Monday, November 19, 2018

Sarah's Scribbles

Reviewed by Ambrea

I originally saw Sarah Andersen’s work online, and I quickly fell in love with her comics.  Andersen is funny and witty and relatable, chronicling her life as a young adult thrust into the modern world without job experience, training, or a set career path—and student loans thrown into the mix.  Her series is about growing up, being an introvert with (ugh) responsibilities, loving pets, gaining life experiences, and, some days, snuggling under the covers because adulting is hard.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I stumbled across her books at the library.  She currently has three books in her “Sarah’s Scribbles” collection:  Adulthood is a MythBig Mushy Happy Lump, and Herding Cats.  Each one is a collection of thoughts, sometimes visual essays about dealing with life and chasing after one’s dreams.

Personally, I love the fact that Andersen’s comics are so relatable.  She deals with situations I’ve encountered in my own life, like using books as a means of escape when life is, well, less than ideal.

Or being trolled by your brain for no apparent reason.


Or figuring out how to be the coziest human being ever on a rainy day.

Or learning that routines are great—but warm laundry is better.

I absolutely loved reading “Sarah’s Scribbles.”  Once I read the first panel, I was hooked and I couldn’t stop reading; in fact, I finished both Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump over my lunch break, so I could read Herding Cats as soon as it arrived at my library.  The drawings are simple but quirky; the stories are funny, if sometimes exaggerated, but they connected with me on a visceral level.

Overall, the books are wonderful.  If you’re looking for an easy, lighthearted read—or just a good laugh while snuggled in bed on a dreary, rainy fall day—I highly recommend any one of the “Sarah’s Scribbles” books.

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