Like a Big Girl

Original title: Comme une grande

Author: Reat, Maëlle

Publication Date:

March 2022



Original language and publisher

French | Payot & Rivages

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Graphic Novels & Comics

Like a Big Girl

Original title: Comme une grande

Author: Reat, Maëlle


A first book from a young author who managed to compress 10 years of her character’s life into fewer than 100 pages. A graphic novel that is both sassy and profound.

Marie is at her first job interview. That’s it, she’s a big girl now, a bona fide grown-up. And yet, every question the recruiter asks stirs memories from her childhood or adolescence. Thanks to Like A Big Girl’s short, highly dynamic scenes, readers sail through Marie’s life from the age of 10 to the end of high school: her parents’ divorce, the end of a friendship, an all-consuming first love, dreams of being a movie star, and more. Everything we experience contributes to making us who we are, meaning that in a sense, our childhood is never truly over. That makes Like A Big Girl a universal tale. In her first graphic novel (!), Maëlle Reat has achieved the feat of totally transcending everyday life. High-spirited, funny and touching, Like A Big Girl is a graphic novel that will make readers feel good.

Barely out of her teens, Maëlle Reat’s communicative energy and obvious knack for narration and snappy punchlines reflect tremendous talent. Her lively drawing style is instantly resonant, and each and every one of us – male or female – will recognize a friend, a relative or life itself in her characters.