The last two graphic novels I read in 2020 were lucky finds in my library’s Libby app collection. I first tried An Embarrassment of Witches by Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan, which was a fun read, and then picked up this one because I’ve seen it mentioned by many bloggers and vloggers.
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (illus.)
Sarah’s Scribbles, book 1
These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.
Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious. (Goodreads)
Adulthood Is a Myth is a highly relatable, humorous graphic novel about things we do in our day-to-day lives. It touches on awkward moments, embarrassing moments, silly things we do when alone, the worries and hang-ups we have about ourselves, which all add to the humor of the piece because of how it’s drawn.
This isn’t a story; instead, it’s a series of moments (I guess) in the life of the character, a young woman who lives alone with her pet rabbit and seems to be working toward a degree in art. So it’s semi-autobiographical. I kept calling the character Sarah.
There are many moments in the book that stood out to me, like showing the difference between written communication and verbal communication, especially if you hate speaking in front of a room of people; going on a huge cleaning spree because you’re procrastinating on something (I did this a lot when I had a paper due); the limitless depth of a woman’s purse — so many things in there, you get lost trying to find something, lol
It’s a very simple illustration style that makes me think of quick sketches — or scribbles — the author quickly jotted down. It’s all in black and white because it’s very basic, but it works for the book. It’s not supposed to be over-the-top and complicated, just a quick thing to look through and be entertained by, like comics in the paper.
A highly relatable, fun, quick read.
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I’d like to read more from the Sarah’s Scribbles collection.