-day schedule, but he finds that nothing—not even his medication—seems to work. The doctors won’t listen, the schoolwork keeps piling up, his family is in denial about his condition, and his social life falls apart as he feels more and more isolated by his illness. Even with an unexpected new friend by his side, so much is up against him that Isaac is starting to think his epilepsy might be unbeatable.Based on the author’s own experiences as an epileptic, Mis(h)adra is a boldly visual depiction of the daily struggles of living with a misunderstood condition in today’s hectic and uninformed world.

Mis(h)adra Details

TitleMis(h)adra
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherGallery 13
ISBN-139781501162107
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Disability

Mis(h)adra Review

  • Victoria Schwab
    January 1, 1970
    Read in a single sitting. What an extraordinary graphic novel about a student living--and fighting--with epilepsy. Absolutely loved.
  • paulie
    January 1, 1970
    misadra - arabic word for seizuremishadra - arabic slang for "i can't"mis(h)adra - isaac hammoudeh's daily struggle with epilepsy, which affects his sleep, his schooling, his socialising, his core of self.aside from 1986's the dark knight returns (batman/frank miller) when i was a child, this is my first graphic novel that was more of a real story. the illustrations are nicely drawn, combining moments of heavy detailing and abstract animation throughout. muted tones of yellow, orange, pink, and misadra - arabic word for seizuremishadra - arabic slang for "i can't"mis(h)adra - isaac hammoudeh's daily struggle with epilepsy, which affects his sleep, his schooling, his socialising, his core of self.aside from 1986's the dark knight returns (batman/frank miller) when i was a child, this is my first graphic novel that was more of a real story. the illustrations are nicely drawn, combining moments of heavy detailing and abstract animation throughout. muted tones of yellow, orange, pink, and purple backgrounds make up most of the pages, but black pages appear in particular times of agony, be it physical or mental/emotional. author/artist ata depicts seizures as a string of slightly curved daggers, those curves seemingly representing that extra pain and destruction that comes with half a decade of suffering. the threat of flunking out of college, medical bills, missed sleep add to the stress that help produce seizures, creating a (his) world of isolation (both from society and self-inflicted), feeling of never seeing or feeling better days ahead.if manic depression and seizures are apples and oranges, at least understand their commonality in both being fruit. with this in mind, i connected closely with a lot of isaac's thoughts and feelings of desperation to feel/be better, in feeling and helping create distance from others (lots of times not knowing who really cares, who to hold onto or who easily declares empty promises, having a languid, loose grip), in wanting to give up (to whichever degree at whichever moment), even in moments where you feel a recharge. there is an intimacy between isaac and a female classmate, jo, that seems to flow between the silken threads of romance, being able to relate to one another, and a fast, frank friendship.if this is what a graphic novel can be like, i'm interested in expanding my experience with the genre.thank you to gallery 13 comics, simon and schuster for this goodreads giveaway.
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  • Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    So good. Really relatable for me, even though I don't have epilepsy (but I do have narcolepsy with cataplexy).Really enjoyed the unique illustration style and the different palette switches to convey various states of existing.
  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel was an illuminating exploration of an Arab American's experience of epilepsy, while navigating graduate studies amid ableism from loved ones and professionals alike.
  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure how to rate this, the art is good but the story is not, I felt that an essay might have worked better.
