Dearest George By Alicia Souza | Book Review

Alicia Souza needed to make a marriage announcement without having a big, fancy wedding. So a few months after the legal documents were signed making her and her husband, George, government-approved official, she upgraded her annual-ish update of drawings into a book, which surprised George, too.

Let’s say Dearest George is her way of getting back at her husband, for being awkward about PDA, by taking all her love notes public. But once you’re married realism sets in pretty quick. Then again, Alicia is in love with being in love. The comfort of their human-ness, the warmth of their voice and even the sweatiness of hand-holding of someone you adore. Dearest George captures all that. The everyday kinda love with an infinite number of kisses, huge doses of longing when they’re away, just a wee bit of creepy stalking, lots of chips eating (one needs special nutrition) & the occasional banter about who made the first move.

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I stumbled upon Alicia Souza’s Instagram in my search for an annual planner and stayed for the illustrations. It was only a few weeks ago I discovered she had a book out as well. With all the illustrated books I’ve been reading lately, what’s one more, I justified to myself, and here we are.

Souza illustrates snippets of being married when you’re madly in love. But these aren’t just funny incidents. These are the corniest, mushiest moments that might make the best of us question whether being married is really worth it, after all.

The sketches are incredibly cute with a bearded husband, a mostly-beaming wife, an attention-seeking dog and a blink-and-you-miss guinea pig. The events described are not connected but as you flip through you’ll get a peek into the life of a hopelessly-in-love couple finding joy in the day-to-day. Or is it Alicia finding joy while George looks on helplessly? I leave that observation to you.

Every little detail in the book is hand drawn. Even the copyright page! I love her illustration style and the way she uses colour in mostly black and white drawings.

The book’s layout is a mix of comic strips, postcards, posters. There’s also a page of stickers and a postcard at the end. Basically every page is frameable art and would make great gifts for your SO as multiple love notes or all together as a declaration of love.

Alicia Souza isn’t called the Happiness Illustrator for nothing. Whether you’re in love, not in love, looking for love or done with love, you’ll find plenty in here to bring a smile on your face.

Dearest George by Alicia Souza. Published in 2020 by Penguin Random House India.

Book 57 of 2021.

Aquamarine Flavours Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.

Available on Amazon*.

About Photo: As Alicia Souza says in the book’s introduction, banana chips are one of three great things in life, second only to a kitten. And if you’ve been following her on Instagram, you know how important the 8 a.m. nana dance is in her home when tiny outstretched arms eagerly reach out for a banana, dancing impatiently on little toes.
These papercraft bananas are fashioned from 3D chinese origami and use almost 1000 pieces.
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About the Author: Alicia Souza has been referred to as a ‘happiness illustrator’ owing to the snippets of happy incidents, funny conversations and daily life musings she draws. She’s added it to her designation ever since, as ‘commercial illustrator’ sounded rather dodgy! She’s been drawing professionally for just under a decade and has hundreds of products manufactured from her drawings through the studio she runs.
Alicia was born and brought up in the Middle East. She currently works and lives in Bengaluru with her husband, son, dog, guinea pig and lots of pencils. She writes her own author’s bio. It’s not a skill she’s terribly good at.
View her products online at aliciasouza.com or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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