I Really Didn't Think This Through

I Really Didn't Think This Through

Tales From My So-called Adult Life

Book - 2018
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"Did you ever wish your best friend— the person you would trust with your innermost secrets, the person whose wisdom and comfort you seek in times of stress or self-doubt— could draw? Like Mindy Kaling meets Hyperbole and a Half, I Really Didn't Think This Through gets at the heart of what makes life both so challenging and so joyful— figuring out how to be a person in the world. Armed with her beloved illustrations, popular Instagram artist Beth Evans tackles a range of issues— from whimsical musings to deeply personal struggles— in this imaginative anti-guide to being your own person. This book is a compendium of Beth's collected wisdom and stories, interwoven with her tremendously popular and loveable illustrations. The book is a wonderful mix of fun (playful meditations on the band Rush and international pen-pals) and thoughtful (Beth delves into her personal history with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression while commiserating on topics like dating and credit card shame) all with a simple candor that anyone from a teen to their grandparent can relate to. Through all of her experiences, Beth manages to extract valuable lessons, and the book is replete with friendly advice about caring for yourself, getting help no matter what your problems are, and embracing what makes you happy. Beth is a compelling storyteller, her drawings picking up where her words leave off, creating an approachable and immersive experience for the reader. Beth's work feels like a hug from your best friend. And like a best friend, she's here to say 'You got this!'" -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062796066
Branch Call Number: 817 Ev
Characteristics: xii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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May 24, 2018

Instagrammer Beth Evans guides the reader through her experiences with anxiety and self-doubt via an alternating narrative style of prose and comics. I was expecting (hoping for?) something akin to ‘Hyperbole and a Half’ (Brosh) or ‘Adulthood Is a Myth’ (Andersen), where the greater storytelling focus was on the art and personal narrative. The self-help aspect of the book rang somewhat hollow to this reader, and the book stumbled when it attempted to straddle the graphic novel and self-help genres, with awkward transitions in which the narrative was interrupted, mid-paragraph, by two or three pages of illustrations. Readers facing challenges similar to the author may find greater value.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.


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