  • Amy Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, who struggles with living his life with epilepsy which is represented in the story by a chain of knives constantly pointed at him, ready to strike at any moment. Balancing the weight of an unsupportive family, a college courses, disbelieving doctors, and day-to-day responsibilities, Isaac is constantly under stress and feels at the end of his rope. The title, Mis(h)adra, is a play on the Arabic words “misadra,” which means “seizure,” This is the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, who struggles with living his life with epilepsy which is represented in the story by a chain of knives constantly pointed at him, ready to strike at any moment. Balancing the weight of an unsupportive family, a college courses, disbelieving doctors, and day-to-day responsibilities, Isaac is constantly under stress and feels at the end of his rope. The title, Mis(h)adra, is a play on the Arabic words “misadra,” which means “seizure,” and “mish adra,” which is slang for “I can not.” The art in this was absolutely perfect. I think it honestly may be the best art I’ve seen in a graphic novel ever, and I bumped this book up to 5 stars for that alone. The story pacing was a bit off in some places and the ending didn’t strike as hard as the rest of the story, but the overall message and plot were solid. + The color scheme is gorgeous. The pinks, purples, and blues worked well together, and I really like how the shade of color shifted to show different scenarios. (e.g. When Isaac experiences one type of attack, the shades got lighter, but a different type of attack and the shades became very saturated.)+ The art is really well done. The text becomes part of the story. The angles are fresh and interesting. If Ata needed to show flashbacks or time jumps or relay the + Great commentary on mental health as well as invisible illness. Triggers: detailed suicidal thoughts, condescending doctors, some graphic medical situations
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  • Greyson Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.Mis(h)adra follows the story of Isaac, who has epilepsy, and his journey of friendship and personal acceptance. This was a beautiful and heart wrenching graphic novel. I don't suffer from epilepsy but I do have a chronic illness so I related with Isaac so much!I understood what it was like to want to give up because everything just hurts too much and it's all too hard so you lay in bed and refuse to Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.Mis(h)adra follows the story of Isaac, who has epilepsy, and his journey of friendship and personal acceptance. This was a beautiful and heart wrenching graphic novel. I don't suffer from epilepsy but I do have a chronic illness so I related with Isaac so much!I understood what it was like to want to give up because everything just hurts too much and it's all too hard so you lay in bed and refuse to do anything, only that makes it worse when you do try and do things because now you're behind or in trouble. It feels like you walking through quicksand. No matter what you do, you still feel like you're sinking and when you're in that frame of mind it is so very hard to let people in, to let people help. I think this story will resonate with a lot of people fighting invisible battles. It was such a painful read for me, but I'm thankful for it nonetheless.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - love this art. Another good book with subject matter that helps me learn about living in someone else’s shoes. The art is amazing. And the story about someone learning to live with epilepsy is intense. The minimalist use of color was an excellent choice - and the color changes when he has a seizure is jarring. This is really different, and it’s really well done. A bit experimental. Definitely different than what I’m used to. Which is a good thing. Definitely worth reading. Highly recommend Wow - love this art. Another good book with subject matter that helps me learn about living in someone else’s shoes. The art is amazing. And the story about someone learning to live with epilepsy is intense. The minimalist use of color was an excellent choice - and the color changes when he has a seizure is jarring. This is really different, and it’s really well done. A bit experimental. Definitely different than what I’m used to. Which is a good thing. Definitely worth reading. Highly recommended. Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery 13 for a copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ---Very well done and insightful, I had a hard time putting it down.Must read, highly recommend :) Going on my favorites shelf
  • Marjolein
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsFull review to come!
