Adulthood is a Myth
By: Sarah Andersen
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.
Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.
Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.
You may have seen a comic or two of hers at one point or another (this one in particular made its round in the book community some time ago). I can relate to a lot of the scenarios she’s drawn about so I was quite delighted to hear that she had published her comics into a book.
Anyway, what can I say about this book except go to the bookstore and pick it up ASAP! I was cracking up as I was reading it because a lot of it is my kind of humour (complete with flailing), but the observations are also quite astute, and in short I really do relate to a lot of what goes on with her comic heroine: about reading books, dealing with social situations, being an introvert (this I can reaaaaaaaaally relate to). But other observations are also just as clear, from social expectations, inequality, being a woman (and the suckiness which is being on your period), and just life itself and the realisations we learn along the way. Oh, and the craziness that is dressing appropriately during whichever season it is 😛
So yeah, Adulthood is a Myth: pick it up, enjoy its awesomeness! (and her sweater is fuzzy! I was most amused) 😀
On a final note, this is not in the collection but lmao forever (also cringing because I’ve done this a few times myself)