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The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions

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'The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions: A Flowchart Book' by Tess Koman is a collection of questions and ways to find the answer to them.

The questions are mainly aimed at millenial women, it seems, and includes questions involving skipping work, or wearing undergarments.  There are also questions related to drinking and having another drink.  In almost all cases the reader is led to answers like "call in sick" or "have another drink."

I'll freely admit, I am not the target demographic for this book in age, sex or my particular moral upbringing.  I also missed the humorous point where this book basically funnels down to one answer over others.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Workman Publishing Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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A humorous guide to adulthood in a collection of 54 charmingly illustrated flowcharts and pros-and-cons lists that each address an all-too-real question, from the mundane to the life-changing. Will I survive this hangover? (Probably not.) Should I cancel my plans? (YES! Cancel immediately.) Am I having a quarter-life crisis? (Probably.) Do I even like this person? (Nope, nope, nope.) This inspired book of humor disguised as invaluable advice is a gift to make anyone feel better, proving that every question, thought, and decision, no matter how ridiculous or irresponsible, is completely valid.    


Super cute and unique book. The answers will surely get you laughing and in a good mood.
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This book combined comedy and unique artwork, graphs and flowcharts.  It was an enjoyable read and one not to be taken seriously.  If you want a laugh, check it out.  If you think this is a serious book, keep moving and don't read it. Personally, I enjoyed it.
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<p>I'm not a millennial -- I think I'm Gen Y, maybe late Gen X (I remember Kurt Cobain dying), so these flow charts probably aren't for me (also because I have already learned the IDGAF-answer to the question to whether or not to wear a bra, which is <i>hell no</i>), but because I am old and crochety now, I am going to say, if you're going to make flow charts, put some damn arrows in, or make levels so that I know which box is next.   </p>

<p>It's kind of amusing, but I don't really know it's purpose.  I guess you'd buy it as a cheer-me-up gift, or a cheer-you-up gift for a girl-friend?  Maybe it's an aspirational book to put <a href="https://www.today.com/home/backward-books-shelves-controversial-home-decor-trend-t119006">ass-backwards on your bookshelf</a>?  Who knows.  As I said, I'm old and crochety and need arrows in my flow charts otherwise I can't be bothered. </p>

<p><A href="https://www.librarything.com/work/21404706/book/153921903">The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions</a> by Tess Koman went on sale September 4, 2018.</p>

<p><small>I received a copy free from <a href="https://www.netgalley.com/">Netgalley</a> in exchange for an honest review.</small></p>
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I really wanted to like this book. It look quirky, cute, and absolutely adorable. Unfortunately, this did not meet my expectations. I felt that this book was just too judgy for me. I get what Tess Koman was trying to do, but I was bored with it by the fifth page. The illustrations were okay, and at times I did crack a slight smile. All in all, I was not impressed.
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Thank you to NetGalley, Tess Koman and Workman Publishing Company for an ARC copy this book.

OK, first things first, the reason I asked for this book was its publication date, that is the same as my birthday. I have never done this before. 

Now to the point. I am having mixed feelings for this book. The artwork was amazing! That handwritten/handpainted style gave it a personal journal feeling that I really liked. On the other hand, the content, even though it was funny at some points, it didn't feel  like it was about real people at all. Or maybe it targeted a younger generation? 

So, I am giving it the benefit of the doubt and 3 stars. 2.5 actually, but it gets extra credit for the artwork.
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Interesting read. Thank you. Netgalley for this book. Enjoyed it. 
I like the writing. Though I expected more it was good
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So awesome and fun. The edition is absolutely cool and the way that gives the answers is the kind which i will give to my niece. nA recommend if you had kids at home.
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The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions claims to offer witty solutions to common life problems and tries to do so in an illustrated form consisting of flow charts as well as lists of pros and cons.

WHO WOULD ENJOY IT?
I am not sure as I did not enjoy it and I am struggling to think of who might.

IS IT WORTH READING?
The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions is a book that does not know what it wants to be. Though its title sounds serious, the way the book went about fulfilling the message of its title seem confusing - the intent was clear, but it falls flat in its execution. Also, I am not sure using flowchart is the best tool for the topic and genre the authors are dealing with. Valiant effort, though.

The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions - A Flowchart Book by Tess Koman and Katie Vernon is available to buy on all major online bookstores from September 2018. Many thanks to Workman Publishing Group for review copy.
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The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions by Tess Koman is a quirky little gift book. There are flow charts and lists for all of life's ups and downs, such as:
*do I really need to wear a bra?
*do I need more coffee?
*should I engage in social media.

This book seems to be geared towards millennial women. Some of the humour I found amusing, some I found kinda crass. It seemed full of stereotypes, which I found irksome. I rather think I am not the target audience, especially since my millennial age sister found it hilarious.

