Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew

Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood

Adulting meets Hyperbole and a Half in this witty, starkly honest, and absolutely on-point book of essays and illustrations on the realities of growing up and finding yourself.Mari Andrew started doodling when she worked at a bakery--she took some license with the display case labels. When customers noticed and began telling her the drawings brightened their days, Mari realized she could use that hobby to connect with people. She hit a profession...

Details Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood

TitleAm I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherClarkson Potter Publishers
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Reviews Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood

  • Meg Zkn
    read this in one fell swoop. and I’ll probably read it once a week for the rest of my 20s. thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • Allison
    What a soothing cup of tea of a book. Mari’s essays are just as thoughtful as her illustrations. This was a well thought out memoir that should be on every millennial’s bookshelves. (Also, as a fan of Mari’s posts on Instagram, there was a TON of new material in the book. You won’t be disappointed.)
  • Autumn Kovach
    As a follower of Mari, I was thrilled to finally be able to see her live and have her sign her book. She is the nicest person ever. The illustrations are so encouraging and relatable. I hadn't realized she was a writer as well so I enjoyed reading her topics on dating, travel, love and life. This book makes a great gift for anyone in their 20s/30s as well.
  • Amanda Mintz
    There is no word to describe this book other than “treasure.” I’ve been following Mari’s instagram account for a few years and wow, am I thankful she created this compilation of her works accompanied by some of the stories that inspired them.It’s essentially a picture book for adults, illustrating all of the ups and downs and twists and turns of growing up, from moving to a new city, to love and heartbreak, to getting to know yourself a...
  • Laura Angell
    This book has changed my life. I honestly cannot express how much I have depended on this book over the last few weeks. It sounds silly but I never really thought of happiness being a choice, and that something I could simply aspire to. Thanks to this book I have realised that I am in complete control of my life and it has changed everything. Thank you Mari for giving me the courage to embrace life and choose happiness!
  • Rachael
    This book felt like a warm hug, hot cup of tea and my favorite lipstick in one big gift. (aka all my favorite things). I want to send this book to all my girlfriends for every upcoming birthday.What a TREAT.
  • Janel England
    The perfect prescription for someone who has no idea what they’re doing
  • Christine
    Half-narrative, half-illustration, this is a sweet and beautifully-conceived book about the author's experience of unfolding into adulthood: finding love, confronting loss, overcoming obstacles, discovering purpose, creating home. As lovely as Mari's narrative is, it is the illustrations that steal the show in this book. Simple, smart, and stunning, her sketch paintings offer unique perspective on common "coming into adulthood" experiences and, a...
  • Rebecca Felt
    Mari Andrew masterfully unfolds her story through illustrations and essays. Her words reveal the narrative of her experiences and simultaneously inspire introspection. I’ve loved following her art on Instagram - the graphic novel does not repeat any of her previous art and builds upon her current collection.Love.
  • Neelam Sharma
    Am I there Yet is a Semi-Autobiographical book based on Mari Andrew’s journey to Adulthood. She is a writer, Illustrator and aspiring flamenco enthusiast, living in New York. She takes us to her journey of 30 yrs to Adulthood, through essays and Hilarious, Heart breakingly true yet very RELATBLE Drawings and essays. Her Illustrations are inspired by seasons of her life, love, friendship, home, career, heartbreak and self discovery.She was griev...
  • Megan
    Amazing! Marvelous! Mari is a genius, a voice for her/my/our generation. She puts more thought into every line of every illustration than our fearless leader puts into a single tweet. Truly, this book spoke to me on so many levels. Many of the illustrations hit SO close to home that I simultaneously laughed in delight and cried in frustration. It was wonderful. There are so many takeaways from the first read-through, and I suspect many more as I ...
  • Ely
    I have not felt this inspired by a book for a really long time. I already loved Mari Andrew going into this but now I adore her. This is just such a great book, especially if you're feeling a bit lost in life, maybe even a little heartbroken or grieving. Guess what I'm buying all my friends for their birthdays now?
  • Zizeloni
