Saturday, 14 October 2017

Review: How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

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.

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I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

This is a difficult book to review for me as it's very short but I'll do my best.
I'm not familiar with the author and his style but the title and the cover drew me in. 

The art style is awesome! Simple, funny and cartoonish. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy tries to formulate what the concept of happiness is. I feel this is quite a large question to answer is a 50-page comic. That's probably why it felt rushed to me and I don't think it entirely succeeds in what it sets out to do. 

That said, I still thought this was a fun comic about the author's personal thoughts about the subject but don't expect a life changing read.

I don't really know how to sum up my feelings in a coherent way, so I'm just going to end this review by saying that the comic is fun but too short. I gave it 3 stars. I really enjoyed the illustrations and I will check out more of The Oatmeal's work when I get the chance.

Have you read How to be Perfectly Unhappy or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!


  1. I don't know why but I really like the cover of this book. xD

  2. Too bad that it's too short to really love it! I do like the sound of it.

  3. Normally The Oatmeal's format is even shorter than that, they answer big questions in like... several pages, one scroll :) so I'm not surprised!

    1. Oh, I didn't know that! I'm not really familiar with The Oatmeal, I'll have to check out more of his work! Thanks for letting me know!