Judging by the reviews, many, many readers see themselves in Sarah’s work. I completely understand, because I do too.
After seeing a friend’s glowing review (thanks, Amy[Other Amy]!), I had to give this a try. As a lifelong bookworm and introvert, I recognized many of my experiences put into cute visuals.
The artistic style is similar to that of Allie Brosch, creator of Hyperbole and A Half (review), a very clean line style of drawing that has its focus on the character with environment or props only if they are germane to the story. Nothing is extraneous. The semi-stick figure shapes have giant eyes with dilating pupils to demonstrate extreme emotion.
The observations are familiar to those of us who read, who worry about being a dork in public, and who endlessly replay awkward moments wishing they could go back and change. Many of the observations seem twenty-something-ish; the first time holding hands with a new boyfriend, the embarrassment of tampons falling out of one’s purse at inconvenient moments, short versus long haircuts, running into people from high school. Still, I enjoyed them and their sense of gentle camaraderie, although some of the moments felt a little farther away in my past. For instance, I no longer do this–or at least as often.
However, some things remain relevant, particularly those days I don’t want to Adult.
An entertaining volume albeit somewhat lightweight, both physically and emotionally. While it made me smile and chuckle, it lacked the emotional punch of Brosh’s work to push it to my 5 star level. Still, highly recommended for the bookworm in your life.