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An original graphic novel based on the IVF stories of its husband-and-wife authors and the 1-in-50 couples around the world like them. Conrad and Joanne met in their final year of university and have been virtually inseparable since then. For a while, it felt like they had all the time in the world. Yet now, when they are finally ready to have kids, they find that getting p An original graphic novel based on the IVF stories of its husband-and-wife authors and the 1-in-50 couples around the world like them. Conrad and Joanne met in their final year of university and have been virtually inseparable since then. For a while, it felt like they had all the time in the world. Yet now, when they are finally ready to have kids, they find that getting pregnant isn’t always so easy. Ahead of them lies a difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. Join Joanne and Conrad, their friends, their family, their coworkers, and a stream of expert medical practitioners as they experience the highs and the lows, the tears and the laughter in this sensitive but unflinching portrayal of the hope and heartbreak offered to so many by modern medicine.


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An original graphic novel based on the IVF stories of its husband-and-wife authors and the 1-in-50 couples around the world like them. Conrad and Joanne met in their final year of university and have been virtually inseparable since then. For a while, it felt like they had all the time in the world. Yet now, when they are finally ready to have kids, they find that getting p An original graphic novel based on the IVF stories of its husband-and-wife authors and the 1-in-50 couples around the world like them. Conrad and Joanne met in their final year of university and have been virtually inseparable since then. For a while, it felt like they had all the time in the world. Yet now, when they are finally ready to have kids, they find that getting pregnant isn’t always so easy. Ahead of them lies a difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. Join Joanne and Conrad, their friends, their family, their coworkers, and a stream of expert medical practitioners as they experience the highs and the lows, the tears and the laughter in this sensitive but unflinching portrayal of the hope and heartbreak offered to so many by modern medicine.

30 review for Two-Week Wait: an IVF story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Graphic Novel all about a couple during IVF. I had trouble getting pregnant, but I was lucky not to have to do IVF. I was lucky that meds helped us to get pregnant, but I could really understand this graphic novel. The two-week wait is not fun for anyone trying to get pregnant. This is a much needed book. I found the pictures cute, and the story was once anyone having trouble to get pregnant can relate to. This book took me no time to read, and it took me back to 8 + years to when I wa This is a Graphic Novel all about a couple during IVF. I had trouble getting pregnant, but I was lucky not to have to do IVF. I was lucky that meds helped us to get pregnant, but I could really understand this graphic novel. The two-week wait is not fun for anyone trying to get pregnant. This is a much needed book. I found the pictures cute, and the story was once anyone having trouble to get pregnant can relate to. This book took me no time to read, and it took me back to 8 + years to when I was trying to get pregnant. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Scribe Publications) or author (Luke Jackson) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    دُعاء| Doaa

    I’m surprised how this graphic novel unlocked something within me. I still couldn’t figure it out. Couples really should read this before they dive into a serious relationship

