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I Really Didn't Think This Through: Tales from My So-Called Adult Life

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  390 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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 worl
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ebook, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Amalia Gavea
‘’Ugh, why do I have feelings? I’m the worst.’’

I won’t bore you with details on how good Evans’ writing is. That’s not the point although I can assure you that the way she talks to us is delightful and direct. What I feel is important is her bravery to share experiences that are difficult, bleak, painful with the readers without ‘’mourning’’ fate or accusing others, without self-pity or the fake arrogance of many similar memoirs. This is what made me appreciate Beth Evans’ book so much.

Beth ha
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Mel
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Thanks to William Morrow for the ARC!

In the same vein of Alida Nugent, a fellow young writer loving/hating her 20’s, illustrator Beth Evans presents a brief memoir of struggles she had growing up with bullies and feeling like she didn’t fit in and evolving into an anxiety-ridden semi-adult trying not to let her up and down mental health overturn her life. Alongside illustrations which lay out plans for success as small as making that doctor appointment or getting dressed or asking for help, this
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Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Completely relatable and enjoyable. Full review to come here and on my blog.
Alexandra
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
this was really cute. the cover illustration kind of reminded me of allie brosh's book covers and so i checked this out of my library, thinking it would include funny and irreverent anecdotes about being an adult who doesn't feel like an adult.

but actually, there was a lot of honesty here from the author. she spoke about her struggles with ocd, anxiety & self harm, she gave words of encouragement to people out there who are also suffering from these and other mental illnesses, and offered t
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Stefanie
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, non-fiction
I’m pretty sure I haven’t connected to a book so much until now
Laura
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I got this Uncorrected Proof from a coworker who had won it on Goodreads. I follow a bunch of Instagram illustrators, but not Beth Evans (but now I do), and flipping through it I could see her illustrations were included so I gave it a shot. Finished in two days (three reading sessions) and I enjoyed it a lot. As a person with moderate anxiety, I could relate to SO MANY of Beth's stories, including awkward social interactions, saying the wrong thing and internalizing it for days afterwards, bein ...more
Sarah
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I love Beth Evans and really enjoyed reading this. At points, it really felt like she got me and understood exactly what it’s like to be me. A great read! I definitely recommend to anyone who suffers from anxiety or any other mental illness.
mei
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kesukaan
I really didn't think that i will supeerrrrrrrrrrr enjoy this book.

rekomeeeeeennnn111111
Kyleigh
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Sydney
I didn't really know wha tto expect going in to this. It begins with casual "we all feel this way"-type experiences, but quickly evolves into the author reminiscing on her experiences with mental illness (specifically: depression, anxiety, and self harm). Evans really doesn't hold any punches, either, though at times her "words of wisdom" begin to feel repetitive.

The illustrations are simple, but still really interesting to the eye. Their placement was incredibly irritating- full page spread cu
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Ashley
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2017own, arc
I just felt very very seen in this book.
Milliebot
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This review and others posted over at my blog.

I won a copy from LibraryThung in exchange for my honest review.

A mix of simple comics and heartfelt anecdotes, some humorous and some serious, Beth Evans tackles some of the tough subjects of adulthood like being jealous of your peers, the struggles of dating, expressing your feelings and asking for help.

This book was cute and at times, touching, but I don’t think it’s one I’ll go back to.

I follow Beth on Instagram and enjoy her comics –
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
This book is so good...honest, raw and brave. I adored it from the first sentence. Within this book was so much more than advice and vulnerability, there are illustrations (adorable illustrations), humor and experiences we can all relate to. I know that this will be one of those rare books that I will read more than once because there is so much to absorb, learn and appreciate within this book. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is just beyond AMAZING! You will be in awe of Evans story and ...more
Amy
I like the art of Beth Evans; I follow her on Instagram. But, when I got this book, the title probably was apt. I'm just the wrong demographic for the subjects she covers in it. But, were I in my early twenties, it could have been more applicable. Bottom line, though, I still like the insights in most of her drawings.

My thanks to LibraryThing's early reader program and to the publisher for this ARC copy.
ozzy
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the coping mechanism differs from a person to another, this short graphic novel by Beth Evans describes how anxiety sabotages every second of your life. i really don’t agree with her strategies to improve one’s anxiety issues because one size doesn’t fit all; however, i do appreciate how she describes a detailed minute of someone who has constant obtrusive thoughts everyday. i enjoyed the illustrations.
Jenny Hull
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cute! Very easy fast read! Beth reminds me of a high school friend who passes you funny notes in between class. She is relatable and down to earth. Definitely recommend this fun read! Thank you for the free copy!
Grace
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was the loveliest, most reassuring collection of thoughts, feelings and pro tips on living with anxiety and 'adulting'.

*I had some issues with the formatting - the writing was often interrupted needlessly by the (excellent) drawings mid-paragraph, which made me lose my flow at times.
Gabby
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved this book. It was relatable and well written. It made me feel good to know that I'm not alone in not knowing how to adult. You should read it. Everyone should really.
Desiree
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't quite sure how well this would go over as an audiobook (which is the format I listened in), but surprisingly I really enjoyed it along with the PDF companion of the drawings.
Eriza Alica
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very Cool book ❣❣❣ I'm looking forward for her next books also ^^
Laura
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
so so so so good. super relatable. it's always nice to know you're not alone.
Becky
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome book! I really needed the relate ability crammed in with the humor. Seriously though, if you love Allie Brosh and similar bloggers turned authors grab this up.
Tamara
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's something so sweet and simple and perfectly vulnerable about Beth Evan's cartoons.

Favorite illustration: "Attention: I have made a mistake" (p. 121)
Kate
Wryly humorous look at anxiety, depression and surviving the horror that is life and the social situations it throws at you.
I'd say you would have to have experienced at least one of the above to relate to Beth Evan's musings and advice, but to be honest, who hasn't nowadays?
Interspersed with cute cartoons this would be a great book for M. H. book clubs or help groups, and definitely one to pass around.
Angel Hench
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I can see myself giving this book as a gift to friends who suffer from anxiety, depression and OCD. The drawings are darling and it's nice to know that others feel the same way as you.

An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
Ashley
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nonfiction
Note: This review is based on an ARC. Evans perfectly described, and illustrated, the struggles of young adulthood. From taxes, to relationships, to comparison via social media, she explores the struggles of growing up and finding ones place in the world. The illustrations are funny, not to mention relatable, and the prose in between is just as satisfying. Your life problems won’t necessarily be remedied by reading this book, but you will feel less alone in the silly things keep you up at night ...more
Deborah Lane
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute, comical and anecdotal in style. Sketches topical, but movement spazzy in relationship to comics. I get it was targeted to younger demographic than me, but appreciated the love thyself concepts. Recommended young adults and older.
Len
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received my copy via a Goodreads giveaway.
This book is a really effective combo of text and illustrations, and the tone really works: not totally snarky, but with just enough edge and self-deprecation to add some 'tang'. It's a really fun account of the 'semi-adult' lifestyle.
-RadioActiveBookWorm-
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis:
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—fro
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Zachary Houle
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beth Evans is an Instagram cartoonist who has a loyal following that’s in the hundreds of thousands. She’s also something of a naïve artist, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Her illustrations of people simply consist of upside down capital U’s with dotted eyes and a line for a mouth. If you think that’s cheating, well, I once talked to a professional cartoonist for a newspaper article I was writing, and he pointed out (and rightfully so) that people don’t read Dilbert for the art. They come f ...more
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