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel telling the story of an Arab-American college student's experiences living with epilepsy. It's #OwnVoices in the way that both the author and the main character are Arab and are epileptic; it's an incredibly moving story about the importance of having support systems in the form of families and friends to trudge through difficult times. Epilepsy was, and remains, a misunderstood illness, and though it was difficult to read sometimes given some of the graphic imagery Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel telling the story of an Arab-American college student's experiences living with epilepsy. It's #OwnVoices in the way that both the author and the main character are Arab and are epileptic; it's an incredibly moving story about the importance of having support systems in the form of families and friends to trudge through difficult times. Epilepsy was, and remains, a misunderstood illness, and though it was difficult to read sometimes given some of the graphic imagery, it was still an incredibly profound reading experience. I do wish that it had been longer, and the art style of my ARC was black and white, and I don't think the graphic novel is meant to be read in black and white, which worked against its favor.Trigger warnings apply for self-harm and suicidal ideations.Connect with me elsewhere:Blog || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Instagram || Tumblr || Facebook
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  • Cherise
    January 1, 1970
    This beautifully done graphic novels follows Isaac who is trying to graduate from college while suffering from epilepsy. His seizures are so bad he loses an eye after a bad one at a party at a friends place. Having to deal with his seizures and ending up in doctors offices and in the hospital where doctors don't really listen to him while trying to attend class, barely managing to get through without flunking out. He learns that him pushing away in hopes of not inconveniencing them and that his This beautifully done graphic novels follows Isaac who is trying to graduate from college while suffering from epilepsy. His seizures are so bad he loses an eye after a bad one at a party at a friends place. Having to deal with his seizures and ending up in doctors offices and in the hospital where doctors don't really listen to him while trying to attend class, barely managing to get through without flunking out. He learns that him pushing away in hopes of not inconveniencing them and that his life, despite his chronic illness, is worth living.This story hit really close to home, leaving me still close to tears as I write this. I suffer from a chronic illness that had me flunking out of high school right before graduating, in too much pain just to breathe, let alone attend classes. I graduated four years later, when I was finally able to balance the pain and manage to listen to my body and not push it over the edge again. I still have bad episodes that leave me nearly unable to finish my own college classes and I don't have anything to manage the pain, but I'm learning that my life is still worth it, just like Isaac. Like Jo, I suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome while taking the same medication to help with my depression. I was lucky because I was warned ahead of time, so when my back started burning so bad I couldn't have clothes touching it, my mom rushed to my pharmacist for me and got me started on meds to get it out of my system (I was in no condition to be going out. It took me a few days before the rash went down fully, so I didn't end up in a life threatening experience like Jo, thankfully). I'll always have the spots on my skin from it, in which almost flare up every now and again for one reason or another. But I didn't fully know that it was that until I read this comic, that I wasn't the only one that got it on my back instead of my feet and hands, which is why they didn't send me straight to hospital for it. I cried because I wasn't alone. And that's why representation matters.This book is simply beautiful as it is horrifying. But in that horror it isn't hiding the truth or making seizures out to be something 'romantic' but life threatening. I showed that chronic illnesses can affect people and their lives so much and how hard you have to fighting with doctors over it because they don't want to listen. I still end up in the ER being told my ribs are probably just inflamed and it's not my Fibro and told to go home despite struggling to breathe. It's not easy and this read isn't either. But it does tell you the truth about chronic illnesses that many people don't fully understand. I highly recommend this book not only for the writing, but the art. It's beautifully done and ties in the fact Isaac is Arab beautifully. This graphic novel is beautifully done as it is important. So do me a favor, read this book. And support those of us that are sick and understand that things aren't easy for us. But we are trying our best. Don't think we're lying. Don't abandon us because you don't think we're being true when we need you the most. I might not have had a Jo in person, but I had someone who was there for me when I needed them most and I admit, I fear I wouldn't have survive it. 
