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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; 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.


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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; 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.

30 review for Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I put this on hold at the library this up because I thought it was a graphic novel, but it's one of those in-between books: a heavily illustrated memoir with some pages just being a picture and others dominated by many small paragraphs or one large block of tiny, typeset text. I thought about passing entirely but decided to give it a go after flipping through and seeing a bunch of gross stuff and nudity. Turns out that's the point of the book. Elovic takes us on an intimate yet bawdy tour of her I put this on hold at the library this up because I thought it was a graphic novel, but it's one of those in-between books: a heavily illustrated memoir with some pages just being a picture and others dominated by many small paragraphs or one large block of tiny, typeset text. I thought about passing entirely but decided to give it a go after flipping through and seeing a bunch of gross stuff and nudity. Turns out that's the point of the book. Elovic takes us on an intimate yet bawdy tour of her body and tells us how she has come to embrace its imperfections and inconveniences. It's a little inspirational and a lot amusing as she keeps things moving along briskly with lots of potty humor and her cheeky attitude. Fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    She tells it like it is. The illustrations can be a bit disturbing, but she went all out/shoved it in your face and 100% accomplished that. 3.75 stars for the message. I love self love and think people should spend more time loving themselves.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I am so, SO grateful that I went into a bookstore that had this book face out. Sadly, I’d never heard of Arielle Elovic’s “Cheeky” Instagram or blog before seeing this book cover, but once I picked it up and flipped through a few pages, I knew I absolutely had to have it. I don’t think I can overstate how amazing it would have been to have this book when I was 8 or 12 or, you know ever. Or just someone around who would talk about body stuff and help me realize that all the things I was weirded ou I am so, SO grateful that I went into a bookstore that had this book face out. Sadly, I’d never heard of Arielle Elovic’s “Cheeky” Instagram or blog before seeing this book cover, but once I picked it up and flipped through a few pages, I knew I absolutely had to have it. I don’t think I can overstate how amazing it would have been to have this book when I was 8 or 12 or, you know ever. Or just someone around who would talk about body stuff and help me realize that all the things I was weirded out or grossed out by were 110% normal. Elovic really nails the weird veil of secrecy that surrounds just about everything about women’s bodies. We shouldn’t fart, poop, bleed, smell, have any hair out of place OR have hair where it shouldn’t be. It’s so ingrained that girls can’t even talk to each other about it. Seriously, I remember getting my period in the sixth grade and just pretending I didn’t get it for like...a year since none of my friends had their period (that I knew of). That’s so weird! Or how I too planned so many of my outfits around what wouldn’t show sweat stains or the stretch marks on my thighs. DAMN! I wasted so much time and energy on that shit! There were so many moments in this book that reminded me exactly of the same moment in my life. Discovering hair under your armpits or someone telling you you need to shave for the first time, or finding a stretch mark or dimples on your thighs, or pulling back your thighs to see what a thigh gap would look like. Fighting against your hair or hating your body or SO many moments, gross or otherwise. It’s all here and so funny and just so affirming. Like an antidote to shitty teen magazines that try to tell you that you should love yourself but are also trying to sell your depilatories and bleaches and telling you how to look for other people. I remember a journal I kept from the sixth grade until partway through the seventh grade, which I still have and look at from time to time. And so many of the entries were wondering if boys didn’t like me because I was fat or gross, and thinking I needed to lose weight or diet or buy things to rid myself of any body hair and make the hair on my head smooth and less frizzy. Or all the contorting I did, just like Ariella, to be the person people expected me to be. All the making myself smaller or quieter and less myself. It’s all so real! I want to reach back through the space-time continuum and hand myself this book, even though it didn’t exist yet, and just say: you’re not gross, you’re not weird. You’re totally fine the way you are. But I’ll settle instead for recommending it to everyone! I’m only sad I didn’t know about the blog or the work earlier!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    With the caveats that Elovic herself notes that she's cis, white, and Jewish, this comic about learning to accept -- maybe even love -- one's own body is a delight. The art is fun and fresh, with a bright, full-color palate, and Elovic isn't afraid to be honest about the "flaws" she saw in herself that are, turns out, completely normal. This would be such a great comic especially for teen girls looking for insight into their own experiences or seeking a reminder that it's possible to accept your With the caveats that Elovic herself notes that she's cis, white, and Jewish, this comic about learning to accept -- maybe even love -- one's own body is a delight. The art is fun and fresh, with a bright, full-color palate, and Elovic isn't afraid to be honest about the "flaws" she saw in herself that are, turns out, completely normal. This would be such a great comic especially for teen girls looking for insight into their own experiences or seeking a reminder that it's possible to accept your flaws as you grow. While Elovic is definitely positive about hers, the tone here isn't that every one should love their bodies but rather, it's a life-long relationship you work through to find a place of acceptance. Even more than the physical realities explored here, from butts to periods to chin hairs to shaving and more, the inner wisdom and realities of being female in a world meant to shrink female-identifying folks down is rendered smartly without ever being a lecture. Rather, we see Elovic learn why it is she lost her backbone growing up and how she learned to rediscover her own power.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aileen

