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Flawed

A comic by Andrea Dorfman.

Andrea Dorfman

In Flawed, author Andrea Dorfman tells the true story of how she falls head over heels for Dave, "the nicest guy in the world." But she is conflicted about her feelings for her new love. He's a plastic surgeon; she hates plastic surgery and its power to make people feel flawed.

Dorfman joins Dave in the operating room to watch him fix a man's badly injured hand. She sees for herself the difference between plastic reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Dave truly is an artist. She knows she's falling in love. But when Dave performs a cosmetic surgery on a healthy boy so he won't be teased at school, Dorfman questions everything she thinks she loves about him. Her discomfort with Dave's decision to operate on the boy sends her on a journey of self-reflection that forces her to confront her own fears about the way she looks. She feels flawed. (From Firefly Books)

How Andrea Dorfman's nose inspired Flawed

"When I was a teenager, as I say in the book, my nose got bigger and bigger from my point of view. A few people teased me and I started to feel deeply insecure about it.... I was 13 or 14 years old at the time, just at the height of our own insecurities about what we look like.

I'm happy that my big nose was the impulse behind telling this story.- Andrea Dorfman

"I think everybody's an individual and every situation is very specific. Some people with what would be deemed as a flaw can cope with it a lot better than somebody else. We all have different levels of sensitivity. But I'm very happy I didn't have a nose job. I'm happy that my big nose was the impulse behind telling this story."

Read more in Andea's interview with The Next Chapter.

From the book

An interior spread from Flawed by Andrea Dorfman. (Andrea Dorfman/Firefly Books)

Interviews with Andrea Dorfman

Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman turned her emmy-nominated documentary Flawed, into a graphic novel of the same name. She talked to Shelagh Rogers about what inspired the story. 8:55

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