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  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a brilliant story and very powerful too. It depicts the author's struggle with epilepsy by telling the story of a young man named Isaac who has epilepsy and it tells his story through art. I have read a number of graphic novels which focus on health issues and I feel that the graphic novel is a very powerful medium for explaining the struggles and victories of people who live with serious health conditions. This novel is definitely worth reading. It is thoughtful in the way it depic This is such a brilliant story and very powerful too. It depicts the author's struggle with epilepsy by telling the story of a young man named Isaac who has epilepsy and it tells his story through art. I have read a number of graphic novels which focus on health issues and I feel that the graphic novel is a very powerful medium for explaining the struggles and victories of people who live with serious health conditions. This novel is definitely worth reading. It is thoughtful in the way it depicts Isaac's struggles. The real beauty about this story is that the artwork is quite simple and the language that accompanies the art is also simple, but at the same time the message and the impact of the story is very hard hitting. I felt that the art uses a limited range of color but this actually works. The use of black and red depicting when Isaac has his epileptic attacks and the blue thread showing the aura before an attack impresses upon the reader the way Isaac is rendered helpless and that this is approaching danger. It conveys this effectively and without the use of words. It also has a way of drawing the reader into the epileptic episode. We are also shown the power of friendship and community, and at the same time the barrier and challenges that Isaac has to face in order to receive strength from being part of this community. Frustration is also another emotion that is quite clearly conveyed in the story and as a reader we get to experience Isaac's frustrations both with his health condition and with the medical establishment and their refusal to listen to him and take his complaints seriously. Then there are all the difficulties with family and how Isaac struggles to get them to understand the seriousness of his condition.This is this is a thoughtful story and very emotional too. As I read it I wanted to be the friend who was relentless in her support of him. Everyone needs someone like that in their lives even if they don't have a health condition. The book shows quite clearly that empathy can help a person who is struggling with life and once again it shows this in a subtle way without directly telling us. I really enjoyed reading this. Epilepsy is not something that I am familiar with but through this book I feel that I have actually come to understand a little bit more about it. This is definitely a graphic novel that is well worth reading.Copy provided by publisher via net galley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of Mis(h)andra from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Mis(h)andra tells the story of Isaac, and Arab-American whom is struggling to come to terms with his epilepsy while having essentially no support structure. Along with his condition he has an unsupportive family, college problems, and the day to day issues, many of which can trigger an epileptic fit. If this wasn’t enough for a young man on his own to deal with, throw in the fact that he has yet I received an advanced copy of Mis(h)andra from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Mis(h)andra tells the story of Isaac, and Arab-American whom is struggling to come to terms with his epilepsy while having essentially no support structure. Along with his condition he has an unsupportive family, college problems, and the day to day issues, many of which can trigger an epileptic fit. If this wasn’t enough for a young man on his own to deal with, throw in the fact that he has yet to find a doctor that will truly listen to him, and you have the perfect recipe for despair. The artist uses knifes to symbolize Isaac’s epilepsy – a move that is both bold and beautiful. Combined with a stunning color palette and rich imagery, it fully immerses the reader in the struggles and emotions that Isaac is being forced to cope with. I absolutely love all of the artistic choices made, right down to the simplest and smallest details. There are some triggering subjects covered throughout the graphic novel. Isaac struggles with suicidal thoughts (stemming from the belief that he will never be himself again, that there’s no hope, no cure). The author doesn’t hide from these emotions that Isaac feels. Isaac also faces multiple uncaring medical professionals whom seem to prefer to assume he’s not really sick, as opposed to listening to him and giving him a proper diagnosis. During one of Isaac’s epileptic fits he loses an eye – the imagery around it is somewhat graphic, in part because of the way he illustrates his condition. I sincerely cannot get over how beautiful and powerful this book was. The imagery and the story merge into an evocative tale where the reader finds themselves rooting for the main character’s well-being. I honestly wish I could read it for the first time all over again. For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    Though a fictional story, this is clearly mostly a memoir of being an Arab-American with epilepsy. The first chapter was gorgeous and hooked me in. Unfortunately, I felt that the quality really started falling off from there. Though the metaphorical depictions of auras and