Book Review: What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan

Note: This book was sent to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affects my opinion on this book or my review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Graphic Novel; Feminism

Format: eBook from NetGalley

Release Date: March 18, 2019


What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, simple and complex.

The book’s beginnings as a fanzine shine through in its honesty and directness, confronting the inequalities faced by young women, everyday. And it ends with a line of hope, that with solidarity, girls will hurt less, as they hold each other up with support and encouragement.


  • The illustrations were so great and inclusive!
  • It covered a good list of basic things that feminist women worry about or stand for.
  • It was short and to the point.
  • It was extremely encouraging.


  • The formatting was wonky, but I understand that graphic novels are harder in ebook format.

My Thoughts: I really liked this graphic novel. It was short and to the point, and 100% honest. It was inclusive, simple, and creative. I loved the illustrations. I’m probably going to buy a copy or check it out at the library so I can see it in its true format.

Lucile de Pesloüan

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