    “Oh, how convenient for the patriarchy” may become my new catchphrase.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sally Austin

    A body positive graphic novel with awesome artwork that talks about difficult topics regarding women's bodies. Overall, it was an okay book. She's a fabulous artist, but as a writer she could use some more practice. Many chapters in the book were not as well structured and detailed as some of the others, and I would like to seem them built out some more in regards to story. In some places, she has lots of exposition and a great conclusion, but no linking information of how she got from A to B. H A body positive graphic novel with awesome artwork that talks about difficult topics regarding women's bodies. Overall, it was an okay book. She's a fabulous artist, but as a writer she could use some more practice. Many chapters in the book were not as well structured and detailed as some of the others, and I would like to seem them built out some more in regards to story. In some places, she has lots of exposition and a great conclusion, but no linking information of how she got from A to B. Her chapters on tummy, legs, and vagina were excellent in composition and detail of patriarchal ideals that have been pressed on women over time. Honestly, I would recommend this to young women in their late teens and early twenties that are have trouble with self-esteem and body image. As someone in the late twenties/early thirties age group, the book really didn't appeal to me as something to learn from but more as a "been there, done that" type of book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Cheeky for sure! This one’s an ode to body positivity, self acceptance and to the friends who help you get there. The art is raw and hilarious. Truly original. And maybe it’s just my penchant for bathroom humor, but I literally LOL’d from pages 132-151. That’s a long time LOL’ing. 😂Super cute and rewarding read. Brought me back to harrowing times that may not have been so harrowing had I had this book for reassurance. Two hairy thumbs up!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karla Strand

    This book is super fun, super gross, super funny, and super relatable! Thanks to Ariella Elovic for writing and illustrating it! If I’d had this when I was younger, I wonder if it would’ve taken me so long to get confident and comfortable in my own skin.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    I wish I had this book when I was 13, but better late than never! From periods to farts Elovic talks and illustrates her way through knowing her own body in a super relatable, super unabashed manner. Must read for anyone who ever tweezed their eyebrows too far in the early 00s.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Nippoldt

    I absolutely love this book for its honesty, wit, and empathy towards experience. I highly recommend it for anyone with a good sense of humor and for those who want to cultivate a new relationship with themselves and their body! I wish I had this book as a teen and earlier in life, but now as I reach the end of my 20s, it is still a very helpful and insightful book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Ferman

    I read this whole book in one sitting. Absolutely loved it. Wish every girl had/has/will have this book in their teens and beyond. Gift it to the girls and women you love!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susie Dumond

