Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) by Lacy J. Davis

Ink in Water


Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release: October 1st 2017
Received: Net Galley
Warnings: Eating Disorders, Drug Addiction
Rating: 4 kitty rating


I received a copy of Ink in Water from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Ink in Water is an enormously stunning graphic novel full of pain, love, and recovery. Lacy J. Davis’ story comes to life with the help of illustrator Jim Kettner (and can I just say that I love his work?). Ink in Water is a truly unique and worthwhile read, even for those that have not suffered from an eating disorder (or any other form of addiction, for that matter).

Spoiler Warning

Warnings first: This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Ink in Water contains a lot of information, talking, and images of people struggling with eating disorders and drug addiction. Some people may be triggered by this, so I felt it was important to point out. The message is well intended, with the focus on recovery and healing.

I was truly touched by the openness and honesty presented in Ink in Water. I appreciate that Davis was willing to talk about her story in such a way; though I’ll admit that knowing this was a true story did make it a bit tougher to read (understandably so, since nobody should have to go through that). If you’ve ever wanted to try and get a better understanding of what a person can go through during addiction and recovery, this may be a good place to start (though keep in mind that not everybody has the same experience, and thus remember to listen to other stories when presented to you).

I think it’s really important for representations like Ink in Water to be read (or seen, depending on the media), as it helps generate a better understanding and empathy. I will always respect any artist or author that puts themselves on the line to reveal something as deeply personal as this. In Davis’ case, not only does she not shy from the blunt truths of her past, but she tells her tale in such a heartbreakingly beautiful manner. It’s impossible not to empathize with her.



About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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