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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455516988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455516988
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hyper-relatable. Adam Ellis is just like you, except funnier and better at drawing." -DC Pierson, comedian and author of Crap Kingdom

"Adam Ellis is hilarious. If you like manic hipsters and crazy bosses, you'll love BOOKS OF ADAM! -Yasmine Surovec, blogger and author of Cat Versus Human

About the Author

Adam Ellis is a 26-year old artist and blogger. When he isn't illustrating for his site, he does freelance design for comic book publishers. His blog is www.BooksofAdam.com and his Twitter handle is @Moby_Dickhead.

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I have been reading the Books of Adam blog for some time now.
Daniel Johnson
The pictures are great and the stories range the gamut of feelings from heartwarming to really gross.
Andrew M. Hamling
There are lots of illustrations and his signature style is consistently creative and expressive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick on July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Overall the book was comically satisfying, but since I've been following the blog for a few years now, I was pretty disappointed that there were stories I've pretty much read from the blog. I was expecting more originality instead of some easy page filler that I've read before. I feel like Adam has way too much talent to resort to redundancy. Though the new stories were definitely funny.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Ellis on July 9, 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised at the sweet-but-tangy wit, the astonishingly well-crafted illustrations, and the strong storyline in this first book of Adam Ellis's. I am hoping for a second book, and a third, and a franchise, eventually--it's that good. How can I convince others to buy Adam's book? Well, the artwork is hilarious, finely drawn, and abundant. There's that. And Adam never feels sorry for himself or whines about The Unfairness Of It All; he just keeps making his life happen. So there's that, too. It's just an excellent, fast, and oddly uplifting read, and you should listen to me and purchase many copies for yourself and your friends! I am reading it for a second time and still snerking at a bunch of wicked, sneaky stuff I missed on the first go-around. MAY YOUR EYEBROWS NEVER GROW TOGETHER, ADAM ELLIS!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Johnson on July 12, 2013
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I have been reading the Books of Adam blog for some time now. I appreciate the humorous tone and light-hearted and creative illustrations(even if the way Ellis illustrates teeth creep me out a little). I think one of the things I enjoy most about this book is that the writing and illustrations blend seamlessly together into a cohesive and often times deeply funny narrative.

I also appreciate that the book has its serious moments, but one thing I do have knock on a little is that serious matters are often always deflected with humor which something the author concedes he does frequently. I can appreciate that, but there were several moments where I thought the humor wasn't simply needed to make the point stand, and perhaps, the point may have stood more elegantly without the joke. Overall, I think Ellis offers some valuable insights through his own (often hilariously told) experiences that make this book a real treat despite maybe what is a little too much humor in the serious place.

There is a little retreading of material from his blog, but I think it helps unify the book in a lot of ways that makes the book as a whole make sense(which works well for people who haven't read the blog at all). This has been one of the highlights of my summer reading thus far, and it is definitely a book I could see myself picking up from time to time to revisit one of the funnier portions. I will definitely pick up a second one if it comes out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mattkjackson on July 11, 2013
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I've been following the Books of Adam blog for a few years now, and was really pleased to see that the book is even more strong and fun than I expected!
Ellis does include a couple stories from his blog, but expands them for the book, which is a very successfully curated collection of vignettes. His illustrations are amazingly sharp and clever, and his writing style draws you in personally; it's hard to read this without feeling like you know Adam Ellis personally because of the voice and character he pours into these stories.
Super fun read, this book will make a perfect gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Shalev on October 23, 2013
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I love Adam Ellis. I think he's hillarious. I bought this book the moment pre-order was opened. The moment I got it, I spent a night up finishing the book I was reading then just to be able to get to reading The Blunder Years.
I was not disappointed! In fact, There were a few spots where I actually started laughing on the bus, and my brother and I really enjoyed quoting it for a few weeks to come (My favorite story being the story of the GURD). The illustrations are hilarious as you'd expect and just add a lot to the story, but thankfully the book can also stand on its own even without the illustrations.
So why 4 stars? Well, I couldn't help but feel that it was missing something. Maybe it as too short, maybe the inculsion of before-seen strips from the website...
Overall it was a great read. I only wish it felt more... whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ktomasic on July 10, 2013
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A nice little read that captures the emotions and missteps of us twenty-something's. Check out his blog to get a taste of his comedic storytelling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fischer on July 14, 2013
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What really works with this book is the illustrations combined with an easy, narrative prose style. I found myself grinning often as I read through the awkward exploits in which Ellis seems to routinely find himself. But what made me laugh out loud was Ellis' illustrative depictions of the scenario. Often it was a tiny detail that put me over the edge--much like a ''Farside'' scene. I will never forget the illustration of diminutive Adam standing next to a gigantic hooker who had just saved him from some distinct unpleasantness. Classic. I knew the book would be funny, but I was surprised by some of the genuine insights into human character and society. You will find yourself nodding in agreement in many passages. Lastly, Ellis' understated, self-deprecating tone made this book easy to read and easy to identify with. If you are in your 20's, you will say, "yeah, that pretty much sums it up.'' If you are in your 50's you will say, "yep, every 20-something I know is about like that. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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