Previewing Lee Durfey-Lavoie And Veronica Agarwal’s ‘Just Roll With It’ Middle Grade Graphic Novel From Random House Graphic

by Olly MacNamee

Just Roll With It is the debut graphic novel from writer Lee Durfey-Lavoie and the second graphic novel from artist Veronica Agarwal and out next week. It tells the story of Maggie, who’s starting at Middle School and just wants to get through it all. A story that “explores complexity of anxiety, OCD, and learning to trust yourself and the world around you.”

Writer, Veronica Agarwal, tells more:

“JUST ROLL WITH IT aims to open a dialogue about mental health for young readers and give them some terminology to help navigate talking about it. I was inspired by Svetlana Chmakova’s ‘Berry Brook Middle School’ series (Awkward / Brave / Crush) that highlights issues kids deal with but doesn’t belittle them. I wanted this story to be something that shows how a lot of us live alongside our anxiety, and that the end goal of one’s mental health journey doesn’t have to be ‘fixing’ yourself, but rather becoming the best version of you, anxiety and all.”

Durfey-Lavoie added:

“It was important for us to reflect the world we live in—from diversity of body size, race, sexuality, etc, to diversity of how we take in the world around us. We wanted to make characters that were serious, goofy, afraid, silly, and who reflected all the wacky and wonderful aspects of being in middle school. We wanted the book to reflect our own experience: that mental illness can be scary and difficult, but it isn’t insurmountable, and the ones you love can help you through it.”

“JUST ROLL WITH IT is about Maggie, an anxious girl who turns to her twenty-sided die whenever she feels unsure. As long as Maggie rolls the right number, nothing can go wrong… but what happens if Maggie rolls the wrong number? Perfect for fans of Guts and Real Friends, JUST ROLL WITH IT is the debut graphic novel from writer Lee Durfey-Lavoie and the second graphic novel from artist Veronica Agarwal.”

Just Roll With It is out Tuesday December 14th from Random House Graphics

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