Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
Published 10 Jan 2017 by Animal Media Group
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
This book is suuuuper easy to read. Could be easily read in 5 minutes or so. The book consists of several break up stories, many of which are very relatable. I love that it included LGBTQ stories, long distance relationships as well as relationships from all different stages of our lives.
While the stories are very relatable, I’d have to say the star of this book are the hilarious illustrations. I LOVED the illustrations and personally, I feel that the illustrations itself could be an entire book by itself or even in comic form, similar to the Sarah’s Scribbles books or The Worrier’s Guide to Life. I’m very fond of illustrated books and these set of illustrations were cute, hilarious and speaks volumes with just a picture. I feel like these illustrations were even better than the stories in the book.
I personally have never seen any of Hilary Campbell’s other illustrations but they are definitely up my alley and I would love for her to come up with more books just with her illustrations. Please?
Loved the illustrations, relatable content. Better suited for those who need a quick reading fix or like coffee table books.