I’ve enjoyed the What’s Up Beanie comic strip online for a while now, a cute look at little pink-haired Beanie – sometimes as a child, sometimes older – and some ‘acutely relatable’ (as the tagline states) life situations. In this book the author takes a few of those plus a whole pile of new ones and forms them into a narrative brilliantly.
The underlying premise is 4-year-old Beanie (who is Tysoe) meeting her grown-up self and demanding to know why she’s not doing all the cool stuff she once dreamed of, like digging up dinosaurs, or – most importantly! – owning a dog or ten!
When then head back through Beanie’s life over the years, and some … well, the whole point is that they aren’t really ‘key life events’, they are such utterly normal, totally relatable events, and so many that just had me going “Yes! That!”.
As well as just being a lot of fun, the story arc was surprising well handled, and the ending was just spot on. No, no spoilers! But overall this was just the perfect tone, a real warm and fuzzy hug of a book. Goodness knows it was *exactly* what I need this week/month/year, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
NetGalley eARC: 224 pages
First published: 3rd August 2021
Read from 27th-29th July 2021
My rating: 9/10