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

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  132 Ratings  ·  48 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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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)
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.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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.
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.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2017own, arc
I just felt very very seen in this book.
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
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
Shayna Ross
A self-help book mixed with the author's tales of dealing with intense depression and anxiety since her teenage years. With simplistic drawings, Beth Evans focuses on dictating a personal tale and throwing in kind words and thoughts one should keep in mind when dealing with troubling things in life. I have not dealt with depression and/or anxiety, so I don't know exactly how useful this book is for an individual suffering from these particular mental struggles - much of the words were repetitive ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Library Thing in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Adulting can be so difficult...especially when you suffer from OCD and anxiety. Beth Evans uses humor and her cartoony comic art to ingest a little levity on a topic that's actually quite serious and not often talked about with seriousness. From the description and the title of the book, I thought this would be a fun jaunt through the misadventures of living an adult life and the dilemmas that can ari
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
*received an ARC for review*

I think I've run across Beth's comics online, but I didn't know she was writing a book. I enjoyed it overall, but I think the layout itself needs an overhaul. Stories would be completely sidelined with multiple pages of comics that usually started out related, but moved to another topic. By the time I got to the next part of the writing, I'd forgotten what the story was about.

I appreciate all of her talk about accepting yourself and not hating yourself for not knowing
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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 i
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Preface: I received an ARC of this through a Goodreads giveaway.

I went into this expecting more humor mixed in with the challenges of adult life and mental health. (The back of the book compares it to Mindy Kaling and Hyperbole and a Half.) Ultimately, I think it's best to view the book as a self-help memoir.

Though it is not being marketed as such, it seems like it would be a good read for teens/young adults because it's a quick read due to both the multitude of drawings and simple language. Th
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since this was a short book, I finished this in 3 days and I thought this was a cute little story/comic. It almost feels like the author is speaking from my mind because I related to so much as to what she mentioned in her book. Since I suffer from anxiety, and even depression, her tips and her experience put me at ease knowing that I’m not alone. There are others out there who feel and deal with the strugglers of having anxiety.

This book also had a few parts where I ended up laughing out loud,
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish someone would have given me this book when I was a young adult because the life lessons that Beth Evans talks about are lesions I have learned threw hard fought experiences. I’m planning to pass this along to my Gramma to read because even at 60 there are lessons about mental illness that she is also learning to deal with, which goes to show you never stop learning. I love this book! Thank you Beth for sharing your experiences!! Like you said about Rush, it really helps knowing someone yo ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Things aren't always perfect, but I'm here. I'm better. I'm me."

I originally picked up this book because of how much I love Beth Evans. Her miniature comics always relate to how I feel. Despite her disclaimer at the beginning, this did feel like a self-help book. It tells her story with heart-wrenchingly accurate drawings about a variety of topics (especially depression). If you have the time, this is a worthwhile read. you won't regret it.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. The art is fun, relatable and quirky. The story is like a friend telling a few stories about her life-- broken up with images that relate to what she's saying. Personally for me at times I was more focused on the art story that I forgot what the words of her story was because the images can right in between her words-- usually taking up a full page or two-- it was a little distracting.
Overall, it was enjoyable and relatable.
Matthew Noe
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Feeling wholly and completely understood by people who don't know you personally is a very powerful thing. Oftentimes through songs, books, and movies, we are reminded that our feelings are universal and we're not alone in this life."

I love this quote and thoroughly enjoyed this. The comics are great but there are times the layout of the book makes it hard to read.
Joana Catarina
"But the good news is that you get to create your own definition of progress and success. Maybe it’s that you went to a doctor’s appointment or convinced yourself not to look up so-and-so online. Either way, a step forward is good, a step backward isn’t the end of the world, and keeping both feet on the ground is great—sometimes that’s actual progress."
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I knew I would love this book, but I didn't realize I would love it SO MUCH. Can I just say a huge "YES" to this whole book? I needed to read this, and will definitely need to revisit it. You should read it - it's incredible, I love it.

Thank you so much, Beth! Many tears were shed at "oh my god someone gets it-this is me-I needed this" moments <3
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