Book Review: Gemma Correll's The Worrier's Guide to Life*

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*I was fortunate to receive an eARC of this book from NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

I LOVE Gemma Correll, no exaggeration. She's up there with Kate Beaton (we all know how I feel about her after my post about Hark! A Vagrant) as one of my favourite comic book artists/illustrators. Again, I can't remember where I first stumbled upon her work, but I remember being surprised and very happy when I saw cards with her designs on being sold in Paperchase. Now she has a book coming out on May 26th and I could not feel happier for her.

The Worrier's Guide to Life is a very funny, clever book, I'm not going to lie about that. The illustrations are hilarious, truthful, and, at times, painfully relatable. She covers a multitude of topics and scenarios that will not be unfamiliar to a fellow worrier, from going to the kitchen when your housemate's have friends over, to that weird crusty thing you've found on the back of your leg that is definitely lethal. In my opinion she perfectly encapsulates what it is like for a lot of twenty-somethings and university graduates to live in this world, eating too much pizza, stopping to play with people's dogs as a way to avoid your daily commitments, and creating duvet burritos when it all gets a bit too much. 

I have no complaints about Gemma's work, only that when reading through the book I felt like I had read them all before. I don't know how much of this isn't brand new material, or whether I've just seen it all recently posted on social media by Gemma herself as promotion for the book, but a lot of it felt very familiar. As I've said, it's in no way bad material, so don't let that put you off if you're unfamiliar with her work! Hers is a world you should probably get acquainted with as you will undoubtedly fall in love.

M x

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