Graphic Novel Reviews

Big Mushy Happy Lump

For the uninitiated, Sarah’s Scribbles is a webcomic series about an introverted and socially anxious millennial named Sarah. Her comics are wildly popular on social media and are well known for being relatable to many millennials.

β€œWhen someone doesn’t like being social, many people will assume it’s because they don’t like people. But that’s not necessarily the case. I’m often eager to at least try to engage; it just doesn’t always work out.”

I didn’t think I could like a comic collection more than Adulthood is a Myth but I honestly feel that Big Mushy Happy Lump improved greatly from its predecesor. This volume definitely contains some of Sarah’s strongest body of work, many of the comics were genuinely funny that had me smiling the whole time. There was also a good amount of social commentary peppered into various comics here and there that I appreciated.

The greatest improvement over the previous collection, however, was the newly added essays at the back of the book. All of them were humorous, but the essay about social anxiety and overthinking could actually be really helpful for young adults struggling socially.

Also I have to admit, the physical edition of this book is great because the lettering and the sweater on the cover are actually fuzzy. A silly detail, sure, but it’s one that I really like for the printed edition that made me happy.

Overall, if I were to recommend only one of Sarah’s Scribbles to a reader it would probably be this one. It’s a delightful comic series that’s just plain fun to read.



Title: Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles #2)
Author: Sarah Anderson
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Synopsis
Sarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.

In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

6 Comments

  1. YAY! I also read and reviewed this book recently. I love Sarah Andersen’s works — she has such a way to express complicated feelings with images. I also find that her comics and associated commentary helps me connect with a world of anxiety and depression I don’t understand.

    Have you read either of her other Sarah Scribbles books? I just picked up the third one, and I’m excited to read it. πŸ˜€
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    1. I have, I read the third last month and have a review scheduled closer to release date. πŸ™‚

      Good point about the connections to anxiety, her comics have helped me to feel better that someone else has had similar struggles or reactions to things that I’ve had.

  2. aahh, this is one of those books I’d LOVE to have physically. maybe someday. it really feels like it something that you can just open anytime and instantly feel better.
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    1. Agreed! I read the other two Sarah’s Scribbles on ebook but found it way more enjoyable to read this one with a physical copy, I forgot how much nicer it is to read a graphic novel in physical form.

  3. Evelina

    I’m really sad I missed this one while it was on NetGalley πŸ™‚

    1. I missed it on NetGalley as well, I found it at my local library though. πŸ™‚

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