    This is a fun, colorful, joy-filled memoir about finding childlike pride in your own body. It's hard to embrace your body in a world that constantly points you to perceived imperfections. In this graphic memoir, Ariella Elovic reclaims her body with radical self-love, including the stray hairs, bumps, and weird smells society tells us to hide. As an adult, there's so much of this book that meant a lot to me. But if I had read this in high school or college? Life changing. I needed someone to tel This is a fun, colorful, joy-filled memoir about finding childlike pride in your own body. It's hard to embrace your body in a world that constantly points you to perceived imperfections. In this graphic memoir, Ariella Elovic reclaims her body with radical self-love, including the stray hairs, bumps, and weird smells society tells us to hide. As an adult, there's so much of this book that meant a lot to me. But if I had read this in high school or college? Life changing. I needed someone to tell me that I shouldn't treat my body as the enemy. I hope this book can do that for lots of young people! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was the feminist graphic memoir I never knew I needed. "As women grow up, we're expected to reject our own bodies. Rather than celebrating all our bodies can do (and acknowledging their humanness), we are inundated with messaging that natural bodies are simply a starting point and there is always work to be done. We are expected to do this work - and to want to do this work." Ariella Elovic has crafted a relatable book about loving and embracing our bodies for the way they naturally are. The This was the feminist graphic memoir I never knew I needed. "As women grow up, we're expected to reject our own bodies. Rather than celebrating all our bodies can do (and acknowledging their humanness), we are inundated with messaging that natural bodies are simply a starting point and there is always work to be done. We are expected to do this work - and to want to do this work." Ariella Elovic has crafted a relatable book about loving and embracing our bodies for the way they naturally are. The quirky and imperfect illustrations really amplified the text too. Our world desperately needs this book and my hope is that it will not only open eyes but start larger conversations. Thank you to the publishers who provided me with an ARC of this book through NetGalley!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda A.

    We need more books like this on the market. It is honest and real, and more messages like this should be out there. The art in this was fun, flawed, and fabulous -- just like all of us. It was the perfect echo to the text: love yourself! Today's consumerist, technology-driven world puts way too much pressure on image and we sometimes forget to be kind to the most important person in our lives: ourselves. This book is a great reminder that none of that other stuff matters. This book is perfect fo We need more books like this on the market. It is honest and real, and more messages like this should be out there. The art in this was fun, flawed, and fabulous -- just like all of us. It was the perfect echo to the text: love yourself! Today's consumerist, technology-driven world puts way too much pressure on image and we sometimes forget to be kind to the most important person in our lives: ourselves. This book is a great reminder that none of that other stuff matters. This book is perfect for the person who wishes to reclaim their confidence and joy. And the art is just so fun and made it a really quick and easy read. I loved it, truly!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Orth

    Fun graphic memoir. Ariella has decided she no longer cares what the world thinks about her dimply thighs, unibrow, and hairy....everywhere. Her biggest critic was her younger self and she’s put that voice to bed, thank you very much. It IS a bit jolting to compare how she draws herself: unibrow, large round face with clownish makeup of rosy cheeks, to her publicity photo. It it is such fun and perhaps a relief to read about her female friends who support her body love, all of it, especially the Fun graphic memoir. Ariella has decided she no longer cares what the world thinks about her dimply thighs, unibrow, and hairy....everywhere. Her biggest critic was her younger self and she’s put that voice to bed, thank you very much. It IS a bit jolting to compare how she draws herself: unibrow, large round face with clownish makeup of rosy cheeks, to her publicity photo. It it is such fun and perhaps a relief to read about her female friends who support her body love, all of it, especially the parts formerly unsuitable for polite company: free bleeding, farts, and foiled attempts at dieting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    This super cute read would be AMAZING for a tween or young adult. I did find myself relating to the overall theme of the book (how women view our bodies), and I loved some of the nostalgic elements (like being asked out on AIM! The memories!). I'm giving it four stars since the message is necessary. I felt like I was reading a book with my girlfriend and we were gossiping about our facial hair and laughing. Cute illustrations. Thanks for letting me review this one, NetGalley! This super cute read would be AMAZING for a tween or young adult. I did find myself relating to the overall theme of the book (how women view our bodies), and I loved some of the nostalgic elements (like being asked out on AIM! The memories!). I'm giving it four stars since the message is necessary. I felt like I was reading a book with my girlfriend and we were gossiping about our facial hair and laughing. Cute illustrations. Thanks for letting me review this one, NetGalley!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kendra B