    Mari Andrew started drawing (in the cute way you see in the cover) and writing after her father died when she was 28. The book is full of cute doodles and drawn lists that show hoelw it is to grow up. She talks about finding yourself, deciding what you want to do, finding your style. I liked her drawings and the personal texts. I think it will be very inspiring for women in their early 20s.The reason I gave "only" 3 stars is that I am in my thirt...
  • Stephanie Thoma
    @bymariandrew is my favorite Instagram channel, so I’d been awaiting the release of her book. Once released from the library, I checked it out and devoured it on one sunny yet breezy afternoon with some naps throughout. Plenty of her Instagram diagrams on relationships, style, etc. are present, as well as some personal essays touching on experiences that have shaped her. It was an easy, fun read, perfect for a 20-something woman to flip through...
  • Sage
    I love Mari Andrew and have been a follower of her work for quite some time. I pre-ordered this book and when it arrived I read it right away. I have been passing it along as a college graduation gift recently and everyone who has gotten their hands on it loves it. There is something so relatable about her work and it can range different age groups. This is something that is easy to pick up and read through easily but something I will revisit tim...
  • Rebekah
    I love Andrew's artwork. It's a mix of simple illustrations with relatable captions that always hit me close to home. This book is an extension of the work she usually displays on her Instagram account, interspersed with short essays. The book is part memoir and general part coming-of-age milestones in your 20s and 30s,
  • Rebekah O'Dell
    I would give this book one rating for the writing, one for the illustrations, and one for how often I will use it in my classroom and how much I love Mari. In the last category, this book undoubtedly earns 5 stars. It will forever sit on the corner of my desk for almost-daily use.
  • Kate Kelly
    loved it! inspired me to travel alone and get my butt in gear!
  • Sarah Ann
    Mari Andrew's book and illustrations are so rich and thought provoking. She really challenges you to look within yourself, to reflect and to get comfortable with the sad and uncomfortable.
  • Madeline
    This is a beautiful book that I recommend to any young adult. Mari is incredibly brilliant and has the power Ernest Hemingway does with a few words—except she does that with illustrations.
  • Chi-Chi
    I've been a fan of Mari Andrew for years on Instagram, and her book didn't disappoint. It's so insightful to today's life and struggles, I want to frame every page to put up on the wall!
  • Becky
    I loved this colorful book so much, I bought it for Amy.
  • Hannah
    I didn’t want this beautiful book to end. Reading it was like catching up with an old friend on a long, warm summer night. I really hope Mari writes/illustrates more books - I’d read them all!
  • Sarah Silcox
    Loved the essays and the illustrations. A lovely book about self-care, traveling and finding yourself. Would highly recommend to my creatively minded friends.
  • Sarah
    This book was so lovely and heartfelt. I got teary-eyed reading it because I related to so much of what Mari wrote (and drew). That is Mari’s brilliance; she’s able to communicate things we all go through with humor and compassion. This book is a must-have for anyone but especially those of us in our late 20s who feel like we aren’t where we want/should/could be. As her illustrations show, getting where you’re going is never a straight li...
  • Manda
    I love it, and will be enjoying the illustrations over again many times, I am sure. Because I am a word nerd, I would have loved even more essays - but as whole, the book was a very lovely package.
  • Mel
    I love Mari Andrew’s illustrations but I didn’t personally connect with any of her essays. I sat down to read this start to finish and I think that’s not the right way to consume this content. Reading a few pages each day is likely a better strategy for this one.
  • Emilie Greenhalgh
    I have followed Mari on Instagram for a couple years now... so I was very much looking forward to her book. While I enjoyed the depth and dry humor of her illustrations, I found the essays to be a bit shallow and misplaced. They also didn’t entirely flow together. And just to be really picky, I didn’t care for the font. However, I still adore her illustrations and hope that she continues to generate such poignant witty content in them. Perhap...
  • Rachel Dawson
    I adore Mari and this book was a delight. Her art, her heart, her whimsy, her words, her incredible way of illustrating the hard and beautiful and weird parts of life... she is a TALENT.
  • Lenette
    full review (with pictures!) on my blog here.Since I came up with it, my blog’s title “Reading Art” was always meant to be rather tongue-in-cheek – that graphic novels and comic books’ advantage is the mix of both written and visual media–and at its very best, art that can be simultaneously seen and read.But even though I love reading them, it’s not often that a page from said novels or books actually makes it onto my walls. This st...