Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you.
Author: Christina Burridge
Before I begin, I want to remind you that if you or someone you know are suffering from depression or any sort of mental illness, please find help. Those around you may not completely understand what you are going through, but there are professionals and programs in place to help you.
As I stated last week, this week’s book review is another classmate’s school project. This one is a graphic novel called The Hole, and honestly, it is a fantastic little book that shows someone experiencing depression.
The first thing that stuck out to me was the simple art style. The few graphic novels that I’ve read in my life generally have very elaborate art styles, which is amazing, but The Hole has very simple art work. It’s simple, but I really enjoy the simple look if it is done well. The focus of the book isn’t on the elaborate art styles or the beautiful colours. The focus is on the story.
In my experience, I haven’t read a lot of books where the main character is suffering from any sort of obstacles, whether thats physical or mental. Main characters might be poor, or have some struggles to go through, but they are generally well-off mentally and physically. At least well off enough to get by at first.
What’s fantastic about The Hole, is that the main character is experiencing depression. She tries to explain her situation to her parents, who don’t really understand what is going on, and tell her she is being lazy or she’s just upset about something.
From my understanding, that same message is the one that a lot of people who are experiencing depression go through.
“It’s just a phase”
“Stop moping around all day”
“He’s just got attitude”
“Just go out and do something”
“why don’t you go make some friends”
“She’s just upset”
“Get over it”
These statements may be true for some. Someone might be having a rough day, or experiencing a breakup, or a number of different things that might make them feel a little down, and these phrases might work.
At the same time, these phrases can be devastating to someone who isn’t just going through a phase, who isn’t just upset about a bad mark, who isn’t just upset about over a fight they had with their friend.
For someone who is experiencing depression, or many other mental illnesses, phrases like the ones above can be incredibly painful to hear, especially from someone you love.
The people you love and care about are supposed to be the ones to help you through all the tough times, be your shoulder to cry on, and hold you when you’re scared.
The Hole, in my opinion, is a fantastic representation of all of this. Liyana, the main character, is suffering from depression, and is having a hard time finding a job after moving back in with her parents. Her best friend Mikah, who is going through problems of his own, does his best to push his thoughts and feelings down to help Liyana.
For those suffering mental illness, I think this is a truth that hits home and hits hard. Sometimes it is easier to help others than it is to help yourself, and so we push down our own problems in order to help others.
Before I finish, I want to remind you that if you or someone you know are suffering from depression or any sort of mental illness, please find help. Those around you may not completely understand what you are going through, but there are professionals and programs in place to help you. If you don’t feel like reaching out to a professional, feel free to reach out to me. I may not be the best option but I am always willing to help.
If you might be interested in getting a copy of The Hole, let me know and I can arrange for you to buy a copy. It is definitely worth the read, and it sheds a painful but insightful light on those who are suffering from mental illness.