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Published March 16th 2023
Debbie Tung shares positive messages about mental health
Everything Is Ok Debbie Tung Book Review
Debbie Tung. Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Everything Is Ok is a graphic novel memoir that was written and illustrated by bestselling author Debbie Tung. It is 208 pages long and was published by Andrews McMeel on 27 September 2022. Debbie Tung is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Birmingham, England, with her husband and son. Tung draws about her everyday life and has published three graphic novel memoirs about her life experiences Quiet Girl in a Noisy World (2017), Book Love (2019), and Happily Ever After (2021).

Everything Is Ok Debbie Tung Book Review
Debbie Tung is open about her fears and worries in Everything Is Ok. Photo credit Debbie Tung and Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Everything Is Ok tells the story of Debbie Tung's struggles with anxiety and learning to live with depression. It is a heartbreakingly honest book where Tung shares her darkest thoughts and tries to provide some positive and uplifting messages to anyone who might be struggling with their mental health or trying to get through a difficult time in their life. Everything Is Ok received positive praise from readers and critics and was nominated for Best Graphic Novel and Comic in the 2022 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Everything Is Ok Debbie Tung Book Review
Debbie Tung's use of colour in Everything Is Ok is an excellent reflection of her emotional and mental state. Photo credit Debbie Tung and Andrews McMeel Publishing.

I really enjoyed this book. It was an emotional journey from start to finish. Tung pours her heart and soul into every single page. I love how much emotion she puts into her illustrations. I found her illustrations to be very relatable. When she is feeling depressed, she draws herself in black and white, and her world is without colour. When she has negative thoughts, she sometimes draws herself with a black scribble above her head, or being followed by a big black shadow with a scowl on its face.

What I really liked about this book was the positive message of hope in it. After Tung starts working on improving her mental health, you start to see splashes of colour appear on the pages. Tung uses colour to express hope. On one page a black washed-out sky slowly brightens with streaks of blue, purple, and pink and twinkles with stars. On another page, Tung decides to paint a dark cloud hanging above her with lots of different colours to make it more cheerful. A dark sky filled with rolling black clouds breaks apart and a rainbow appears. Tung is not defined by her mental health struggles. Her message to her readers is to be kind to yourself. The dark clouds won't last forever.
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Why? Bestselling author Debbie Tung shares her experiences living with depression and struggling with anxiety in her graphic novel memoir Everything Is Ok
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