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A Paper Pep Talk

By Terri Stone

If you’ve never suffered from impostor syndrome, felt anxious, or had a shitty day, then this is not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you’re open to a journey that mixes vulnerability, self-examination, and humor, it’s time to pick up a copy of Pick Me Up, the latest from artist and Internet phenom ADAMJK (Adam J. Kurtz).

Unlike his previous book, 1 Page at a Time, Pick Me Up isn’t a time-bound journal. You can open it to any page or thumb through until you find something that speaks to you. Many pages are deceptively simple prompts; for example, “Describe your mood in 1 word every time you visit this page.” Others are silly stress relievers, such as the “Connect the dogs” page. (That's not a typo.)

The author filled out these pages from Pick Me Up

You don’t have to wait for the book to come from your favorite bookseller to experience it. We have an excerpt you can download and, like the book itself, it calls for hands-on interaction: Once you print the PDF, you fold it and make one cut, and then you have a mini-zine ready to fill out.

Click the mini-zine image above to download it as a PDF; click the video for folding and cutting instructions.

The word “authentic” is thrown around a lot, and 99% of the time, it smells fake. ADAMJK is the real deal, and he wrote and illustrated the entire book by hand. Don't expect anything fancy; you could almost call the style crude. But it’s a good fit for the raw, genuine emotions you’ll experience if you let down your guard as you make your way through Pick Me Up.

For more ADAMJK, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.