Book review

Book Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell

Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel, Humor

Publication date: 10th January 2017
Published by: Animal Media Group LLC

My rating:  Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256





Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett’s critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club.Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could’ve Done Better is her first book of cartoons.


This book had such a potential topic. Who didn’t go through break up or didn’t at least have friend with heartbreak after a bad ending of their relationship. Some of breaks up are bad and people end up with tears. Some are so ridiculous that people don’t know how to react. Some of them are pretty normal but even these one can leave unpleasant feelings. No mater which one of these it is, it’s always a memory. And each memory can be a story. So I was expecting something funny that will make me smile. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed.
Let’s start with stories. Some of them were good and I really like them. But many of them were too short to make them feel like something memorable. While I was reading them it felt like I was reading some short confessions on Tumblr or some other site,.
Illustrations were good. I like that author has her own style but some of the drawings didn’t bring anything new to the story or sometimes seemed unrelated.

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Animal Media Group!


7 thoughts on “Book Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better

  1. I read this book this year and I didn’t like it very much either. It did have some funny recountings but overall, just too simple for me. It was fun to read your review though 😀


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