It Takes Guts

September 20, 2019
FROM LEFT: STEPHEN BLUE FOR TIME FOR KIDS; JOSEPH FANVU PHOTOGRAPHY

Author and illustrator Raina Telgemeier has guts. In her new graphic memoir, Guts, Telgemeier opens up about her childhood struggles with stomach problems. But the book, which is set during her elementary school years, is about more than a persistent upset stomach. Her tummy troubles are simply a starting point for a story about friendship, fear, and the twists and turns of growing up.

Ultimately, Guts is a hopeful tale. Telgemeier overcomes tough times by connecting with others. “We all have difficult things that we’re going through,” she told TFK. “It’s really great to open up and share your own experiences, your own thoughts, and your own feelings with other people.”