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Gibson

    This is an incredibly personal graphic novel that does a great job capturing the real life struggles many couples face during their fertility journeys. The artwork and dialogue are very well done, and it really felt like you got a window into someone else’s life This was at times funny, sad, and informative and is really good for what it’s supposed to be. The only thing that’s a drawback of this is it really focuses in on the IVF option for couples struggling, which is a shame considering all the This is an incredibly personal graphic novel that does a great job capturing the real life struggles many couples face during their fertility journeys. The artwork and dialogue are very well done, and it really felt like you got a window into someone else’s life This was at times funny, sad, and informative and is really good for what it’s supposed to be. The only thing that’s a drawback of this is it really focuses in on the IVF option for couples struggling, which is a shame considering all the children in need of fostering. A definite recommendation for anyone struggling with their own attempts at conception.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    A young couple, Conrad and Joanne, start to feel their biological clocks ticking, especially when they're confronted with their friends who already have children or are pregnant. Sadly, getting pregnant turns out to be not as easy as they thought. The couple has themselves tested, and they come to the conclusion that IVF is the way forward. The book basically tells their story, and it follows the usual storybeats you'd expect in such a story, but it also has an extra layer of honesty, especially A young couple, Conrad and Joanne, start to feel their biological clocks ticking, especially when they're confronted with their friends who already have children or are pregnant. Sadly, getting pregnant turns out to be not as easy as they thought. The couple has themselves tested, and they come to the conclusion that IVF is the way forward. The book basically tells their story, and it follows the usual storybeats you'd expect in such a story, but it also has an extra layer of honesty, especially towards the end of the book. The authors do not avoid or minimise the frustration, the anger and the disappointments that come with a story such as this. It took me a little while to get accustomed to the book's art style, but in the end it's fine, and there's some nice things done with shadow and light. 3.5 stars (Thanks to Scribe UK for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Infertility and IVF can be a really touchy subject. People go through this, but for some reason it rarely gets talked about. It's "taboo" to so many people... but why? It's so common. Yes, it can be scary and some people believe they don't want to jinx it, but I think some of the stigma needs to go away. Then, along comes this book! A graphic novel that depicts a really hard journey that can help people learn, connect and understand with one of life's toughest spots. This book brings up so many g Infertility and IVF can be a really touchy subject. People go through this, but for some reason it rarely gets talked about. It's "taboo" to so many people... but why? It's so common. Yes, it can be scary and some people believe they don't want to jinx it, but I think some of the stigma needs to go away. Then, along comes this book! A graphic novel that depicts a really hard journey that can help people learn, connect and understand with one of life's toughest spots. This book brings up so many good issues. What happens when one partner in the couple seeks help and talks about pregnancy? While the other wants to keep their baby trying secret? The random, tough situations in infertility that no one really thinks about. Some of the comments that get said that seem like they mean nothing, yet can have a toll on your partner (especially if you feel like you're the problem!). The ups and downs of being pregnant and then not being pregnant. The whole process can suck - but this book is here to show you that you're not alone in this battle. There are others out there who went through the same thing. You are not alone. To boot, the illustrations are marvellous. I really liked the style and felt it fit well with the story. Brava! Five out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Scribe UK for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    This graphic novel did a great job of exploring the emotions and stress that occur throughout the not at all straightforward process of in vitro fertilization. The coloring was great - the muted pinks and blues were symbolic of both the focus on pregnancy and the emotional palate of the story. the characters experienced a lot of shame, sadness, anger, and embarrassment on their journey and the art and writing were very clear eyed and empathic. A great story to help understand the real impact tha This graphic novel did a great job of exploring the emotions and stress that occur throughout the not at all straightforward process of in vitro fertilization. The coloring was great - the muted pinks and blues were symbolic of both the focus on pregnancy and the emotional palate of the story. the characters experienced a lot of shame, sadness, anger, and embarrassment on their journey and the art and writing were very clear eyed and empathic. A great story to help understand the real impact that trying to have kids can have on people. **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    Two-Week Wait is an emotional book about a couple's journey through IVF. The husband-wife author duo have based it on their personal experience and research into other couples struggling with pregnancy. And their research shows. Conrad and Joanne, a married couple in their mid-thirties, have been struggling to conceive for over a year and soon they realise that their option of becoming parents narrows down to IVF. All the trials and tribulations associated with IVF - medical, financial, emotiona Two-Week Wait is an emotional book about a couple's journey through IVF. The husband-wife author duo have based it on their personal experience and research into other couples struggling with pregnancy. And their research shows. Conrad and Joanne, a married couple in their mid-thirties, have been struggling to conceive for over a year and soon they realise that their option