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Book Review: The Worrier’s Guide to Life – Gemma Correll

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About The Worrier's Guide to Life
The Worriers Guide to LifeIf you’re floundering in life, striking out in love, struggling to pay the rent, and worried about it all — you’re in luck! World Champion Worrier and Expert Insomniac Gemma Correll is here to assure you that it could be much, much worse.

In her hugely popular comic drawings, Gemma Correll dispenses dubious advice and unreliable information on life as she sees it, including The Dystopian Zodiac, Reward Stickers for Grown-Ups, Palm Reading for Millennials, and a Map of the Introvert’s Heart. For all you fellow agonizers, fretters, and nervous wrecks, this book is for you. Read it and weep…with laughter.

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Review: The Worrier’s Guide to Life

Okay, first let me say: THIS BOOK SCARES ME! I started off thinking it was pretty amusing but then I hit page 10 and began to get seriously freaked. This was like an illustrated autobiography. I can only conclude that little people have found their way into my head and are faxing out memos of every neurotic, crazy thought I have. Those are regular and consistent so I’m guessing there’s a lot of faxing going on.

From the thoughts you might have while meditating (which of course culminate in ‘Mmm… pizza’) to the safer versions of board games (‘Monotony’ anyone?) to the modern day plagues (‘May there always be an unexpected item in your bagging area’), The Worrier’s Guide to Life is a hilarious look at all potential sources of stress, anxiety and worry for the modern day neurotic. Think you are alone in your sleepless night thinking? Check out the Wheel of Insomnia and feel instantly reassured (though remember, you won’t be sleeping tonight).

As someone who has suffered with anxiety, I feel like there’s an underlying seriousness to this book. It isn’t hard to feel overwhelmed by life and there’s more and more to engage, stimulate or petrify us every day. The Worrier’s Guide to Life is very funny, brilliantly illustrated and will strike a chord with every worrier across the world.

I’m so glad I found this book. I haven’t felt so in touch with something since I read Hyperbole and a Half.

Verdict: 5/5

Source: Netgalley

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Donna Brown
Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.

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