Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review - Big Mushy Happy Lump

Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles #2)
by Sarah Andersen
Date: 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Reading level: A
Book type: comic collection
Pages: 128
Format: e-book
Source: library

Sarah Andersen's hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.

In addition to the most recent Sarah's Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah's Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I know this is the second book in the series, but I figured that since it featured a series of comics, it wouldn't really matter. (It didn't).

For the most part, I enjoyed these. Andersen is very astute, putting into amusing pictures what many young adults are probably thinking. The little illustrated essays near the end of the book were also neat to read.

My one complaint was that there were a couple of comics that seemed to take cheap shots. One went after people who avoid gluten, implying that the only reason to do so is because you're a trendy millennial (which is kind of offensive to people who might have to avoid it for legitimate health reasons, such as celiac disease). Another seemed to bash people who ate organic. I can overlook these things, but they do make the author look a bit ignorant.

Overall, though, this was a cute collection of comics. It looks like there are at least two other books in the series; I'll probably read those, too, if I get the chance.

Quotable moment:

Writing & Editing: 4/5
Illustration: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 ladybugs

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