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The Paradox of Getting Better

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In three vignettes, a young adult deals with different stages of their life, trauma, and mental illness. As their identity transforms, so does their perspective. An intense, incisive look at what it takes to keep surviving. "Clemons’s surreal imagery and fantasy elements paired with deceptively simple, raw drawings capture the painful uphill struggle of recovery from mental In three vignettes, a young adult deals with different stages of their life, trauma, and mental illness. As their identity transforms, so does their perspective. An intense, incisive look at what it takes to keep surviving. "Clemons’s surreal imagery and fantasy elements paired with deceptively simple, raw drawings capture the painful uphill struggle of recovery from mental illness with visceral impact and deep empathy. Readers will find this indie comics discovery a diamond in the rough."—Publishers Weekly


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In three vignettes, a young adult deals with different stages of their life, trauma, and mental illness. As their identity transforms, so does their perspective. An intense, incisive look at what it takes to keep surviving. "Clemons’s surreal imagery and fantasy elements paired with deceptively simple, raw drawings capture the painful uphill struggle of recovery from mental In three vignettes, a young adult deals with different stages of their life, trauma, and mental illness. As their identity transforms, so does their perspective. An intense, incisive look at what it takes to keep surviving. "Clemons’s surreal imagery and fantasy elements paired with deceptively simple, raw drawings capture the painful uphill struggle of recovery from mental illness with visceral impact and deep empathy. Readers will find this indie comics discovery a diamond in the rough."—Publishers Weekly

30 review for The Paradox of Getting Better

  1. 5 out of 5

    BookCupid

    Not sure what I missed, but didn't really get into the story or what it was they author wanted to demonstrate. Not sure what I missed, but didn't really get into the story or what it was they author wanted to demonstrate.

  2. 4 out of 5

    cafaco

    i love how the overarching narrative unravels! each vignette compliments the others and i love how everything (like the art style, designs, dialogue, and paneling) develops over the course of the stories. i feel like i understood the first piece much better by the time i finished the final one, and the ending felt like a sweet, reassuring hug.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

    “The secret of getting better is that it never really happens. You can only keep going and trying to make the best of it as you can.” i don't normally read sort of tragic yet cute mental health comic but this one's really interesting and affirmative!! i love it. 🤟🏻💖 “The secret of getting better is that it never really happens. You can only keep going and trying to make the best of it as you can.” i don't normally read sort of tragic yet cute mental health comic but this one's really interesting and affirmative!! i love it. 🤟🏻💖

  4. 5 out of 5

    tessa stapp

    In this short comic, we follow XXXX as they deal with their mental health. Over the course of three short stories we see their perspective change as they work towards healing. Incredibly enjoyable and relatable short read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I think this went over my head, or I just couldn't wrap my mind around it. I think this went over my head, or I just couldn't wrap my mind around it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rocco Ricca

    Really nice little story. Loved the scratchy art and the message. Bonus points for non-binary representation from the writer/artist!

  7. 5 out of 5

    millie

    A nice little ditty about the nature of "getting better" and what that means. I have been thinking about this as a concept a lot lately and this offers a sense of reflection on "better" A nice little ditty about the nature of "getting better" and what that means. I have been thinking about this as a concept a lot lately and this offers a sense of reflection on "better"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat「キャット」

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

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    Melissa

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    Bernard

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Richards

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    Josh Young

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    Charles Benson

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    Aaron Dunbar

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    Juanica

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Rasmussen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shellina Nefelibata

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    Kristen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily Altman

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex Acosta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

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    Brooke Buxton

  24. 5 out of 5

    rk

  25. 4 out of 5

    library ghost

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris Frakes

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ame

  28. 5 out of 5

    cryptid jade

  29. 4 out of 5

    Raúl

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marilene

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