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Young Adult Nonfiction Social Topics

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

by (author) Lucile de Pesloüan

illustrated by Geneviève Darling

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Social Topics, Girls & Women, LGBT
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


A feminist manifesto in graphic novel form that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. 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.

About the authors

Lucile de Pesloüan began to publish her texts in the form of fanzines in 2012, which were distributed in alternative media as well as in traditional bookshops. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is her first book. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Oriented on feminist, queer or simply amusing subjects, Geneviève Darling’s illustrations are accessible, comforting and uncompromising. Her work tries to challenge heteronormativity and make queer relationships between women more visible. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is her first book. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Editorial Reviews

And the Hit Lit goes to What Makes Girls Sick and Tired, an illustrated run down of the most egregious discrimination, sexual violence, and sexist commentary targeting women young and old...Order this book by the dozen.

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User Reviews

Could be better.

I received an ARC from net galley in exchange of an honest review.
It made me sick and tired of reading “girls are sick and tired” throughout the book so the ending was rather refreshing, where the girls were not sick and tired. The book was what the title said, it tells of the events which make girls sick and tired. I would have preferred it if it was more detailed. This was just like skimming through facts I already knew the basics of. The illustrations were good, showing girls of distinct religions, races and culture but it would have been more engaging if they were not monochromatic.

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