The Dark Matter of Mona Starr

A Graphic Novel



ISBN: 9781419742002 Categories: ,

Laura Lee Gulledge


Eisner Award–nominated author Laura Lee Gulledge’s The Dark Matter of Mona Starr isa bold and original YA graphic novel about one teen’s battle to understand her mental illness—and find her creative genius.

Sometimes, the world is too much for Mona Starr. She’s sweet, geeky, and creative, but it’s hard for her to make friends and connect with other people, and her depression seems to take on a vivid, concrete form. She calls it her Matter.

The Matter seems to be everywhere, telling Mona she’s not good enough and that everyone around her wishes she’d go away. But with therapy, art, writing, and the persistence of a few good friends, Mona starts to understand her Matter and how she can turn her fears into strengths.

Heartfelt, emotionally vulnerable, and visually stunning, The Dark Matter of Mona Starr is a story about battling your inner doubts and fears—and finding your creative genius.

“This immersive portrayal of a sensitive teen learning to live with mental illness will earn nods of recognition from readers coping with anxiety or depression but will also resonate with young people facing any fear.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Additional information

Weight 497 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 7 April 2020
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22.9 x 25.4 cm
Weight 497 g


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Laura Lee Gulledge is the author of the graphic novels Will & Whit and Page by Paige, which was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award. She is also a teaching artist as seen through her interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.