Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir

Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir

A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020

The funny, exuberant, inspiring antidote to body shame--a full-color graphic memoir celebrating the imperfections of the author's female body in all its glory.

Too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. The message is everywhere--we need to pluck, wax, shrink, and hide ourselves, to not take up space, emotionally or literally; women are never “just right.” Well, Ariella Elovic, feminist and illustrator extraordinaire, has had enough. In her full-color graphic memoir Cheeky, she takes an inspiring and exuberant head-to-toe look at her own body self-consciousness, and body part by body part, finds her way back to herself.

How does Ariella learn not to see herself as a never-finished DIY project, but to accept and even love the physical attributes society taught her to hide? How does a mirror go from a “black hole of critique” to a “who's that girl” moment? Essential to her journey is her posse of girlfriends, her “yentas.” Together, they discover that sharing “imperfections” and some of the gross and “unsightly” things our bodies produce can be a source of endless laughs and deep bonding. It helps to have a team with some outside perspectives to keep our inner bullies in check.

Charming and hilarious, full of empathy and candor, and gorgeously illustrated, Cheeky aims to inspire all of us to embrace our bodies, flaws and all, as well as our bodies' needs, desires, and inherent power.

Title:Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir
ISBN:9781635574524
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    Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir Reviews

  • Rod Brown

    I put this on hold at the library this up because I thought it was a graphic novel, but it's one of those in-between books: a heavily illustrated memoir with some pages just being a picture and others...

  • Elizabeth

    She tells it like it is. The illustrations can be a bit disturbing, but she went all out/shoved it in your face and 100% accomplished that. 3.75 stars for the message. I love self love and think peopl...

  • Denise

    I am so, SO grateful that I went into a bookstore that had this book face out. Sadly, I’d never heard of Arielle Elovic’s “Cheeky” Instagram or blog before seeing this book cover, but once I p...

  • Kelly

    With the caveats that Elovic herself notes that she's cis, white, and Jewish, this comic about learning to accept -- maybe even love -- one's own body is a delight. The art is fun and fresh, with a br...

  • Sally Austin

    A body positive graphic novel with awesome artwork that talks about difficult topics regarding women's bodies. Overall, it was an okay book. She's a fabulous artist, but as a writer she could use some...

  • Joanne

    Cheeky for sure! This one’s an ode to body positivity, self acceptance and to the friends who help you get there. The art is raw and hilarious. Truly original. And maybe it’s just my penchant for ...

  • Zoe

    I wish I had this book when I was 13, but better late than never! From periods to farts Elovic talks and illustrates her way through knowing her own body in a super relatable, super unabashed manner. ...

  • Karla Strand

    This book is super fun, super gross, super funny, and super relatable! Thanks to Ariella Elovic for writing and illustrating it! If I’d had this when I was younger, I wonder if it would’ve taken m...

  • Lauren Nippoldt

    I absolutely love this book for its honesty, wit, and empathy towards experience. I highly recommend it for anyone with a good sense of humor and for those who want to cultivate a new relationship wit...

  • Jenna Ferman

    I read this whole book in one sitting. Absolutely loved it. Wish every girl had/has/will have this book in their teens and beyond. Gift it to the girls and women you love! ...