of becoming parents narrows down to IVF. All the trials and tribulations associated with IVF - medical, financial, emotional - are depicted accurately. In a society where the woman feels the greater pressure to become a mother, Joanne's personal upheavals will touch a chord with every woman. At the same time, the pressure on Conrad to stay strong and his struggles with his self-confidence are also shown very honestly. The illustrations are very simplistic sketches without much finishing and in basic tones of dull orange and grey. I'm not sure if this is because I read the ARC version of the graphic novel. These stark sketches created a greater impact on me as the artwork didn't take away from the story. Rather, it lent a distinctive panache to the book by not having any distractions away from the main topic at hand: the struggles of a couple to become pregnant. Thank you to NetGalley and Scribe UK for the ARC. ********************* Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    (Received an electronic copy for review from Netgalley) So I'm not typically a graphic novel reader, but I really wanted to give this one a go. This made me very emotional, and it felt like a very raw, honest look into the struggle that many individuals face when trying to get pregnant. As a young woman, it really resonated with me because we generally don't think of the "what if it doesn't work" scenario - so this story was very eye-opening and scary, in a good way. The art style was really nice (Received an electronic copy for review from Netgalley) So I'm not typically a graphic novel reader, but I really wanted to give this one a go. This made me very emotional, and it felt like a very raw, honest look into the struggle that many individuals face when trying to get pregnant. As a young woman, it really resonated with me because we generally don't think of the "what if it doesn't work" scenario - so this story was very eye-opening and scary, in a good way. The art style was really nice, and it fit the story well. I would've maybe liked a little bit more surrounding the pregnancy, and whether there were any further complications there. Overall, 3 stars from me, which to me means it was great, just didn't do anything wild to knock my socks off. I would definitely pick up more work by these authors in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    An excellent graphic novel covering a couple’s difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. The topic covered is a sensitive one, but the artwork is extremely good. The portrayal of the emotions as well as the reactions of various characters was so realistic. Overall, it was informative as well as you could connect with the characters. Thank You NetGalley and Scri An excellent graphic novel covering a couple’s difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. The topic covered is a sensitive one, but the artwork is extremely good. The portrayal of the emotions as well as the reactions of various characters was so realistic. Overall, it was informative as well as you could connect with the characters. Thank You NetGalley and Scribe UK for this ARC!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello, Hi, I hope we are all doing well! It’s been a busy June and I have been reading a ton of good books this month (at least so far we still have half the month to go)! Earlier this month I was wanting to pick up a graphic novel and was going to be spending some time in the car waiting outside of the vet’s office while one of my cat’s was at a check up. So I decided to look through my Netgalley shelf to see what I had going on! When looking through my shelf, I saw that I had this graphic novel Hello, Hi, I hope we are all doing well! It’s been a busy June and I have been reading a ton of good books this month (at least so far we still have half the month to go)! Earlier this month I was wanting to pick up a graphic novel and was going to be spending some time in the car waiting outside of the vet’s office while one of my cat’s was at a check up. So I decided to look through my Netgalley shelf to see what I had going on! When looking through my shelf, I saw that I had this graphic novel waiting for me and I decided I would give it a read while I was waiting! SPOILERS AHEAD Conrad and Joanne are happily married, working pretty good jobs, and just generally enjoying their lives but one day they start to think about having a baby! They both think that this could be an exciting time for their lives and their family however, things are not coming as easy as both Conrad and Joanne thought and after a year they visit a doctor to get some help. This begins an incredibly long journey for both Conrad and Joanne as they continue to try to have a baby and the family they are dreaming of. I honestly really enjoyed Conrad and Joanne’s story, I feel like it’s not what I would typically read but I really enjoyed reading about their journey and appreciate that it was shared. When I first started this graphic novel I thought this was going to be a very happy tale of starting a family but I feel like it shows the very real struggles of what starting a family can be like for many people. The Two Week Wait will definitely hold a special place in my reader's heart and maybe someday my shelves! Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This was a lovely graphic novel about a couple struggling to get pregnant and their journey and experiences with IVF. IVF is a topic I have tried to become more familiar with but there is always something I could learn and seeing it in a graphic novel is especially important. IVF is a topic not talked about enough so seeing it here is important t Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This was a lovely graphic novel about a couple struggling to get pregnant and their journey and experiences with IVF. IVF is a topic I have tried to become more familiar with but there is always something I could learn and seeing it in a graphic novel is especially important. IVF is a topic not talked about enough so seeing it here is important to help normalize and educate about it. I really felt the emotion in here and felt as it was a good representation of how I imagine going through all of this is like. I do wish some spots were explored a little bit more and that it was a little short. I enjoyed the art work and the writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    The Curious Wanderer

