Sydney seems like a normal, rudderless 15-year-old freshman. She hangs out underneath the bleachers, listens to music in her friend’s car, and gets into arguments with her annoying little brother — but she also has a few secrets she’s only shared in her diary. Like how she’s in love with her best friend Dina, the bizarre death of her war veteran father, and those painful telekinetic powers that keep popping up at the most inopportune times.
After his first two critically heralded graphic novels, Celebrated Summer and The End of the FXXXing World (recently adapted into a TV show on the UK’s Channel 4 and soon to be streaming stateside on Netflix), Forsman once again expertly channels the teenage ethos in a style that evokes classic comic strips while telling a powerful story about the intense, and sometimes violent, tug of war between trauma and control. I Am Not Okay with This collects all of Forsman’s self-published minicomic series into one volume. It comments naturally on familial strain, sexual confusion, and PTSD in his usual straightfaced-but-humorous style, and firmly stakes his place among the world’s best young cartoonists.
"Forsman's conclusion exerts a continued, nagging pressure once the book is through, hovering on the edge of your consciousness like Sydney's power-monster. It may be the only way to wind up a story that lurches so unpredictably from the ordinary to the ominous." — NPR: Books
"A vision of what the X-Men mythology might be like for a mutant who never got that reassuring visit from Professor X. This rocky journey it is as insightful as it is brutal." — Vulture
"As with Forsman’s best work, it’s another troubling yet poetic exploration of young adults working through their mental pain via its physical projection." — Publishers Weekly
"Forsman’s ability to maintain the immediacy of Syd’s point of view without completely surrendering to it results in a complex piece of work and one of the most honest depictions of the emotional telescoping effect of both depression and adolescence." — The Comics Journal
"I Am Not Okay with This brings together teenage angst, PTSD, sexual confusion, classically retro visuals and telekinesis in one unmissable story." — Broken Frontier