Flawed. Finished 6-16-20, 4.5/5, graphic novel, 88 pages, pub. 2018
National Film Board of Canada Collection
From the Emmy-nominated, PBS-aired animated short.
Flawed is a true story of self-acceptance, adapted from the Emmy-nominated film of the same name.
In Flawed, author Andrea Dorfman tells the true story of how she falls head over heels for Dave, “the nicest guy in the world.” But she is conflicted about her feelings for her new love. He’s a plastic surgeon; she hates plastic surgery and its power to make people feel flawed.
Dorfman joins Dave in the operating room to watch him fix a man’s badly injured hand. She sees for herself the difference between plastic reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Dave truly is an artist. She knows she’s falling in love. But when Dave performs a cosmetic surgery on a healthy boy so he won’t be teased at school, Dorfman questions everything she thinks she loves about him. Her discomfort with Dave’s decision to operate on the boy sends her on a journey of self-reflection that forces her to confront her own fears about the way she looks. She feels flawed.
Dorfman’s playful and colorful illustrations along with her deeply personal writing takes readers through the genesis of her self-image — from the carefree days of her childhood to the gut-wrenching awkwardness of her adolescence, and beyond. When she realizes that her negative self-perception is stopping her from being happy, Dorfman makes the bold move to accept herself as she is — imperfections and all. As Dorfman concludes, it’s our flaws that make us extraordinary. from Goodreads
I loved this quick graphic novel based on Dorfman’s real life. When do we start to think of our various body parts as flaws? For most of us it’s early on and the struggle to self acceptance starts with us thinking a different way about ourselves and our bodies.
The story and drawings are put together in a quality hardcover that you will want to share with friends or family who are going through issues with self love. After reading the book I watched the film short it was based on and thought I’d share the link. Tale 12 minutes and enjoy 🙂 Highly recommend both the book and the short.
6 thoughts on “Flawed by Andrea Dorfman”
This sounds like a book that should be required reading in elementary school! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll be looking for a copy and watching the film.
It’s not really a kids book, but at 9 Gage had no problem grasping the important parts and her art made it accessible to him.
Thanks for sharing, Stacy. I hadn’t heard about it but will check out the link to the film.
I hope you like it!
I like the idea behind this book. Now I shall look for it and/or the film.