I Really Didn’t Think This Through

Did you ever wish your best friend—the person you would trust with your innermost secrets, the person whose wisdom and comfort you seek in times of stress or self-doubt—could draw?

Like Mindy Kaling meets Hyperbole and a Half, I Really Didn’t Think This Through gets at the heart of what makes life both so challenging and so joyful—figuring out how to be a person in the world. Armed with her beloved illustrations, popular Instagram artist Beth Evans tackles a range of issues—from whimsical musings to deeply personal struggles—in this imaginative anti-guide to being your own person.

This book is a compendium of Beth’s collected wisdom and stories, interwoven with her tremendously popular and loveable illustrations. The book is a wonderful mix of fun (playful meditations on the band Rush and international pen-pals) and thoughtful (Beth delves into her personal history with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression while commiserating on topics like dating and credit card shame) all with a simple candor that anyone from a teen to their grandparent can relate to. Through all of her experiences, Beth manages to extract valuable lessons, and the book is replete with friendly advice about caring for yourself, getting help no matter what your problems are, and embracing what makes you happy. Beth is a compelling storyteller, her drawings picking up where her words leave off, creating an approachable and immersive experience for the reader. Beth’s work feels like a hug from your best friend. And like a best friend, she’s here to say “You got this!”

My Review

I liked Beth's fun sense of humor and look at life; especially "adulting". I think any adult wishes they were a kid or at least didn't wish to grow up so fast now that they are in the real world. It is not fun being an adult. Instead of monopoly money, you have real money but unlike monopoly where you can hide your money and come out the winner in the end, you may not have enough money to save due to all the bills you have to pay. Like the Destiny's Child song "Bills, Bills, Bills".

Than there is the endless loads of laundry and dishes to clean. I don't know which is worse. Also, nothing can prepare you for realizing that you have to fight  your own battles when it comes to killing bugs. All your dad will do is toss a can of bug spray down the basement steps. Beth does poke fun within the pages of this book with her illustrations and descriptions. Yet, I was hoping and expecting to laugh a lot. Overall, this is still an enjoyable read.


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