Source: From Netgalley and Animal Media Group in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Animal Media Group, LLC.
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett’s critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better is her first book of cartoons.
A friend of mine recently let a guy go, it was only after a few dates, she wasn't feeling it - but he kept trying to get more info out of her about why. We started coming up with things to tell him to let him down easy and not so easy and then another friend suggested writing a book - funny enough I found this one a few days later, laughed my head off and then sent a cover shot to the friend. All that being said, I was excited to have found this and for some reason I thought it would be funnier. Maybe I was in the wrong mind-set.
The book is stories about break-ups and how bad they were with illustrations by Hilary Campbell. It all came about after a nasty break-up that she had and eventually she drew a picture and it made her laugh and she was hoping to do the same for others in the same situation. I think this is a great idea, if you are down, I think reading about other peoples misery and seeing these images would be uplifting. Sadly for me, in the place I am at in my life, it was only ok. A few of the stories made me laugh, and I think that says good things, but I was expecting it to be more over the top and that is completely my fault, not the book's fault.
If you are going through some sh*t, this book would be a great read, it is entertaining and it might even make you feel better. If everything seems ok, it might be a bit of a downer - and that is how I felt about it.