    Thanks to Scribe UK and NetGalley for allowing me to read this graphic novel! As someone who never experienced parenthood, it’s interesting to look at Conrad and Joannes case when they were trying their hardest to have a child via IVF. Before reading this novel, although I’ve heard of IVF being mentioned, I never gave it a thought to deeply research it. It was really good to see both characters communicate well throughout the process. It’s even good to see their friends and families supporting th Thanks to Scribe UK and NetGalley for allowing me to read this graphic novel! As someone who never experienced parenthood, it’s interesting to look at Conrad and Joannes case when they were trying their hardest to have a child via IVF. Before reading this novel, although I’ve heard of IVF being mentioned, I never gave it a thought to deeply research it. It was really good to see both characters communicate well throughout the process. It’s even good to see their friends and families supporting them by not involving unnecessary drama. This graphic novel was a really nice “slice of life” read and could benefit couples out there who are going through the same thing!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    Two-Week Wait: An IVF Story is a graphic memoir (of sorts) by writers and couple Luke C. Jackson and Kelly Jackson with art by Mara Wild. Ahead of them lies a difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. Join Joanne and Conrad, their friends, their family, their coworkers, and a stream of expert medical practitioners as they experience the highs and the lows, th Two-Week Wait: An IVF Story is a graphic memoir (of sorts) by writers and couple Luke C. Jackson and Kelly Jackson with art by Mara Wild. Ahead of them lies a difficult, expensive, and emotional journey into the world of assisted fertility, where each ‘successful’ implantation is followed by a two-week wait to see if the pregnancy takes. Join Joanne and Conrad, their friends, their family, their coworkers, and a stream of expert medical practitioners as they experience the highs and the lows, the tears and the laughter in this sensitive but unflinching portrayal of the hope and heartbreak offered to so many by modern medicine. This book definitely wasn’t easy to read; so devastating, heartbreaking, yet hopeful. The art style was wonderful and I love the orange and blue color scheme. Hopefully books like this make the conversation of infertility a little easier and less taboo. Two-Week Wait goes on sale 05/042021. Thank you Scribe UK and NetGalley for the advanced reading copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thank you to NetGalley and Scribe UK for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. CW: infertility, pregnancy loss In this graphic novel, a married couple in their 30s, Jo and Conrad, are having trouble getting pregnant. After various doctor visits, tests, and procedures, they begin their IVF journey. Having never been pregnant or tried to become pregnant, I couldn't connect directly to this story through personal experience. However, knowing people who have been through this Thank you to NetGalley and Scribe UK for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. CW: infertility, pregnancy loss In this graphic novel, a married couple in their 30s, Jo and Conrad, are having trouble getting pregnant. After various doctor visits, tests, and procedures, they begin their IVF journey. Having never been pregnant or tried to become pregnant, I couldn't connect directly to this story through personal experience. However, knowing people who have been through this process (some multiple times), it hit straight to the heart. The emotions are raw and real, and the journey the couple went through was depicted with honesty and care. I think that there is something to be gained from this by everyone who reads it, but it could potentially be triggering for those who are struggling or have faced loss in the past.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Turner

