I got my hands on a copy of the most anticipated graphic novel of the fall on the day after it’s publication, and I breezed through it on my lunch break. Guts by Raina Telgemeir packs a punch. Great illustrations, a good story, and an amazing lesson about acceptance, the things we go through growing up, and more.

Guts is the story of Raina’s bout with stomach issues, anxiety, school stress, weird eating habits, et cetera. There’s a lot going on in this little book, but I think every late elementary/early middle schooler should read it. It’s got a LOT about bodily functions, but done tastefully, and it helps people understand they are not alone in their fears and anxieties. It helps normalize therapy for kids, talks about things like puberty a bit, and ultimately, it’s really wholesome and good and I’m already excited for the next book. I don’t even know if it’s been announced yet…dang it.

Seriously though, there’s a reason Raina’s books fly off the shelves. They’re so well done, both graphically and emotionally, and kids really resonate with her even though she’s clearly an adult reflecting on these experiences. I can’t wait to recommend Guts to kids experiencing stress or anxiety or bodily issues and wanting to know what others have dealt with.





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