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Books of Adam: The Blunder Years [Paperback]

Adam Ellis
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Book Description

July 9 2013
Adam Ellis knew it was time to leave art school when a fellow student presented her final project to the class: "I put a condom on the Virgin Mary," she announced, unveiling a cheap figurine sheathed in latex. The professor loved it.

Baffled by the praise his classmate receives, and intent on becoming an artist on his own terms, Adam plots his escape to Portland, Oregon to begin his life in the real world--only to realize that adulthood is a lot harder than it looks.

Based on the blog of the same name, BOOKS OF ADAM details Adam's hilarious trials and tribulations in his attempt to become a functioning member of society. From his arrest after shoplifting a bottle of chocolate milk to a misguided attempt to make friends that lands him in a shack with a hippie couple who have just skinned a rabbit and are trying to entice him into a three-some, Adam is an amicable guy who can't seem to keep himself out of trouble.

Paired with his signature black and white illustrations, Adam's stories weave together an uproariously funny and ultimately charming narrative about a young man trying to find his place in the world.

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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 and his Twitter handle is @Moby_Dickhead.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor
Blog followers will recognize the grin-while-reading/guffaw-at-illustration format but Ellis takes it a step farther and ties the vignettes together into a thoughtful narrative that is both endearing and LOL-inducing. Through relocation, relationships and self-revelations, Ellis' memoirs are easily relatable even if you've never interrupted scissoring vagrants. There are lots of illustrations and his signature style is consistently creative and expressive. Whether or not you've read the blog (yet), The Blunder Years is perfect as a standalone. It's a great way to spend a lazy afternoon - empathizing with Adam and chuckling at his exploits! NOTE: Reading Books of Adam may cause fits of explosive laughter... and embarrassment if in public.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars worth purchasing July 15 2013
By Nick - Published on
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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and funny young man! July 9 2013
By Shelley Ellis - Published on
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick and fun read from wickedly funny author July 12 2013
By Daniel Johnson - Published on
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining, personal, and creative book July 11 2013
By mattkjackson - Published on
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny! But... Oct. 23 2013
By Ariel Shalev - Published on
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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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