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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 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!”          


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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 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!”          

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    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 ‘’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 has been through stages of OCD, depression, anxiety, self-harm. All are issues constantly faced by people of all ages. Issues that continue to grow but thanks to books such as this one, the taboos are steadily broken and no one has the right to say ‘’I didn’t know’’. Hiding the problem under the carpet according to the dictations of society must become a thing of the past. Evans has no ready answers. She narrates her story and focuses on the conditions that helped her overcome the difficulties at that given moment. She is honest regarding relationships within the family and the social environment and often stresses the fact that there are no miracle solutions. It takes much effort and toil and you’re never completely free from your demons but you need to acknowledge the problem, ask help and fight with the support of those who love you. And I feel that this is the most important lesson Beth’s experiences can teach us. The illustrations are delightful and poignant without destructing from the main purpose of the book. Many thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange of an honest review. My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    4.5/5 stars. This was not on my list but I saw it in the "New Non-Fiction" section of the library and decided it was up my alley. I love when that happens! :) "Feeling wholly and completely understood by people who don't know you personally is a very powerful thing. Often times through songs, books, and movies, we are reminded that our feelings are universal and that we're not alone in this life." Every chapter of this small book was extremely relevant to my life. I related to almost every wor 4.5/5 stars. This was not on my list but I saw it in the "New Non-Fiction" section of the library and decided it was up my alley. I love when that happens! :) "Feeling wholly and completely understood by people who don't know you personally is a very powerful thing. Often times through songs, books, and movies, we are reminded that our feelings are universal and that we're not alone in this life." Every chapter of this small book was extremely relevant to my life. I related to almost every word, and there really is nothing like knowing I am not alone in feeling these ways. That someone can feel almost the exact same way, be effected by the same scenarios in the same way... that's comforting in and of itself. Given that, I don't know that this book is really about adult life per se, but rather navigating adult decisions with the added hurdles of anxiety and depression. Evans does offer a lot of coping mechanisms which is always helpful and something else I really appreciated about this book. My only complaint is the layout of the text in relation to the illustrations (which are ADORABLE). In the beginning I tried to read the illustrations as I made my way through the text, but ended up just reading the text and going back at the end of each chapter to read the illustrations. It was genuinely annoying, which is why I shaved off the extra 1/2 star.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    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 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 quick read is a friend of anyone wondering if they’ll truly be accepted as an adult or get lost in stalking the success of former friends on the internet. Serious subjects made fun & accessible, I certainly recommend picking this up in May.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Completely relatable and enjoyable. Full review to come here and on my blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    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 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 tips and advice on how to make it through panic attacks and generalized anxiety and self loathing. i would absolutely classify this as a self help book and while it wasn't really what i was looking for at this point in time, i was really happy to read about her experiences and remember that everyone goes through some type of internal struggles during their lifetime, and that we are never alone. ♥ she also made me really curious about the band Rush & i'm excited to check out some of their music, as i don't think i've ever heard anything by them. (or if i did, i didn't know it was them).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    I’m pretty sure I haven’t connected to a book so much until now

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 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, being bullied and thinking it was my fault, etc. Its so refreshing to read that other people struggle with the same issues, especially when you don't have many friends with anxiety, or even the same kind of anxiety as you. I work in a high school library, and I am most definitely putting this book in our collection. I think the teens that read this will realize that even adults suffer from anxiety (even if we are better at hiding it) and its okay to feel that way. The ONLY thing that I didn't care for in this book was the formatting. Occasionally, an illustration (or up to three pages of illustrations) would be in between a sentence, so I would have to skip the pages of illustrations to finish the sentence, then flip back to read the illustrations. It wasn't awful, it just felt like I was being interrupted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    mei

    I really didn't think that i will supeerrrrrrrrrrr enjoy this book. rekomeeeeeennnn111111

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 cutting sentences in half, etc. - but I don't know if that will be changed/fixed in the official publication, as I received a proof. Otherall, it was relatable and interesting, but didn't really add anything to the conversation around being an "adult", and, due to it's subject material isn't really a cute gift to give someone. ~ I received an ARC through the bookstore I work at ~

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyleigh

    3.5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I just felt very very seen in this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Quiñonez

    Las personas que sufren de ansiedad siempre serán vistos como bichos raros, por más que la sociedad se empeñe en “normalizarlo”. Este pequeño diario nos involucra en lo más profundo de los problemas de ansiedad, lo humaniza y nos hace entender el calvario que se vive.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eriza Alica

    This is a very Cool book ❣❣❣ I'm looking forward for her next books also ^^

  15. 5 out of 5

    Milliebot

    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 – 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 – I definitely relate to her little blob who is insecure, lost, upset and sometimes ok. I mean, unless you totally have your shit together (like, for real), she must have a least one comic that will make you go, “Ah, dat me.” I enjoyed the comics in this book – her familiar blob character (I’m sure that’s not what she refers to it as, but I don’t know what else to call it) is back, but there are also some comics featuring a girl who I assume is Beth. If you’re a Rush fan, there’s even a whole page dedicated to them, with a drawing of the band. I also appreciated the deeply personal stories Beth decided to share, especially in the chapter about asking for help. It’s hard to critique someone’s personal experiences and anecdotes. Some were funny, some were relatable, some were sad or hopeful. In the end though, it’s not a book I see myself rereading. It was enjoyable, but neither the art nor the stories left me with a feeling of wanting to revisit them in the future. I have a friend who will give this book a good home. I do have an issue with the layout of the book – I don’t know if this is only present in the ARC, but at times her stories are interrupted by pages of her drawings. Sentences were cut off and sometimes there would be multiple pages before the thought continued. I prefer to finish a sentence before I move on to looking at something else, so I would flip forward to finish that, then go back to the art. Rather than feeling like the art flowed with the story or followed a thought, it seemed to interrupt it. Not a glaring issue, of course, but one that irked me. If you’re a big fan of Beth’s work, you’ll likely enjoy this. If you’ve never heard of her, but you enjoy mini-memoirs with art interludes, you might want to check this out – maybe from your local library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ozzy

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    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 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 as someone who is new to being a “grown-up”. I Really Didn’t Think This Through is an honest confessional; from heartbreaking to heartwarming stories, the book is filled with anecdotes about the author’s life that are sure to evoke emotion. This is a book I can imagine thumbing through on a bad day because of its mix of honest advice and encouraging sentiments.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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 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 ability to share her struggles and will relate and find ways to navigate this cray thing we call life!

  20. 5 out of 5

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    so so so so good. super relatable. it's always nice to know you're not alone.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hench

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Len

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Hull

    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!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Lane

    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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    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)

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