Sunday, March 6, 2022

Barely Functional Adult: It’ll All Make Sense Eventually by Meichi Ng


When I heard about the concept of BARELY FUNCTIONAL ADULT, I felt personally attacked by the premise-- in a good way. Adulting is hard sometimes, especially if you're feeling depressed, have just switched careers, are struggling with impostor syndrome, or are in the middle of overcoming some sort of personal hurdle. This graphic novel essay collection covers all of that and more, with charmingly simplistic doodles reminiscent of Allie Brosh.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, especially the introductory essay about her pet dwarf frogs, and the essays about the difficulty of making friends as an adult and realizing you're getting older and therefore aren't as "cool" or fun. I think there's a lot to relate to in this book and for the most part, I found it quite charming. I just wish there had been a little more humor and maybe the stories were a bit more personal. Meichi Ng makes some very interesting connections about the universe and it would be cool to get more insights into her mind.

4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars

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