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Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened
Allie Brosh
Gallery Books
Published October 29, 2013

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About Hyperbole and a Half

From Goodreads: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

My Review

This is another one of those books that I read because I needed to read it. I laughed so hard I woke my husband up. I laughed until I cackled and had tears streaming down my face. I laughed like I didn’t even know I needed to laugh until I was laughing.

The pictures are fabulous. The drawings are packed with emotion and humor. The stories are both hilarious and also such a frank exploration of what makes us human. It’s also possibly one of the best descriptions of depression that I’ve read.

It’s silly and self-deprecating and sometimes totally irreverent, but I found it to be exactly the kind of humor I needed to get me through a tough week.

If you liked FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, definitely check out HYPERBOLE AND A HALF.

Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 14 up.

Main character is white.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Extreme profanity used pretty frequently.

Romance/Sexual Content

Spiritual Content

Violent Content
There is a violent goose.

Drug Content

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