There are a lot of autobiographies of people who have grown up in dysfunctional families, but nothing quite like this. First of all, it is in the format of a graphic novel. Second of all, his story is practically beyond belief.
Since this story is impossible to discuss without giving away major plot points,
Being the son of a radiologist meant that David was regularly given “radiation therapy” for his asthma and sinus problems. Having had all of that radiation caused him to develop cancer as a teen. But, as if that is not bad enough, NO ONE TOLD HIM that he had cancer! After waking from a surgery that no one expected him to survive, David discovers that he has no voice because they took one of his vocal chords during the surgery. The mostly-wordless graphic format is the perfect medium for getting across David’s experiences and feelings, especially given the fact that he was literally living without a voice. A tough read, since you know it’s all real, but definitely worthy of all the praise and the National Book Award nomination.