    Arc kindly received from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book blew me away. It took a very difficult and sensitive subject and handled it with so much delicacy and honesty. The artwork was simple but beautiful, and I think that is exactly what was needed to balance the heaviness of the topic. Infertility is still seen by some as a taboo subject, and certainly isn’t spoken about enough. I think this book shows a snapshot of just how difficult and painful the jou Arc kindly received from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book blew me away. It took a very difficult and sensitive subject and handled it with so much delicacy and honesty. The artwork was simple but beautiful, and I think that is exactly what was needed to balance the heaviness of the topic. Infertility is still seen by some as a taboo subject, and certainly isn’t spoken about enough. I think this book shows a snapshot of just how difficult and painful the journey can be, and hopefully shows we shouldn’t be scared to talk about it and lean on others. While I can’t relate to the situation as a whole, there certainly were elements in the story that I could. I was a little worried I would find this triggering, but the topic was so well handled! Just a stunning, heartbreaking, hopeful tale.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Trying to conceive is really hard, especially if you are close to 35 years old, and Kelly is in this story. Your eggs start getting old, and like chickens, you don't produce quite as much as you did when you were younger. And the world makes you check your temperature, and harvest eggs and take drugs to produce more eggs. And each two week wait after you have gone through whatever you have gone through, while waiting to find out if you are pregnant is the worst time you could ever spend. You wan Trying to conceive is really hard, especially if you are close to 35 years old, and Kelly is in this story. Your eggs start getting old, and like chickens, you don't produce quite as much as you did when you were younger. And the world makes you check your temperature, and harvest eggs and take drugs to produce more eggs. And each two week wait after you have gone through whatever you have gone through, while waiting to find out if you are pregnant is the worst time you could ever spend. You want to not think about it constantly, and you do. I never had to go through IVF, but I did have to go through bits of it, such as the drugs for the egg producing, and the being artificially inseminated. It is grueling, because you want to keep it to yourself, and not share until it is good news. And Kelly and Luke go through all the roller coaster that this is. That the heartache. All the pain. Very truthful, and very tearing at the heart strings. Good book. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    This graphic novel seems to show very well the journey of a couple going through IVF. The medical side is pretty well explained but they also don't forget to show the emotional side and how the journey can affect people in different ways. I was pulled in and invested, did not put it down until I got to the end. This graphic novel seems to show very well the journey of a couple going through IVF. The medical side is pretty well explained but they also don't forget to show the emotional side and how the journey can affect people in different ways. I was pulled in and invested, did not put it down until I got to the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley/publisher in exchange of an honest review. There was a whole bunch of new graphic novels uploaded to NG and this one stood out to me. Not because of personal reasons (no kids for me), but because I was curious about the IVF part, I know some bits and boops but most things I read are clinical, not personal. So I was curious to see how things would go for this couple. Would IVF be the solution for them? The book starts with showing us the couple, how they met, and I received this book from Netgalley/publisher in exchange of an honest review. There was a whole bunch of new graphic novels uploaded to NG and this one stood out to me. Not because of personal reasons (no kids for me), but because I was curious about the IVF part, I know some bits and boops but most things I read are clinical, not personal. So I was curious to see how things would go for this couple. Would IVF be the solution for them? The book starts with showing us the couple, how they met, and how they are trying for a kid. How things aren’t working. How things aren’t go right. How tension rises as they both want a kid. We see the start of examinations and tests. And then the process begins. Finding out more about what is going on. The start of IVF. The start of everything. My heart just broke for this couple, holy crap all the things they have to get through, all the things they learn, but I was also rooting for them, happy that through this way they may have a chance at getting a baby. Man, I was rooting for them so hard. Hoping. Praying. We see how the process is going (with was both interesting and heartbreaking), see how the mental health is going down, see that finances are crashing, but thankfully both of them have friends and family who they can talk to (and of course they talk to each other). It wasn’t always easy to speak up but I was glad that they had people who supported them, who listened, and many also had their own stories. They definitely needed that support as the process continued and the disappointments piled up. Though, I can only imagine the pain seeing your friends go through the same process and have luck. It must be a conflicted feeling as well. You are happy for them, but also angry and sad because you didn’t get lucky. I definitely was feeling emotional while reading this. 🙁 The art was really good, I like the style and I like the minimal colours that were used (orange/gray/blue/black). Um? Did the book end on page 143 all of the sudden? From 143 to 160 there are just NO pages left.. What? Why would you end it like this? Definitely not happy and I am rating this book lower because of that. But despite the sudden and weirdly cut-off ending, I had fun reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to people! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz Sousa

