Comic Monday, Nonfiction

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

First Book in the Sarah’s Scribbles Collection

I will always read anything I find even mildly interesting if the author, or main character, is named Sarah, with an H. When I went to my first Winter Institute, the annual American Booksellers Association conference back in 2016, I found Sarah sitting at a table without any line and struck up a conversation. After I read her book that night, I went back the next morning and got copies for most of my bridesmaids because I just had to share it with them.

Synopsis

From the publisher marketing:
These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.

Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Sarah’s frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious, showcasing how she became one of the most influential voices in web cartoonists.

Review

It’s hard being a millennial and being an adult these days, especially as the world implodes in many ways around us. Sometimes you just want to curl up with some delightful web comics in book form, comics that celebrate being an introvert, cat love, and the woes of social interactions (which we shouldn’t really be having anyway).

Sarah’s Scribbles continues to be one of my favorite web comics, started by fellow millennial and fellow Sarah just over 5 years ago. When I need a smile, I look to her Instagram, or flip through one of her books (I have all three), or look ahead in my Sarah’s Scribbles planner, which I get every year. I find her love of autumn, and cats, and coziness, and her general life approach to be overwhelmingly relatable.

Last week I reviewed Fangs, which I was oddly upset with for following the same episodic structure as Sarah’s Scribbles. In my review, I felt like I wound up talking more about this book (and it’s two subsequent volumes, collectively called Sarah’s Scribbles) and I think it’s because Fangs was positioned more as a cohesive story and I felt misled. But Adulthood is a Myth is the perfect pick-up-put-down book as I call most gifty/humor books that we carry at the store. It’s a great collection for when you just want to escape, or maybe only have a few minutes and want to smile before moving on with your day.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Where to Buy
In the USA, I recommend purchasing through BookShop or your local independent, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers! Independent bookstores are vital parts of every local community and I wholly endorse supporting your local stores versus Amazon. Click the image below to add the book to your Goodreads TBR!

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