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Give Me Space But Don't Go Far - by Haley Weaver (Paperback)

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  • A tender, funny, illustrated memoir about anxiety and self-acceptance from the artist behind @haleydrewthis Anxiety has been glued to Haley Weaver's side since she was a child.
  • About the Author: Haley Weaver (@haleydrewthis) is an illustrator and writer whose work focuses on mental health, relationships, and selfhood.
  • 336 Pages
  • Self Improvement, Anxieties & Phobias


About the Book

"Ever since Haley Weaver was a child, anxiety has been at her side to remind her about what-if and worst-case scenarios, kind of like a bad houseguest who can't read a room. Like most people, Haley saw her anxiety as an obstacle to happiness-she wanted dump it at her therapist's office, or send it on trip far, far away...anything to be rid of it. But what Haley slowly began to understand is that anxiety isn't just an annoying visitor; it's who she is and it keeps her safe, so she might as well deal with it with some love and humor. This full-of-heart illustrated memoir stars Haley and Anxiety (as themselves) and brings to life their complicated, but ultimately uplifting relationship over time. It also introduces readers to the bad and good coping mechanisms Haley has relied on to soften the edges of her anxiety-The Liar, The Distractor, The Partier, The Compartmentalizer, The Writer, and more-and who have also played major co-starring roles. From adolescent slumber party truth-or-dare games gone wrong to big and terrifying life transitions she navigated as an adult, Give Me Space But Don't Go Far takes readers into the pivotal moments of Haley's life and illuminates the lesson she's learned: with care, practice, and sound strategies we can learn to co-exist with (and even love?) our anxiety and find peace. For the anxious among us, Give Me Space But Don't Go Far will feel like the comfy-cozy weighted blanket we all sometimes wish we could crawl under"--

Book Synopsis

A tender, funny, illustrated memoir about anxiety and self-acceptance from the artist behind @haleydrewthis

Anxiety has been glued to Haley Weaver's side since she was a child. Like most people, Weaver saw the constant what-ifs and worst-case scenarios that Anxiety whispered in her ear as an obstacle to her happiness. Maybe she could dump her anxiety at her therapist's office, or send it on a trip far, far away--anything to get rid of it for good. But over time she realized anxiety's true intention: to keep her safe. Could she learn to let it do its job but also figure out how to live without constant worry and fear?

This full-color, illustrated memoir stars Haley and Anxiety (as themselves) and showcases their complicated but ultimately uplifting relationship. It also introduces readers to the helpful (and not-so-helpful) coping mechanisms Haley relies on to soften the edges of her mental health issues. There's the Distractor, who wears a bright red boa and encourages Haley to avoid uncomfortable feelings by scrolling the Internet, the Liar, who teaches Haley the pillars of a good fib in order to survive at the middle school lunch table, and even the Partier, who gives Haley a social life in college but also lands her in the ER. From detailing her first unsupervised birthday party as a preteen to exploring the overwhelming life transitions as an adult, Give Me Space but Don't Go Far brings to life the pivotal moments of Haley's life and illuminates the lesson she's learned: With care, practice, and sound strategies, we can learn to coexist with our anxiety--and maybe even love it.

Review Quotes

"Every illustration from the brilliant, soulful Haley Weaver is like a big scoop of peanut butter ice cream: the kind of satisfaction you never knew you needed. She speaks directly to your inner child, but with a perspective that's necessary for adulting. This book is a must-read for anyone who struggles with their internal voice versus their outside persona, which is a struggle we probably all thought was 'just us' until Haley normalized it! Thank you, Haley, for your compassion, and for seeing us as beautiful just as your drawings are. What a perfect gift for anyone who's embarking on a new adventure, whether tiny or enormous."--Mari Andrew, New York Times bestselling author of Am I There Yet? and My Inner Sky

"Haley Weaver deftly uses the comics format to present a range of characters as simple shapes - herself, other people, and a chatty range of coping mechanisms--allowing her to present heavy material with sweetness and humor. The Anxiety character, an insightful, nervous little black cloud, fights to be heard, and ultimately, the author learns how to live with - and even appreciate - his persistence."--Ellen Forney, New York Times bestselling author of Marbles

"Give Me Space but Don't Go Far is as vulnerable as it is adorable, and deceptively cute for all its poeticism and profundity. Perfect for any recent graduate or young person struggling with anxiety, this book will teach you how to shine a warm light on the parts of yourself you most want to obscure in darkness."--Erin Williams, author of Commute and coauthor of The Big Activity Book for Anxious People

"This book gives me all the feels! Like all of them: Give Me Space but Don't Go Far is hilarious, tender, smart, honest, painful, poignant, illuminating, and totally made me cry at the end. Haley Weaver has done what I thought was impossible: tell a deeply personal story of her relationship with anxiety through a fully realized and delightfully illustrated cast of coping-mechanism characters, each of whom personifies the sneaky ways our brains work for and against us. In doing so, Weaver educates and empowers readers to see their own anxiety as a relationship to be tended and managed with support, not feared. The clean and dynamic drawing style--with bodies shaped as hearts, scribble-blobs, and sun-glass-wearing rectangles--and hilarious speech bubbles and asides are a huge part of this wonderful book's disarming charm."--Kelcey Ervick, author of The Keeper

"What a relatable, honest, and engaging body of work. This book is a cozy and colorful reminder to be patient with ourselves and redefine anxiety's role in our own stories."--Danielle Coke Balfour, creator of Oh Happy Dani and author of A Heart on Fire

"A heartwarming and empowering reminder of the wisdom and care that's nested within our (sometimes scary and overwhelming) scribbly anxieties."--Ariella Elovic, author of Cheeky

"Sweet, profound, funny, and unwaveringly honest, this debut by Haley Weaver made me gasp with recognition, laugh with delight, and rethink how I relate to my own emotions. Haley has a knack for capturing the nuances and personality of her anxiety. And while no two peoples' experiences are alike, I found myself relating to this book at every turn. A must-read for anyone navigating their mental health, and hoping to understand themselves better."--Olivia de Recat, author of Drawn Together

About the Author

Haley Weaver (@haleydrewthis) is an illustrator and writer whose work focuses on mental health, relationships, and selfhood. Her illustrations have been featured on notable accounts and websites including Bustle, Betches, New York Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Bored Panda. She lives in Seattle with her partner and, of course, her anxiety.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.4 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Anxieties & Phobias
Publisher: Avery Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Author: Haley Weaver
Language: English
Street Date: April 16, 2024
TCIN: 89745337
UPC: 9780593539330
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-3109
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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literally incredible

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funtimes - 3 months ago
“Give Me Space But Dont Go Far” is truly a book that has changed me for the better. Looking to feel seen and heard in your anxiety? find it here. Looking for a cute, illustrated book that you will literally fly through? find it here. Looking for the sweetest author? find it here! This book deserves all the praise and more. I am incredibly honored to have been able to read it. I flew through this book, finding myself engrossed in the characters and the stories. The way Haley is able to tackle subjects that are typically “hush hush” is so incredible. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression myself, the way she tied it in with the ending loving yourself flaws and all is just so !!! I sobbed. Would 100% recommend this is anyone and everyone. Struggle with anxiety yourself? read!! Love someone who struggles with anxiety?? read!! Have a heartbeat?? read this book fr!! Thank you to Haley Weaver and Avery Books for my gifted copy of this book!
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