Title: Big Mushy Happy Lump
Author: Sarah Andersen
Rating: 4.5 stars
Publication Date: 7th March 2017
Disclaimer: NetGallery kindly gave me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion
This is a collection of comic vignettes created by the author, Sarah Andersen. It’s done in the same style as her previous work, Adulthood is a Myth, from the perspective of a young woman as she deals with anxiety, stress, a carreer, relationships and other everyday things that make up adulthood.
Although I had never read a Sarah Andersen collection before, from the moment I saw the first drawings I knew who she was, that’s how famous her work is.
The way the author illustrated the book fitted in with the theme perfectly, they went past from scribbles to actually having a life on paper (or on screen, in this case) and the main character’s facial expressions added to how entertaining the collection was.
I related to almost every single vignette in the book, from being a curled-up ball of anxiety, to the way we spend our money (hint: a large portion of it goes towards building up our personal libraries) and also the importance of female friendship.
Interspaced with these almost biographical set ups were casual sattirical and hillarious strips. They made me laugh out loud at one in the morning much to my brother’s annoyance.
Towards the end of the book the author has written small textes explaining what had crossed her mind while curating this piece. I was not expecting to find this but was very pleased that she decided to include it alongside the strips she referenced, it added to the whole experience and made me feel more connected with the author (as if mentioning and discussing periods hadn’t already done that).
To say that I loved this book is an understatement. I devoured it whole in one single sitting while lying in bed after a terrible day of school. It comforted me and made me feel less misunderstood and any book that does this is worth gushing about. I highly recommend that you read it, preferably in one sitting because there is a sort of order and logic behind the way the strips are arranged. I will most definitely read more of Sarah Andersen’s works in the future!