Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

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 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 sweather theft, and the joy of staying home all day with a box of pizza. All aboard.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite pieces:big-mushy-happy-lump-1-bookspoils


big-mushy-happy-lump-3-bookspoilsI hate how relatable the above one is….

big-mushy-happy-lump-4-bookspoilsI laughed out loud at “punch the sun.”


big-mushy-happy-lump-6-bookspoilsReminded me of the song Take a Hint from the show Victorious.

big-mushy-happy-lump-7-bookspoilsThis genuinely happened to me today!! And I was stunned when I read the lyrics and discovered how they didn’t fit my expectations in the least.

big-mushy-happy-lump-9-bookspoilsWhere is the lie!!!

big-mushy-happy-lump-10-bookspoilsThis is me. This is who I am.

big-mushy-happy-lump-12-bookspoils“Let’s just cuddle in spirit” made me burst into laughter.

big-mushy-happy-lump-13-bookspoilsI hate when this happens!!


big-mushy-happy-lump-15-bookspoilsI snorted at the description of “a greasy onion.”

big-mushy-happy-lump-16-bookspoilsI feel personally attacked by this.



Overall, I was more than surprised by how much I enjoyed Big Mushy Happy Lump. Particularly the addition at the end of personal essays combined with comics were surprisingly fun to read. This time around, I cannot wait for more of Andersen’s comics!

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 7th, 2017

4/5 stars

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2 thoughts on “Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen”

  1. […] the previous collection, Big Mushy Happy Lump, I really appreciated the short essays that appeared towards the end of the book, so I was ecstatic […]


  2. Sarah Andersen’s comics are my favorite things. I’m so happy she’s releasing a book and also that you enjoyed it so much!

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