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Random House, Inc.
In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.

The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever she tries to climb out of the abyss, her own personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back in. The contest seems uneven, and it might be except for one thing: Anna’s strength of character has given rise to her deadly enemy. Ironically, it is that same strength of character that has the ultimate power to save her from the ravages of Tyranny.

Brilliantly and realistically presented, Tyranny is a must-read for anyone looking for a better understanding of eating disorders and for everyone looking for a compelling page-turner that is truly a story of triumph and hope.

Baker & Taylor
Pressured by media, friends, and fashion trends, Anna develops an eating disorder that controls every aspect of her life until she finally decides to get help.

Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780887769030
Branch Call Number: YA GX FAI
Characteristics: 114 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,20 cm.


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Jul 06, 2018

A newbie to the artform of the graphic novel, I was blown away by the impact of the illustrations in this story. The personification of an eating disorder in the hauntingly sketched and pervasively manipulative character of Tyranny is unforgettable. Fairfield shares a brutally honest and extremely personal look at the way anorexia and bulimia took over her life and the hope she found to take it back.

ksoles Sep 01, 2012

Lesley Fairfield's graphic novel depicts the internal struggle of Anna, a teenager fighting her self-imposed regime of starvation and purging. Though Tyranny keeps Anna thin, the demon destroys her health and her personal relationships and causes her to pose the question: "how did I get here?"

Illustrated with simple black-and-white drawings, "Tyranny" makes minimal use of dialogue in this honest and brave exploration of eating disorders. Anna visibly turns from a healthy girl into a dangerously ill young woman while Tyranny, an eerie, skeletal creature with bulging eyes, goads her on. Ultimately, Anna battles back and regains control over her life.

Though the graphic novel form sacrifices character development and plot complexity, Fairfield succeeds in conveying her central message of hope. The format lends itself well to the educational aspects of the story and gets to the heart of a painful subject with sensitivity. Most importantly, its clear and direct style has the potential to reach reluctant readers.

Dec 23, 2010

OMG i love this book. its so true I cant read a big novel about these topics but to see it in pictures it really helped!

Sep 01, 2010

Interesting format, poorly executed. Overly simplistic and underwhelming. A disappointment.

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Oct 02, 2010

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