seizures didn’t get any less eye catching, the majority of the time faces lost detail and side characters became severely under-developed. I found it hard to tell what was happening or even really, how much time was passing. I Though a fictional story, this is clearly mostly a memoir of being an Arab-American with epilepsy. The first chapter was gorgeous and hooked me in. Unfortunately, I felt that the quality really started falling off from there. Though the metaphorical depictions of auras and seizures didn’t get any less eye catching, the majority of the time faces lost detail and side characters became severely under-developed. I found it hard to tell what was happening or even really, how much time was passing. If this was trying to show me how epilepsy effects perception, maybe the book did it extremely well? However, it did not feel like a mechanic to me but just bad pacing. It began to read to me like the author’s first webcomic instead of a published comic and it does appear that it was originally a webcomic.I also felt a bit puzzled by the end. Isaac gives up hope and then… finds it again? Somehow? I couldn’t tell if there was really a resolution in his family life or a breakthrough in trying to seek medical treatment but it just… felt unsatisfying, I suppose. I was interested in learning more about epilepsy and how it impacted quality of life and I do feel that the comic taught a lot about that. But I didn’t feel I learned a whole lot about any of the characters. There are brief glimpses into what could have been a great story. A relationship broken because of illness and then patched over to become roommates. Perhaps a parental relationship that might have been close or abusive before the onset of epilepsy? I was never sure how much his father’s reaction was to be expected. I just wish… I wish for more. And I didn’t get it. But I feel like, with more practice, this author will do some very interesting things.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This beautifully done graphic novel depicts the struggle of Isaac, a student who lives with epilepsy. Besides the stress of epileptic attacks, which are preceded by an aura, represented by knifes ready to strike, he has to deal with his classmates', family's and doctors' ableism. He finally made his first friend in a long time, who tells him that it will get better, but Isaac is slowly losing hope.This is Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This beautifully done graphic novel depicts the struggle of Isaac, a student who lives with epilepsy. Besides the stress of epileptic attacks, which are preceded by an aura, represented by knifes ready to strike, he has to deal with his classmates', family's and doctors' ableism. He finally made his first friend in a long time, who tells him that it will get better, but Isaac is slowly losing hope.This is a heartfelt and absolutely stunning graphic novel. The art is amazing and truly beautiful. I especially liked the jarring change from softer colors to black/red during seizures, because it emphasized their suddenness.And while I think the story does a very good job of portraying how Isaac's epilepsy takes over his life, shortening the time he can spend with other people and sometimes feeling like they take ages, shown in page after page, I would have liked some more plot and knowledge about Isaac's relationships with other people. There is also a lot of internal monologuing going on in this book and barely any dialogue, which I found a bit weird at first, but it actually shows how isolated Isaac has become quite well and I grew to enjoy it a lot.The end is not very satisfying as it happens pretty quickly and wraps up too fast for my taste, but I adored the rest of the comic quite a lot.This story also deals with depression as result of chronic illness and also with the darker things in life, so please be warned for suicidal ideation and mentions of self-harm in this book. Some of the drawings are pretty gore-y and bloody too.
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  • Jes
    January 1, 1970
    A quick but striking read, Mis(h)adra shares the story of Isaac, an Arab American college student struggling with epilepsy. Represented by hanging knives, Isaac's epilepsy is the one constant in his life. Attending college and working are hard enough, but Isaac's epilepsy means he's also struggling with having the energy to deal with daily tasks, an unsupportive family, medical professionals who won't listen, and his own reluctance to open up to those around him. While the story is solid, it's r A quick but striking read, Mis(h)adra shares the story of Isaac, an Arab American college student struggling with epilepsy. Represented by hanging knives, Isaac's epilepsy is the one constant in his life. Attending college and working are hard enough, but Isaac's epilepsy means he's also struggling with having the energy to deal with daily tasks, an unsupportive family, medical professionals who won't listen, and his own reluctance to open up to those around him. While the story is solid, it's really the art that does the heavy lifting here. The use of color and line work to illustrate not only the day to day tension of possible epileptic seizures but the seizure themselves is remarkable. The shift to a black and magenta color palette from the softer tone of the main story both emphasizes and empathizes Isaac's seizures. Presenting the attacks so jarringly makes it easier to relate to Isaac's struggle with the violence and disruption of epileptic seizures.Mis(h)andra is a solid book with art that elevates it to must pick up, if only to marvel at Ata's mastery of color and tone.
