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Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles #2)

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4/5

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Book releases on March 7th 2017.

*Taken from Goodreads*

Swimsuit season is coming up! Better get beach-body ready! Work on those abs! Lift those butts!

…Um, or how about never mind to all that and just be a lump. Big Mushy Happy Lump!

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.

I’m familiar with Anderson’s comics from spending copious amounts of time on the internet. This Facebook meme queen has w cute drawing style, with the most relatable situations I’ve seen. This book was cute, featuring a lot of comics I’ve already seen, but still find myself identifying with.

This collection was everything I expected it to be; heart-warming, funny, strangely poignant with the right amount of sarcasm. The only technicality I found was the random 10 or so pages towards the middle of the book that had Anderson’s own commentary. While I enjoyed her narrative I found it odd that it hadn’t been in the first 60-ish pages, and that the book didn’t end with her commentary. That all in itself was odd.

To summarize, this is the type of book you read to get out of a reading slump, or the one that you curl into a chair with while it’s raining. It isn’t challenging, and it could be a nice change from a heavier type of reading. Really, it seems to exist just for the sheer pleasure of it, and sometimes that’s all you need.

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