    *ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review on the platform* This is a topic that is really not easy to deal with. I think that the author wrote really well and I couldn't find any issue with it. Nowadays there is more and more people having issues with getting pregnant so this is a truly important topic. The illustrations are very pretty, but sometimes I got confused with the dialogues *ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review on the platform* This is a topic that is really not easy to deal with. I think that the author wrote really well and I couldn't find any issue with it. Nowadays there is more and more people having issues with getting pregnant so this is a truly important topic. The illustrations are very pretty, but sometimes I got confused with the dialogues

  20. 4 out of 5

    ALPHAreader

    ‘Two-Week Wait: an IVF story’ by Luke and Kelly Jackson, illustrated by Mara Wild is a graphic novel from Scribe. So, this is a graphic novel in a genre that’s loosely termed “graphic medicine” about illness, chronic pain, medical study and the healthcare system generally – all in the graphic novel format. It follows the likes of ‘Kid Gloves’ by Lucy Knisley, ‘The Facts of Life’ by Paula Knight, ‘Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?’ by Roz Chast and ‘Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelang ‘Two-Week Wait: an IVF story’ by Luke and Kelly Jackson, illustrated by Mara Wild is a graphic novel from Scribe. So, this is a graphic novel in a genre that’s loosely termed “graphic medicine” about illness, chronic pain, medical study and the healthcare system generally – all in the graphic novel format. It follows the likes of ‘Kid Gloves’ by Lucy Knisley, ‘The Facts of Life’ by Paula Knight, ‘Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?’ by Roz Chast and ‘Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me’ by Ellen Forney. In ‘Two-Week Wait’ we get the story of Conrad and Joanne, loosely based on the real-life experience of authors Luke and Kelly Jackson. Conrad and Joanne at 34 decide they’re ready and prepared to become parents … but then 35 is creeping up and they’re still not pregnant. Thus begins their journey into infertility; chronicling their medical diagnoses and then the various specialty doctor’s plans to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to combat Joanne’s previously undiagnosed endometriosis, and Conrad’s slightly-low sperm-count. This is an intimate quasi-memoir that tracks the emotional and medical journey through IVF, with illustrations by the Hamburg-based artist, Mara Wild. And I really did enjoy this, even as I was one-removed from the story; as a young woman who has always known she doesn’t want children, I do have friends who’ve struggled with infertility and gone through the IVF process and I suspect having that connection and grounding to the very real emotional arc will hit differently, depending on the experiences you bring to the reading. That being said; I did read this and think it was fairly … prosaic? Maybe it’s that the Australian publishing landscape has been so painstakingly slow in taking up the graphic novel format for all readerships, but especially adult graphic novels. So it’s not surprising that something like ‘Two-Week Wait’ is what gets up with one of our most prestigious small publishers – a fairly unassuming tale with broad general appeal to wary adult audiences unsure of the format, but responsive to the story generally. But for me I did find it a little one-note? Even as I thought it was very emotional, and beautifully told via Mara Wild’s cool-toned tenderness with pops or warmth, like the light of hope getting in. I couldn’t help but crave a story that goes deeper and more layered. I found myself latching and wondering more about the passing stories and experiences of Joanne and Conrad, and wanting a fuller investigation there. Like Joanne’s previously undiagnosed endometriosis, and maybe a tale about that medical journey – possibly with an ending that accepts infertility and childlessness, or adoption? And maybe the breakdown of, or overcoming in a relationship that comes with these new realities? Conrad begins getting weighed down by the medical costs of IVF, and a big part of me wondered what the journey is for those couples who simply can’t afford $10K per-round of IVF? What are the socio-economic barriers to fertility and family? All in all; I think this is probably a great graphic novel to introduce novice adult readers of the format to, and especially if the journey of infertility will be a personal and impactive tale for them. It delightfully reminded me of the British sitcom ‘Trying’, and I am always going to be glad to see more Australian graphic novels, especially for adult readers. But I also found it a little lean and ploddingly typical. 3.5/5

  21. 5 out of 5

    Booknerd_dragon (TANIA)

    i am 22 year old adult, so marriage and its struggle is not my 1st hand experience, but being a brown indian kid, we all saw and faced and relate to many issues, and my curiousity along with symapthy was a deadly combination for this book. this book was very well done, the graphics and art was simple yet very impactful, it was very lovable to be appropriate. i finished this book in two sitting and i was very eager to know what would happen to them at the end. the novel is about A young couple, Con i am 22 year old adult, so marriage and its struggle is not my 1st hand experience, but being a brown indian kid, we all saw and faced and relate to many issues, and my curiousity along with symapthy was a deadly combination for this book. this book was very well done, the graphics and art was simple yet very impactful, it was very lovable to be appropriate. i finished this book in two sitting and i was very eager to know what would happen to them at the end. the novel is about A young couple, Conrad and Joanne, start to feel their biological clocks ticking (if you are from indian or strict and backdated family they will make you feel like this in your twenties especially if you are a girl, so the pressure was very relatable. i think that was what the author was going for, simple yet very close to heart), especially when they're confronted with their friends who already have children or are pregnant. Sadly, getting pregnant turns out to be not as easy as they thought (reminded me a lot about mondler from friends). The couple has themselves tested, and they come to the conclusion that IVF is the way forward. the fun part was it showed both their vulnerabilities and how their love and understanding helped them come out of such a sad and depressing time with work pressure, money problem, family involvement, friends words, even their own disappointment. the way they stick together even after growing apart for a while, is the real aspect of a married life or any relationship for that matter. this book brilliantly showed that how you dont have to be perfect, but perfect for each other. •Character development- 5☆ • Story Plot- 4.5☆ • Side characters- 2.5☆ • Flow of the story- 4☆ • Overall - 4.5☆

