You’ve probably read Sarah Anderson’s comics online and found yourself head nodding in agreement or giggling one minute and feeling all the feels the next over her too true to everyday life illustrations. If that’s the case then you’ll love Sarah Anderson’s first book, Adulthood is a Myth.
Truthfully, I’ve only ever seen maybe one or two of Sarah’s scribbles but yeah… pretty much huge fangirl now. If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading one of Sarah’s comics, then let me fill you in on what you’re missing so you can get thee to Amazon ASAP and get a copy for yourself.
Who is Adulthood is a Myth for?
Gosh. Every woman I know really. Bookworms, introverts, introverted extroverts… I could go on.
Sarah, a millennial herself, captures both womanhood and girlhood life in such a fun and realistic way that I truly think women of every age can relate and identify with the daily life struggles that Sarah illustrates so simply and exquisitely in Adulthood is a Myth.
From the book:
This book is for the rest of us.
…dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas and wondering when, exactly this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardness of young modern life.
The book is a graphic novel meets semi-autobiography through images of Sarah’s life, her pets and her friends. She shares many of the raw emotions and experiences all women have when it comes to relationships, work, school, our menstrual cycle (oh yes, she goes there, but tastefully), self image, choices and decisions we make, life in general… even how we interact with social media.
As someone who has left her 20s and her 30s behind (tis true), I don’t agree that Adulthood is a Myth is for a young, modern person (that’s seriously my only gripe). I wholeheartedly feel this is for every woman who has emotions or gets dressed, leaves the house, eats, shops, or has friends.
I smiled, nodded, laughed out loud, snorted, and “OHMYGAWDMETOO” through much of Sarah’s book. This is a book that’s not just a glimpse into a woman’s emotions, but every anxiety, worry, hope, and fear in a funny and charming way. She lays out all of our reservations and inner thoughts through her hand drawn illustrations. A book like this couldn’t have been done any other way by any other illustrator.
Sarah particularly hooks me in her reflections on being a bookworm (the particular affinity for the smell of ink and paper – I DIE) and shopping adventures.
Sarah, it would seem, has hit an estrogen laden home run with Adulthood is a Myth and it couldn’t be more poignant or funny.
I realized that Sarah was one of my people (despite the 15+ year age difference) and I know if I could get a night away that we could be besties (or I could at least stalk her in a non creepy way).
All comics. All Awesome.
The entire book is 100% comic illustration and made of win. Entries include the struggle of going out in public when you really just want to stay home, love of pajamas, books, just being with the one you love, the perils of womanhood (oh yes.. she goes THERE).
I don’t read many graphic novels and let’s be honest, beyond Charlie Brown and the gang and Garfield, there’s not many comics I can identify with or even remotely relate to but Adulthood is a Myth has made me an instant fan.
I realized that Sarah is me, three-fourths of my friends, my nearly 17 year old daughter (who sat in a chair and read the book from beginning to end giggling and chuckling the entire time)…
So who is Adulthood is a Myth REALLY for?
Me. You. Every woman and young woman who feels like they don’t have their sh!t together in any given day.
I can’t recommend Adulthood is a Myth enough. If you need a gift to give to your best girl friend, Adulthood is a Myth is the one to get.
*Note: I am a registered reviewer on Netgalley.com I requested to review this book because it looked like a fun read. I was not disappointed.
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