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Barely Functional Adult

Barely Functional Adult is a book by Meichi Ng.

Meichi Ng

Wielding her trademark balance of artful humor, levity, and heartbreaking introspection, Meichi Ng's indisputably relatable collection of short stories holds a mirror to our past, present, and future selves.

Featuring a swaddled, gender-neutral, Barely Functional Adult as its protagonist, who says all the things we think but cannot say, this book is equal parts humorous and heartbreaking as it spans a spectrum of topics including imposter syndrome, therapy, friendships, first loves, letting go of exes, and just trying to find your purpose in the world. Prepare to excitedly shove this book in your friend's face with little decorum as you shout, "THIS IS SO US!"

In this beautiful, four-color collection compiled completely of never-before-seen content, Meichi perfectly captures the best and worst of us in every short story, allowing us to weep with pleasure at our own fallibility. Hilarious, relatable, and heart-wrenchingly honest, Barely Functional Adult will have you laughing and crying in the same breath, and taking solace in the fact that we're anything but alone in this world. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Meichi Ng is a cartoonist from Vancouver. She is the creator of the popular webcomic Barely Functional Adult.

Interviews with Meichi Ng

In her hilarious and heart-wrenchingly honest book Barely Functional Adult: It'll All Make Sense Eventually, Meichi Ng tackles topics including therapy, murder, friendship, wrinkles, exes, melodrama, being really bad at stuff, pettiness and other wonderfully human delights. The artist talks about how processing tough emotions through comics and sharing them has helped her mental health —  and helped other "barely functioning adults" feel a little less lonely. 11:09

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