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Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted following as “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” (Vogue) by lampooning the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day.
A collection of darkly comic illustrated essays, Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” (Refinery29) in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail, including:
-The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day
-What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out”
-A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse
-The true dating confessions of a fembot
-The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist
-The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a CÉLINE store, and much more
Literally Me marks the launch of a brilliant new social satirist. Julie’s singular voice and beautiful illustrations reveal the truth about the absurdity of life in the social media age: the line between becoming a total “Girlboss” and a twenty-first-century American Psycho is razor-thin.
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October 08, 2017
Literally Me is a bizarre and sharp observational collection of darkly comic illustrated essays satirizing modern female identity. However, I was thrown for a loop going into this because I came expecting something along the lines of How to be Alive by Tara Booth, meaning a book full of illustrat...
September 29, 2017
This is humor for someone else. And truthfully, there are a few funny bits, that I sort of smirked at, and the pictures are nice. Yes, the pictures are the best thing in the book, so yeah, that is the extra star.
This book is not aimed at me, and I am not the intended audience. Not sure who the in...
July 18, 2017
Julie 👏🏻 Houts 👏🏻 is 👏🏻 a genius. 👏🏻
September 28, 2017
I'm a little confused. While parts of this book left me smiling and laughing, other parts left me a little bored and others left me with the phrase 'What am I reading?' Playing on repeat in my head. Simply put this book was a little bizarre but in a sort of good way.
I enjoyed parts but not thoug...
October 16, 2017
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I honestly just don't know what to think of this book. I think part of it is that I don't really have any context for it. Apparently the author is Instagram famous and an illustrator but I don't have an instagram a...
October 15, 2017
There were a few pages I enjoyed and I was engrossed in the horribly brutal intro story of a bride that pushed herself too far in her preparations but mostly I didn't really connect with anything in this collection of illustrations. I've never seen this author's work before but it seems to be ins...
December 23, 2017
Picked it up on the strength of the cover- I'd never heard of Houts. Loved her illustrations, was less enamored of her essays. Worth a look, for sure.
October 23, 2017
Received via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Man, this book's premise had such promise*. I have such a hard time finding cartoons drawn by women about real issues that are really great. They're either overly humorized or completely lacking in humor.
I don't even know how to d...
October 26, 2017
Literally Me definitely isn't for everyone - if you've never used the title of the book in your everyday speech patterns, you probably won't find the content relevant or entertaining. Given that, I found the book superbly witty and insightful with terrific on point commentary and beautiful artwor...
October 27, 2017
Not that I’m surprised, but this book was absolutely hilarious in a way that only Julie can accomplish. Her ability to turn serious and usually unfunny topics into hilarity is unparalleled.
Definitely recommend for a quick read!
Thank you to Touchstone Books for sending me a copy to review!