ARC Review: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic by Mariko Kikuchi

Title: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic
Author: Mariko Kikuchi
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: November 9th, 2021
Page Length: 144
Genre: Manga | Nonfiction | Autobiography
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A moving autobiographical manga about her father’s alcoholism that inspired a critically acclaimed live-action film.

Mariko Kikuchi tells the painful story of her father’s alcoholism and her own journey through guilt to understanding her father’s illness. She rejects the common belief that family members can and should be forgiven for anything they do, no matter how much harm they cause. This powerful, self-contained autobiographical manga began as a web series that went viral, and inspired a critically acclaimed 2019 film in Japan.


Thanks to Edelweiss and Seven Seas for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll admit, this was interesting to read. It’s exactly what it sets out to be – a autobiography about Mariko life and her feelings towards her father’s alcoholism. In manga style illustrations, we go through Mariko’s daily life and how her father’s alcoholism affects her daily. There were many points where I related to Mariko’s experiences, and others where I was amazed that she had experience that. With alcoholism, individuals and families experience it differently and although there are many similarities, there are also many differences.

It was a quick read and I loved the art style and how Mariko brought her life to the page. Like always I find it really difficult to review and critique memoirs/biographies/autobiographies, this is purely based off of my own enjoyment. If you enjoy a slice of life style memoir that explores the affects of alcoholism on families, then I think you’ll enjoy this. If you enjoy manga and want to venture into nonfiction than this a great option.

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