    Honestly, I adored everything about this book. I related to it so much as a young girl who hated everything about her body growing up. The illustrations are very honest and doesn’t hold back, but I love that! I love the positive message, and I think it would be insightful for anyone to read. Challenged me on how I look at myself as a woman, and how my identity is shaped by societal expectations. 10/10! Def a going to have my younger sister read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kara W

    I LOVED this book! I rarely write reviews but this one is just too good to not comment on. Her story is so relatable, I found pieces of myself growing up in all of this, and felt like I could have really used this as a teen. It’s hard to accept your own body and this just goes to show we are all squishy humans in the best way. The drawings fit so well too, I loved all of it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I wish I had this book when I was a teen. Cheeky unwraps and exposes a young woman’s struggle with self image. As a mother of three young woman this book creates a vehicle to open the conversation with my own daughters about there innermost feelings. This book revolutionizes the old “our body ourselves” from my generation. A must read for parents of all young woman.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    A MUST BUY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!! This book is the perfect way to brighten the lives of women in your life. Ariella does such a fantastic job of bringing light to the tough topics we hardly talk about with her colorful and playful illustrations. You’ll find comfort and confidence in this book with plenty of laughs along the way!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This book had some pictures that were a little disturbing, but otherwise the book was great! This book is relatable for any woman and the author didn't hold back in writing about positive body image. So many of us grow to hate our bodies and the author was able to relate to that in this graphic novel in at times really funny ways! This book had some pictures that were a little disturbing, but otherwise the book was great! This book is relatable for any woman and the author didn't hold back in writing about positive body image. So many of us grow to hate our bodies and the author was able to relate to that in this graphic novel in at times really funny ways!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This book is incredible. It is so beautifully illustrated. It is so honest and candid about some of life's most uncomfortable topics. And Ariella welcomes us into her life like we are one of her family. It is so fun to read, even as it tackles serious topics. It would be a wonderful gift, or gift to oneself. Can't wait for the sequel! This book is incredible. It is so beautifully illustrated. It is so honest and candid about some of life's most uncomfortable topics. And Ariella welcomes us into her life like we are one of her family. It is so fun to read, even as it tackles serious topics. It would be a wonderful gift, or gift to oneself. Can't wait for the sequel!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Could not rave about this book more! I felt so SEEN and heard and empowered by this book, which was pure joy cover to cover. I want to buy this for all of the ladies in my life, knowing that it will bring them laughs along with a little more self love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacob L.

    Absolutely loved this visual memoir. Highly recommend for anyone coming of age or anyone that remembers their coming of age. Anyone can relate to this book- all genders, religions, sexual orientations, all humans!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie Kennedy

    And I thought smelly earrings were just me...I could identify with a fair number of Ariella's issues, though not all. I have become more comfortable with myself than I was 20-30 years ago, but Ariella is ahead of my game I think. And I thought smelly earrings were just me...I could identify with a fair number of Ariella's issues, though not all. I have become more comfortable with myself than I was 20-30 years ago, but Ariella is ahead of my game I think.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Norah Stone

    so heartfelt, radical, and FUNNY. if this book were around when i was growing up it would have made such a difference. “our bodies, ourselves” absolutely found DEAD IN A DITCH!!!! ariella is a visionary!! give her everything!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brandee

    I loved this joyous, honest and refreshing book with it’s gorgeous illustrations. I wish I had read it 30-40 years ago. Highly recommended!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This was a cute and entertaining read! As a woman, I fully appreciate the humor in this book. I liked it! I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane Bateman

    This was a very interesting book has a lot of information on a lot of different every day experiences ..

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