***Many thanks to Netgalley and Workman Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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A cutesy flow chart style book maybe best suited to single mid-twenties ladies that haven't quite figured out how to keep themselves alive by preparing their own food. There were some pretty funny parts, and some great little illustrations, but I'm not sure that they thought it through when they offered this as a free e-book ARC. This kind of book would be best enjoyed when the actual book could be laid flat and the flow chart paths could be followed. There were some truly funny gems throughout, but for the most part it was probably more relatable to a younger crowd.
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Cute idea. Fun execution. Lackluster content and writing.
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Very well written books. Graphics were amazing to look at and the ideas and thoughts were very interesting. Would recommend as a book to read when feeling creative.
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I was given an ARC of this book through NetGalley and the publishers for an honest opinion/review.
This wonderful and very logical mind map of the female brain and all it covers for just the simplest situation is brilliant to the extreme. No wonder that most men are left shaking their heads in confusion. Women are expected to think and do many things at the one time in their daily lives so it is a very sad fact that we are not ruling the world by now. Tess Koman I Thank You for writing this wonderful book that made me think that all women who think logically make the world a better place for men to live in.
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Its cute...its very cute....its so cute its bordering on annoying. I cant decide if I liked it or not. I liked the pretty colours. Lets just leave it there.
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Am I a nerd? ✔️
Do I like flowcharts? ✔️
Do I like gift books? ✔️
Do I like laughing? ✔️

I found The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions: A Flowchart Book and thought I’d hit the quadfecta. It turns out that just because something ticks all the right boxes it doesn’t always mean you’ll find the gift book of your dreams.

I wouldn’t need a flowchart for a lot of the questions anyway:

* Room for dessert? - Duh! Always!
* Do I need a vacation? - See above.
* Do I need more coffee? - Again, see above.

I’m too nerdy to fully appreciate the carefree look of these flowcharts. They don’t have different symbols for each action type and without arrows a messy flowchart can be kinda difficult to navigate in sections. Also, some of the questions don’t result in a flowchart, just a rant or a pros and cons list, which didn’t make sense to me as it’s a Flowchart Book.

Maybe we can chalk it up to the fact that this book is asking questions of millennials when I’m too old to even pretend to be one, if I actually wanted to. However, regardless of my age, I doubt this ever would’ve been the book for me.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for the opportunity to read this book.
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Do you want to not have to decide for yourself pretty much anything ever again?  Or, better yet, do you want to still make the choices but have a humorous reminder that everyone else is going through these things and you can sort of laugh your way through the choices?  Either way, this book is for you.
From "Do I really need to wear a bra?" to "Am I too old for this shit?" to "Should I engage in social media conversations?", THE BEST DAMN ANSWERS TO LIFE'S HARDEST QUESTIONS has you covered, and will have you laughing out loud along the way.
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I love spread sheet, but not in this book. There were too many, and after the three/four first one I got tired of them. Yes the questions were interesting and it was fun to read the work up to the answers, but I belive this book would have a lot more luck if it used different types of style. The drawings and the style of the pages were playful and fun, but was overshadowed by the many spread sheets.
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I feel like I should start this review with a line from a RuPaul song: "Where my girls at?!" Ladies. This book is definitely for you. Filled with questions and situations that many 25-35 year olds have found themselves asking at one point or another, this book puts onto paper that little inner voice that is screaming at you in the back of your mind but you're either too hangry, drunk, or emotional to listen to. Thankfully Tess Koman has literally mapped out these situations for us using a reasonable, understanding, and kick-ass narrator to tell us that no, we're not terrible people and yes, you should absolutely have dessert. This R-rated, hilarious self-help guide is a must to keep close-at-hand for navigating every day problems such as is going to bed at 9 p.m. too early? To more complex questions like should I get back onto that dating app? Readers will enjoy navigating the pathways to enlightenment (some of which I found a little hard to follow) as well as the reassurance that they aren't the only ones that have asked themselves these questions before (like, am I more millennial than I think I am?). And while the work is filled with laugh-out-loud moments, what really impressed me was that several times throughout the book, the pathways would lead to a very important question I don't think we ask ourselves enough. That question being: "What's actually happening, girl? Are you OK?" How many times have we as women plagued ourselves with self-worth questions and quickly spiraled into the conclusion that we aren't good people? Including this small self-check-in query gives the reader the opportunity to take the time to reflect on themselves, explore those feelings, and then continue the hilarious journey with Koman. It's an incredibly insightful and thoughtful inclusion and really elevates the work as a whole.

This is a wonderful book that is truly in tune with the female mind and one that will quickly become a favourite for readers every where. Bravo!
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This was a really funny book with gorgeous artwork. I love anything with funny graphs or flowcharts, and this was a light, easy book to flip through.
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