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Two-Week Wait is an emotional graphic novel about infertility and IVF. This story follows the journey of husband & wife, Jo & Conrad, throughout their IVF process. The story was based on the authors and other IVF couples and individuals interviewed for this book. This well-researched story was informative for not only the couples or individuals that are about to, or are currently experiencing the IVF process, but for family members and friends unsure of how to support someone they love experienci Two-Week Wait is an emotional graphic novel about infertility and IVF. This story follows the journey of husband & wife, Jo & Conrad, throughout their IVF process. The story was based on the authors and other IVF couples and individuals interviewed for this book. This well-researched story was informative for not only the couples or individuals that are about to, or are currently experiencing the IVF process, but for family members and friends unsure of how to support someone they love experiencing infertility, IVF, or pregnancy loss. Explaining the procedures of what to expect was important to add. Procedures like laparoscopy, HSG, and semen analysis are routine but patients are often left in the dark on what to expect from them. By providing this accurate account through someone else’s story could put a reader’s mind at ease a bit if they are about to go through IVF. Many times Jo & Conrad feel defeated by the pressure to get pregnant, they both have feelings of inadequacy when they cannot fall pregnant despite trying everything. The main take away from this story for the readers that have not experienced IVF or infertility was the need to just listen to your friends/family instead of sharing your own problems or trying to fix someone with advice when something isn’t going according to plan. IVF is emotionally and psychologically exhausting so having a friend, family member, employer supporting throughout this is key to not adding more stress into this already difficult process. The illustrations were very simplistic as if these characters could represent any reader going through IVF that may stumble upon this story. This was a wonderful book about a very sensitive topic and I think the authors did a great job showing the many struggles they themselves, and many others go through during the process to have children. I would recommend this book to anyone going through IVF or infertility, anyone interested in the IVF process, or to anyone supporting a friend or family member experiencing IVF, infertility or pregnancy loss. Thank you to Scribe UK & NetGalley for the digital ARC copy of Two-Week Wait. Rating: 4/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bex

    I really appreciate the educational tool this graphic novel serves as. I don't know that that was the intention, but it certainly should be a useful tool for communicating with women and their partners who are undergoing IVF, or in fact any fertility investigations or treatments. So often people misjudge what an appropriate question is; so often people ask ignorant questions like, "oh you've been married 3 years why haven't you had kids yet?" So often those women have had multiple miscarriages b I really appreciate the educational tool this graphic novel serves as. I don't know that that was the intention, but it certainly should be a useful tool for communicating with women and their partners who are undergoing IVF, or in fact any fertility investigations or treatments. So often people misjudge what an appropriate question is; so often people ask ignorant questions like, "oh you've been married 3 years why haven't you had kids yet?" So often those women have had multiple miscarriages behind closed doors. So often those women want children more than you could imagine. And, actually, even if that's not true and those couples don't wish to have any children, ever, regardless of the length of their marriage - it's not your business! I like this book. I like the characters, the heart and most of all I like the harsh reality of it. I hope people read it and listen, and for those who truly understand and can relate, perhaps it can shine some hope into what can be a truly bleak situation. ARC provided from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jojothebookinator

    My Rating: 3.5 stars This graphic novel follows Joanne and Conrad on their IVF (in vitro fertilization) journey. After fifteen years of marriage, they are finally ready to expand their little family of two. A year later, Joanne is turning 35 and is still not pregnant. So, they decide to try IVF. What I loved: First, Joanne and Conrad’s story is the story of so many couples struggling to get pregnant. Since we are not given too many specific details about their lives, it becomes easier for the gene My Rating: 3.5 stars This graphic novel follows Joanne and Conrad on their IVF (in vitro fertilization) journey. After fifteen years of marriage, they are finally ready to expand their little family of two. A year later, Joanne is turning 35 and is still not pregnant. So, they decide to try IVF. What I loved: First, Joanne and Conrad’s story is the story of so many couples struggling to get pregnant. Since we are not given too many specific details about their lives, it becomes easier for the general majority to identify with the characters. Additionally, I am glad that it touched on the shame and taboo that both men and women experience. Men can often feel emasculated. Meanwhile, women are often burdened by societal expectations to want and have children. This pressure is both external (from others) and internal (ourselves). Finally, I love that it shows how taxing and emotional the journey can be. The high levels of stress that may result from failed IVF cycles can test your marriage and make you question your role within it. You may feel broken and even start to wonder if you are failing your partner. This story reminds couples that they are not alone and will get through it. Why it’s not for me: I didn’t learn anything new about IVF from reading this. I have friends who have undergone IVF, so I am already familiar with the process and emotional toll it takes. At 160 pages this is not a deep dive into IVF. That’s okay; it just means that I am not the intended audience. Who I recommend this to: I think this is great for couples who are going through IVF or are considering it. Joanne and Conrad’s story demonstrates the effects that going through IVF can have on your marriage, career, finances, lifestyle, mental health, and other relationships. It is also great for anyone unfamiliar with the topic who knows someone going through IVF and would like more information or needs help being more empathetic. Happy reading! Thank you to Netgalley and Scribe Publications for providing me with a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vaiomo ♡

