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Big Mushy Happy Lump

(Sarah's Scribbles #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  25,597 ratings  ·  3,190 reviews
Sarah Andersen's second comics collection picks up right where the first left off - huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweater theft, and th ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
congratulations, 2017 goodreads choice winner in graphic novel & comics!!

oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best graphic novel! what will happen?

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this is both very similar to and very different from Adulthood Is a Myth.

thematically, much of the same ground is covered: procrastination, social awkwardness, the joy of comfortable clothes, the irritants that go along with being female, self image, and the bullying inner voice we all have that keeps our ego in check.

however, while
Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
Sarah Andersen is the "Queen of Relatable Humor". I laughed at every single page saying "Yeah, I can totally relate to this and this and this and......."

The way she has illustrated social anxiety and over-thinking is just superb. With her awesome sense of humor she has become my favorite author. Love her a lot!

I can't wait to get a copy of Big Mushy Happy Lump for myself and I am already waiting (eagerly) for the next one. Yes, yes, I am that greedy for her books!

Here are some of my favorite
It was good but nothing new. And I know it probably sounds strange because I could have said the same thing about the first book.
But before reading the first one, I knew that Sarah Andersen existed. I saw some of her work and I related to it. I still do. However, ever since reading her first book I started to pay more attention to her and realised that I was seeing her work everywhere and soon I got to know most of it.
But it is something that is slowly but steadily getting on my nerves. Authors
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
2.5 stars.

I know. I'm that mean heifer.
I love this author's work, but if I'm going to shell out my hard earned monies that I earn at a job I's got to be for some new work.
Not just a re-hash of stuff I've already seen.

For example:
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I do admit to thinking the above image is one of the most fantastical things ever, but to put it back in book two? Umm I'm not a fan of that.
There is plenty of wonderful in this one..
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I'm still going with being a hater and liking her first book way more.
Andy Marr
Oct 02, 2022 rated it liked it
Just like Adulthood is a Myth, this was pretty funny and very relatable. However, the subject matter, the cartoons and the jokes were so similar to those in Sarah's Scribbles #1 that I think the two books would have been better condensed and then combined into a single volume. ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction
I didn't like this book as much as the first. I didn't find myself relating to as many of the comics, and some I just didn't get at all. Maybe I'm not the right demographic? ...more
Elyse Walters
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Has anyone ever told you that sometimes, maybe, you can be......"


"No Baby"


Sarah Andersen's scribbles collection is ADORABLE!!!!
and hilarious, for both men and women of all ages.

Life can be messy, and painful. Sarah Andersen is sweetly funny and moving....
filled with with "personal essays on Sarah's real-life experiences".....with adult challenges!

Completely Lovable!!!

Thank You Netgalley. Andrews McMeet Publishing, and Sarah Andersen
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was mentally and emotionally spent after having read Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, so this comic collection fit perfectly for my need of something light and easy to cheer me up. I also found Big Mushy Happy Lump a lot more enjoyable and relatable than Andersen's previous collection, so that left me with an ever bigger smile plastered on my face.

Sarah Andersen's second collection picks up right where the first left off–huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real wor
daph pink ♡
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, this? This old thing that’s happening here? Not remarkable at all. Not crazy.
Just me relating over another Sarah Anderson's book.
Dave Schaafsma
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-women, gn-psych
Second collection of Sarah Scribbles, more of the same, funny, light, focused on her introversion, lack of self-confidence, social anxiety, body image, guys vs women. . . . her life, basically. Some pieces on art. I smiled throughout, sometimes laughing aloud. Adorably self-deprecating.

You don't know who this is? Here's some of her stuff:
Nostalgia Reader
Precious fuzzy book. <3333

The "I Don't Know How to Be A Person" story is gold.

Also, yes, this does contain many comics that Sarah has published on her blog and have inevitably made their way around the interwebs. But I honestly don't care that I'm paying for already published stuff, as these are life right now, and I want to have access to them on screen as well as off.

Pre-release fangirling "review" here (the one y'all liked a lot):
(view spoiler)
Megan Hoffman
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
After reading Sarah Andersen's first book of comics, I couldn't resist checking this one out. Luckily, it was just as cute as the first one and just as enjoyable.

If you enjoy those cute, relatable comics that everyone seems to enjoy sharing on social media - you MUST check this out. Every one of these had me giggling and appreciating Sarah Andersen's humor. Not to mention, the artwork is so well done in it's simplicity and there's really something for everyone to enjoy.

I mentioned in my review
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Probably more of 3.5 stars, but I’m feeling generous. I love how endearing she makes introverts seem, and it makes me feel like I’m not alone in my quirks! I loved the part of the cat Sadie the best, mostly because I’m such a cat person.
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Sarah Andersen, I love your drawings!


I could say that it feels as if she can crawl inside my head and see my most intimate thoughts and frustration. But I see many other people feel the same way. So I want to thank Sarah for showing me that there are other people such as myself out there. And I hope that she will publish many more Sarah's Scribbles books/comics.


