Review: How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by The Oatmeal

How to Be Perfectly UnhappyTitle: How to Be Perfectly Unhappy
Author: Matthew Inman aka The Oatmeal
Type: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Datepublished: October 31, 2017
Format: Digital
PageCount: 48
Source: ARC via Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Matthew Inman—Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You—serves yet another helping of thoughtful hilarity in this charming, illustrated gift book for anyone who is irked by the question: “Are you happy?”

In How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Inman explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about “happiness,” and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated.

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy is a short, sweet graphic novel that questions the state of being happy and unhappy. The Oatmeal explores the depth of our thoughts and explains that “happy”, as the world writes it, is not real.

The art is just incredible. Though simple, the art varies in style and colour that readers just can’t get enough of it. With the splashes of colours on some pages and lack thereof in other, the illustrations perfectly complement the writing. It almost reminds me of watching a stop motion film: I can imagine the characters moving within the page.

What I loved most about the book was that it approaches happiness in a different light. It reminds the reader that sometimes the things that are meaningful to you aren’t always the things that make you happy, and that’s ok.

I found myself genuinely smiling as I flipped past the last page. Bittersweet, How to Be Perfectly Unhappy delivers with such deepness and simplicity that allows readers of all ages to understand.


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