Review: How to be Alive by Tara Booth

From  the looks of the cover of this book, I was fooled for a second thinking it would resemble my least favorite comic book… But thankfully that was not the case, since this is a collection of Tara Booth’s most recent gouache paintings. Straying from the narrative form of her first 2 publications, How To Be Alive is a series of densely patterned, colorful, one page vignettes. That is to say: It’s basically a compilation of those artists you follow on Instagram.

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From layering up in winter clothes, taking it all off one item at a time, admiring nature, and to feeling feelings that capture the full of modern female identity and so much more. I managed to complete this book – less than 50 pages – in a flash.

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The colorful and creative style that Booth took with her work really paid off in my eyes, particularly the way she put together those fun outfits for her vignettes. It was so utterly original that I came to anticipate them with each flipping page.

3/5 stars 

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