    Thank you to the publisher for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review! This was such a moving story! I've never read anything really so focussed on the topic of becoming pregnant and how difficult it can be for someone to even conceive a child, in my head it was always like "If it breaks you're fucked" type of deal. But it was so interesting and inspiring to see the story of a couple that does have problems with it. You never really know where you stand before you try having a chil Thank you to the publisher for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review! This was such a moving story! I've never read anything really so focussed on the topic of becoming pregnant and how difficult it can be for someone to even conceive a child, in my head it was always like "If it breaks you're fucked" type of deal. But it was so interesting and inspiring to see the story of a couple that does have problems with it. You never really know where you stand before you try having a child, just like this couple didn't know how hard it was going to be, so it was very refreshing to actually read about the problems it gives along the way and how long it would take to become pregnant for so to say "Problem couples". I learned a lot and not only was a story like this told in a refreshing manner, there was still so much to learn along the storyline and I am glad I read it. Definitely recommend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Britt

    Thank you to Scribe UK and NetGalley for providing me with the ARC of Two-Week Wait: an IVF story. All opinions are my own. In the autobiographical graphic novel Two-Week Wait: an IVF story Luke and Kelly Jackson tell their very personal story about them going through IVF. It is a heartfelt story that is very honest about the physical, emotional and financial challenges IVF may give couples. I hope their story will help a lot of people who also went through an IVF procedure and that they may reco Thank you to Scribe UK and NetGalley for providing me with the ARC of Two-Week Wait: an IVF story. All opinions are my own. In the autobiographical graphic novel Two-Week Wait: an IVF story Luke and Kelly Jackson tell their very personal story about them going through IVF. It is a heartfelt story that is very honest about the physical, emotional and financial challenges IVF may give couples. I hope their story will help a lot of people who also went through an IVF procedure and that they may recognise themselves in it. The art is done in a simple style and is done beautifully. If you love non-fiction graphic novels or want to know more about assisted fertility, Two-Week Wait might be the graphic novel for you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Readingshadowwolf

    (I was provided a copy of this book through netgalley) This was a truly beautiful story, as a woman I’ve heard many instances where people have had to go through IVF but never having anyone close to me go through it left but knowledge on the lacking side. But this book allowed me to the emotions, frustrations and heartache that people may go through when trying for a baby through IVF. I truly felt as if I was stood beside this family through their ups and their downs. This book is very informati (I was provided a copy of this book through netgalley) This was a truly beautiful story, as a woman I’ve heard many instances where people have had to go through IVF but never having anyone close to me go through it left but knowledge on the lacking side. But this book allowed me to the emotions, frustrations and heartache that people may go through when trying for a baby through IVF. I truly felt as if I was stood beside this family through their ups and their downs. This book is very informative about IVF as it allowed me to understand the full process of what people go through during their IVF treatment. Thank you for writing this book and I recommend everyone to read this, in order to see what IVF treatment can be like as I feel like this is a very necessary read. I also really enjoyed the cute art style in this graphic novel and it truly added to the experience of reading it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Nagrodski

    As a woman who will someday have to choose between IVF; adoption; or remaining childless, this beautiful graphic novel really spoke to me. I appreciated how honest this husband and wife duo were about their journey - and how much of your life can become consumed by IVF. As an added bonus, I loved the color scheme used for the illustrations! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to learn from this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    I have never read a graphic novel and my first one did not disappoint. 'Two-Week Wait follows' the IVF journey of a husband and wife and how IVF impacts emotionally and physically. I loved how Luke and Kelly portrayed the raw emotions between the two, their complexities of marriage and the unsolicited advice from friends and family. To be perfectly honest there is not enough material out there to describe IVF and its impact so I found this incredibly insightful. I have friends who are experienci I have never read a graphic novel and my first one did not disappoint. 'Two-Week Wait follows' the IVF journey of a husband and wife and how IVF impacts emotionally and physically. I loved how Luke and Kelly portrayed the raw emotions between the two, their complexities of marriage and the unsolicited advice from friends and family. To be perfectly honest there is not enough material out there to describe IVF and its impact so I found this incredibly insightful. I have friends who are experiencing IVF right now so wanted to understand how to better support them and this book highlights exactly that. Totally recommend for anyone - it's an important topic that we ought to know more about.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a graphic novel that will go along with so many families and what they are going through. I think that if you would like to see what couples go through in order to have a child, you will like this. If you are having a hard time withy having a baby, this book might not be the right one for you. But, if you need a pick me up and to see how another couple went through fertilization, it might help you.

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