Monday, December 28, 2015

Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Release date: October 29, 2013
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 385
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository - Adlibris

Description (from Goodreads):

Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.

Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Halfshowcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.

Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to.

I had seen this book around in bookstores as well as online, but before I noticed it on Scribd, I never actually knew what it was about. I must say that the cover really made me think this would be a book that I would enjoy, but alas, I was wrong. Though Brosh's blog wasn't familiar to me before, I instantly felt connected to this book and ended up laughing my ass off at three o'clock in the morning while reading this one.

This collection of stories by Allie Brosh consists of tales from her childhood, as well as her adult life. Though this book is definitely one of those titles that will make you laugh out loud, there is also surprising amounts of deepness in there, especially when it comes to her essays Adventures in Depression and Depression Part Two. As a major dog lover and a dog lady for life, I loved the essays that focused on her dogs and the struggles of dog-owning.

I think the essays/stories are extremely well organized - the first essay instantly caught my attention, made me laugh, and managed to suck me in to the book in a way that made me read the whole thing at one sitting. The illustrations are absolutely hilarious, and their simplicity works so well with Brosh's sense of humor. I think this is the type of book that will connect with someone in some way and I am actually really looking forward to gifting this to someone so I can share the laughs with someone else. There is a story about cake here I think a lot of my friends would feel a connection with. 

If you have Scribd subscription, you can read this one from there! 

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