Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound
Named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World and winner of the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing, the creator of the immensely popular “Hyperbole and a Half” blog presents an illustrated collection of her hilarious stories with fifty percent new content.In a four-color, illustrated collection of stories and essays, Allie Brosh’s debut Hyperbole and a Half chronicles the many “learning experiences” Brosh has endured as a result of her own character flaws, and the horrible experiences that other people have had to endure because she was such a terrible child. Possibly the worst child. For example, one time she ate an entire cake just to spite her mother.
Brosh’s website receives millions of unique visitors a month and hundreds of thousands of visitors a day. This amalgamation of new material and reader favorites from Brosh’s blog includes stories about her rambunctious childhood; the highs and mostly lows of owning a smart, neurotic dog and a mentally challenged one; and moving, honest, and darkly comic essays tackling her struggles with depression and anxiety, among other anecdotes from Brosh’s life. Artful, poignant, and uproarious, Brosh’s self-reflections have already captured the hearts of countless readers and her book is one that fans and newcomers alike will treasure. – Goodreads
To be honest, this was a hard review to write. What can one say about Allie that hasn’t already been said?
Everyone knows about Allie Brosh’s website. Particularly this post. This book is essentially a continuation of said posts with a few more surprises. What was important to me while reading this was that Allie was still Allie, and she was. I read this book quickly in one evening like Allie was sitting next to me on my couch telling me about her life. While the book has new information, it is also heavily based in blog posts that have been read millions of times.
That is why, if anything this book is a bit of a let down. While there is new stuff, it is so heavily based in the old, and already read, it was hard to get overly excited about the book. The posts about depression were nice; however, with them being freely available, it’s very hard to be like YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK NOW.
There is nothing wrong with this book, I did give it 4 stars; however, it didn’t overwhelm me with feels like it did many people.