What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired


By Lucile De Pesloüan and Illustrated by Geneviève Darling

Girls are sick and tired because sexism surrounds us.

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style, invites teenagers, regardless of gender, to question the sexism that surrounds us every day. It ends with the hope that with solidarity girls will hurt less, as they hold each other up with support and encouragement.

Distributed in the US by Orca Books

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About the Author

Lucile de Pesloüan began to publish fanzines in 2012, which were distributed by alternative media as well as traditional bookshops. Her writing is intimate, direct, poetic, and committed. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is her first book. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

About the Illustrator

Geneviève Darling’s illustrations' core topics are softness, connectedness, and the reclamation of space. Her work tries to challenge heteronormativity and make queer relationships between women more visible. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is her first book. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Praise for What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

“I got chills reading this more than once in the very short 52 pages. Definitely recommend to everyone, man or woman to refresh things you may already know but don't think about nearly enough.” - Shelf Awareness

"(A) great starting point for discussions about everyday sexism. No matter who you are, this short straight-forward book will make you reflect on how you feel about the oppression of women and what you can do about it. This book is perfect for grades 7+. " -Tinlids.ca

“A quick, thought-provoking read about issues that affect us all. The dynamic and minimalist design help drive home the message of this graphic novel.” - Noémi Viens-Poirier, Librarian at Ville de Montreal

“This short illustrated book offers reinforcement to every femme, girl, woman, and trans woman about living in this culture.” - Seema Rao, book blogger

“(A) very powerful and eye-opening graphic novel about women and feminism…it hopes to offer a wake-up call to everyday sexism and the other systems of oppression that women and girls are subject to across the world.” - Jennifer Lundin, Librarian at City of Scottsdale Library

“A book about the honesty of being a woman. A book about diversity. A book everyone should read. A book that makes me even prouder to be a feminist.” - Charlotte Hockey, book blogger

“Simply done, but very powerful. I am proud it will be on the shelf in my library.” - Teen services librarian

“This book may be small, but the discussions it can start are immeasurable. Definitely a book that teen and young adult girls would gravitate towards.” - Shelly Seward, blogger

“A thin yet quick read, it carries its worth in weight. Through a difficult topic, it carries open-ended ideas and facts, not pushing its beliefs onto anybody. It’s a book that can be universally appreciated.” - Jing M., Palmer Library Book Reviews

“I really like the presentation of these issues – the art and the topic would make for great discussions in class.” - Stephanie Tournas, Youth Services Book Review

Product Information

  • Release: March 04, 2019

  • $13.95 Paperback

  • 48 Pages

  • Young Adult Nonfiction

  • 9.25 x 7.5

  • Ages 12-18 / Grades 8-12

  • ISBN: 9781772600964


  • Sexism

  • Civil Rights

  • Feminism