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    Because they combine visual art with a narrative, graphic novels are a great medium for conveying experiences of changed perception, literally seeing the world in a different way. Ata's art in Mis(h)adra is especially good at getting the reader to share, at least in some small part, the anguished, paralyzing, radiant, otherworldly experiences of Isaac's epilepsy.At first it seemed to me that the writing would have been more effective if communicated through interactions rather than almost entire Because they combine visual art with a narrative, graphic novels are a great medium for conveying experiences of changed perception, literally seeing the world in a different way. Ata's art in Mis(h)adra is especially good at getting the reader to share, at least in some small part, the anguished, paralyzing, radiant, otherworldly experiences of Isaac's epilepsy.At first it seemed to me that the writing would have been more effective if communicated through interactions rather than almost entirely internal monologue. But partway through I realized that the monologue perfectly encapsulates Isaac's sense of being trapped: inside the situation, inside his head, inside his body.This is a beautiful book. I don't know how to put it in any other way. I loved spending time in the world Ata put to paper, despite (or maybe even because of) the narrator's despair. The seizure imagery was jarring and difficult to process, but the everyday life details of queer friendship, beach trips, and group study sessions were no less intense in their warmth. And there was a particular richness and depth to Isaac's encounters/confrontations with the deeper, more interior part of himself.Thank you to NetGalley for the advance reader copy
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel about a college student named Isaac who has epilepsy. The comic illustrates the feelings of different kinds of epileptic seizures. Additionally, the comic shows how epilepsy effects Isaac's daily life, job, school work and friendships. Through out the comic you also see Isaac's struggle with hospitals and doctors to believe that what he is experiencing is more than just anxiety. This comic is a beautifully drawn comic about Isaac's journey to the edge and back.I gre Mis(h)adra is a graphic novel about a college student named Isaac who has epilepsy. The comic illustrates the feelings of different kinds of epileptic seizures. Additionally, the comic shows how epilepsy effects Isaac's daily life, job, school work and friendships. Through out the comic you also see Isaac's struggle with hospitals and doctors to believe that what he is experiencing is more than just anxiety. This comic is a beautifully drawn comic about Isaac's journey to the edge and back.I greatly enjoyed this comic, the artwork is incredible and the story is an eye opening tale of epilepsy. Even though this is not an experience I have, I still found the comic and Isaac easy to relate to. I am glad I had an opportunity to read this.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Nia Wright
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful illustration of a condition as difficult to comprehend as epilepsy - the illustrator is able to show how epileptic aura (the horrible promise of seizures to come) follow Isaac around just waiting for the opportunity to strike.This isn't a dramatic story, it's reads more like a memoir that shows a young man coming to terms with his diagnosis. It's purpose is to give you, the reader, an insight into the life of someone suffering from epilepsy - from seizure triggers to the weig This is a beautiful illustration of a condition as difficult to comprehend as epilepsy - the illustrator is able to show how epileptic aura (the horrible promise of seizures to come) follow Isaac around just waiting for the opportunity to strike.This isn't a dramatic story, it's reads more like a memoir that shows a young man coming to terms with his diagnosis. It's purpose is to give you, the reader, an insight into the life of someone suffering from epilepsy - from seizure triggers to the weight of carrying the risk of seizure around with you every day. The ending of this novel isn't particularly satisfying, but if there's anything to be learnt from this novel - it's to make the small wins count.I would recommend this graphic novel to absolutely anyone - the message will benefit everyone and the artwork is simply wonderful.
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  • Bellasong
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.One of the best graphic novels I have ever had the pleasure of seeing/reading. The protagonist has epilepsy, a fact that he really doesn't want to come to light. He'd rather sweep it under the rug, but it's not that easy. He really wants his life to work out, but a part of him is destroying his chances. Faring against his illness is not easy, and the fight is exhausting. I'm really glad I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.One of the best graphic novels I have ever had the pleasure of seeing/reading. The protagonist has epilepsy, a fact that he really doesn't want to come to light. He'd rather sweep it under the rug, but it's not that easy. He really wants his life to work out, but a part of him is destroying his chances. Faring against his illness is not easy, and the fight is exhausting. I'm really glad a story like this has been put out, so more people can see what others face with a physical disorder in their daily lives. A lot of individuals don't treat him and his physical disability seriously, and its effect is life-changing. This is a big wake-up call to exemplify what the main is going through, and also to let others who also have epilepsy know you can count on others in your life.