*I thank Sarah Andersen, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Reading_ Tamishly
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is so damn funny. But real👍 Re-reading this for the second time still makes me happy. The thoughts and the illustrations are so damn relatable. It's is like my secrets getting revealed slowly and hilariously. Adult life sometimes does not feel real and this collection represents so well what we as adults feel.
A perfect representation of adults being adults so damn perfectly human and expressing our innermost thoughts!
Loved it!

Bingereading Sarah's scribbles is ALWAYS WORTH IT✨
Ahmed  Ejaz
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, graphic-books
WOW! Again I am amazed how she has created humor out of real life situations. Adulthood is a Myth was also a relatable and humorous read. And so was this one. Another thing I liked about this comic is that, this time Sarah wrote personal essays on 'mostly she doesn't like popular things' and 'how she came to love cats' and 'her being a sweater theif'. Last one was uniquely weird. But I liked that too. :p
All in all, I highly recommend both, this one and Adulthood is a Myth. You will love them bec
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Oh, Sarah Andersen. I love you the way Californians love avocados.

I've been purposely putting off reading my ARC of this book. Not because I thought it was going to be bad, mind, but because I enjoyed ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH so much that I wanted to savor the anticipation of reading this book because I knew it would be at least another year or more until Andersen published a new one. That can't be too weird, right? Surely I'm not the only pe
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5 Stars

Not as funny as the first book, but wasn’t that bad. Just wasn’t really great like the first one!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: written-by-women
I love these books. Sarah's Scribbles are short, witty, and hilarious. While I don't have social anxiety ( I just hate people and enjoy solitude) I do understand her battle with over thinking everything and her epic battle against her ovaries. While not as great as book 1 I still found myself giggling and nodding in agreement. Plus boyfriend sweaters are way more comfortable than your own. Highly recommend The Sarah's Scribbles collection.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge: Book with an Eccentric
Montzalee Wittmann
A book to bring a smile to my heart

Sarah knows how to make her art express the everyday life trials in a funny way yet with truth! Her art is fun and heartwarming and I can't help smile at the crazy antics she draws. Another winner of a book! Loved it. Will read it again before returning it to the library. Great fun!
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I freaking love these books
Scarlet Cameo
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
English review at the bottom

Cuando leí Adulthood Is a Myth nunca había visto nada creado por Sarah Andersen, ese fue mi primer acercamiento con su obra y puedo decir que me gustó mucho y continué, de vez en cuando, siguiéndole la pista a los post en Facebook que ella realiza, es por ello que para este libro muchos de los cuadros ya no se me hicieron novedosos o fascinantes, de hecho conforme conocí un poco más el trabajo de Andersen muchos de ellos terminaron cayendo de mi encantó, no obstante h
Cute, relatable, and short, Big Mushy Happy Lump is the second installment in Sarah Andersen's comic series of personal essays titled: Sarah's Scribbles. Although I've seen shots from this book on the internet every now and then, this is the first time I've actually opened the cover of Andersen's work. Overall, I liked it. Many people can relate to the life issues threaded throughout these nonfiction comics. I think since the internet tends to showcase mass favorites I just assumed the whole boo ...more
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Sarah's comics so much and have read them for ages. Finally convinced myself to buy her new book and I'm so happy I did. I laughed out loud so many times, and so strongly relate to everything she does. I know I'll pick this book up and flick through it whenever I need a smile. If you're introverted, shy or deal with anxiety, I think you'll find a lot to relate with here. ...more
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]
Again, a super early christmas present from my wonderful boyfriend.

I loved her frist book and I'm also in love with her second book.
I will continue reading every comic she makes. You can't stop me! :D

Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I relate to this comic book on a spiritual level.

It was very funny, awfully adorable and really enjoyable.
Sam Quixote
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2017
Sarah Andersen follows up her Goodreads Choice Award-winning book Adulthood is a Myth with Big Mushy Happy Lump, which is essentially more of the same - if it ain’t broke, eh?

Andersen’s strips are humorous and self-deprecating snapshots focusing on her insecurities, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, social awkwardness, period pains, and general self-loathing (procrastination) couched within drawings of cute big-eyed/small-bodied figures.

That might sound a bit too neurotic but Andersen turns
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has gotten a lot of hype and I wondered if any of it was justified. It is. The art is simple and adorable while hitting so many issues right on the head. Of course I loved the panels we’ve all seen so many times of the heroine spending conservatively everywhere but the book store. Most of us readers would happily spend more money on books. But there are also excellent panels on puberty, college debt, and periods. Definitely worth reading for a few chances to get a chuckle at real life. ...more
Feb 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, graphic-novels
Reading this second book of Sarah's Scribbles, I find many points in common with her: 1) Books (love the How I Spend Money panel). 2) Cats (Who wouldn't fall in love with cats after having a kitten for a roomie?) 3) Introvert tendencies (the trifecta of Overthinking, Social Anxiety, and Crippling Lack of Self-Confidence). 4) Being warm (her panels about sweater thievery were cute as a button). There were some pages that were less relatable, but still an entertaining and enlightening read. ...more
Whitney Atkinson
I loved the first book in this series and I think this one was just aight. It was weird how half of these comics could stand for themselves, but the last half of this book had kinda a storyline? Idk. Book one had a lot more moments that I took pics of to send to friends, but this one did make me smile a couple times.
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Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. My comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of myself, my friends, and my beloved pets.

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