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  • Paige The Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh. This book was beautiful, gritty, and heart choking. Iasmin Omar Ata certainly has the great gift of tapping into their own experience to truly bring out some very raw, very needed, understanding of what an experience with their type of seizures can feel/look like. The use of color was exquisite! I didn't know that those colors could cultivate such different feelings with every page. Absolutely gorgeous! I hope to see many more books like this one.*Note: Pronouns changed because I saw Oh my gosh. This book was beautiful, gritty, and heart choking. Iasmin Omar Ata certainly has the great gift of tapping into their own experience to truly bring out some very raw, very needed, understanding of what an experience with their type of seizures can feel/look like. The use of color was exquisite! I didn't know that those colors could cultivate such different feelings with every page. Absolutely gorgeous! I hope to see many more books like this one.*Note: Pronouns changed because I saw that they didn't use "he/she" pronouns on the artist's tumblr page and artist page. Sorry about saying "him" in the first one. Confused a male-presenting protag with a male writer.
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  • Maia
    January 1, 1970
    Isaac is an Arab-American college student with epilepsy. He feels unable to tell people about his condition and becomes more and more isolated; doctors fail to recognize the severity of his symptoms, and he struggles to keep his prescriptions filled. This is a beautiful, but strange and scattered book- moments I wanted to see more of were cut short, while seizure sequences take up page after page. Perhaps this is the perfect depiction of the condition, but I was left wanting a somewhat heftier p Isaac is an Arab-American college student with epilepsy. He feels unable to tell people about his condition and becomes more and more isolated; doctors fail to recognize the severity of his symptoms, and he struggles to keep his prescriptions filled. This is a beautiful, but strange and scattered book- moments I wanted to see more of were cut short, while seizure sequences take up page after page. Perhaps this is the perfect depiction of the condition, but I was left wanting a somewhat heftier plot. Still, I recommend it to readers interested in the subject matter. The art is emotional and deeply personal.
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  • Patrycja
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel talks about epilepsy. I am not that familiar with this disease and know only the basic info. This graphic novel definitely familiarized me with the illness.I received advanced copy, that is black and white. But still it is great graphic novel. The main character's story is based on the author's own experience as an epileptic. It shows the struggle of sick person, of misunderstanding and misjudging.
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  • Carly
    January 1, 1970
    The appeal and uniqueness of this book stems from its use of color and visual effects to convey a fraction of the author's experiences of epilepsy. The helplessness and loss of control are well conveyed and relatable, even for people who only experience mental illnesses that make it hard to function like everyone else. Because it would be depressing if that was all the story was, we also get to see the effect even one person willing to listen can have.
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  • Angel Hench
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful account of one person's struggle with epilepsy. If you have a chronic illness, you will identify with the author's story and you will feel understood. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, you should read this graphic novel. Nowhere will you find an easier, more delightful way to find out what your loved one is going through.(A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)
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  • Victoria Peipert
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very well done graphic novel with regards to the illustrations and the story that the author is trying to tell. While some parts felt choppy or abrupt I think the themes the author explored (anxiety, medical hurdles, navigating personal growth despite those two things, etc.) are fascinating and are definitely underrepresented for how relatable I think they can be.
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  • Tasya Dita
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest reviewMis(h)andra is the story of Isaac who struggle to live his normal live while having seizures. I love the story, it seems very realistic to me especially since this is an #ownvoices book. The way the art and the dialogues are presented make the story real and we can symphatize with Isaac.
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  • Mya
    January 1, 1970
    A visceral, haunting, and captivating depiction of the darkness a person can face when coping with an invisible illness and the disbelief of (some) the people around them. Gorgeous art and colouring, and a fascinating visual interpretation of the author's experience of epilepsy. A biting critique of the state of medicine and its understanding of diseases with an ultimately hopeful ending.
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  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads' Giveaway.I would describe this book as interesting. I liked the artwork, although sometimes I had difficulty interpreting it. I would be interested to talk to someone with epilepsy to see how accurately this book described the disease.
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