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Hyperbole and a Half:

Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Genre: Humour

Illustrator: Allie Brosh
Originally Published: October 29, 2013
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451666182
Source: Scribd

Hyperbole and a Half

The Story

From the Scribd product page:

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 Half showcases 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.

The Response

I was late to be introduced to the Hyperbole and a Half blog. In fact, it wasn’t until I had seen the “clean all the things!” meme floating around for months before I learned where it was from. But, from that moment on, I was hooked.

I will admit that when this book was published, I hadn’t planned on reading it. I figured I would already have read most of the stuff through her blog, and as much as I am a fan, I wasn’t so much so that I needed her work in a printed volume. But! When I saw that it was available on Scribd, I immediately had a need to start reading it.

This book is partially made up of content that she had previously published on her blog, like her amazing insight on what depression is really like (go read Adventures in Depression and Depression Part Two), and partially made up of brand new content. Unlike some books that partially pull from their blogs, each chapter in this book flowed right into the next, which helped make the whole book feel more cohesive while reading.

One of the best things about Brosh’s blog is the illustrations that she creates for each blog post. Thankfully, each chapter also included these same illustrations, which helped to give it the same experience as her blog. (Did you know that in 2013 Brosh was named one of the 50 most influential creative figures by Advertising Age?)

I absolutely love the way that Brosh is able to take ordinary, every day events that happen to her, and make them relatable, touching, at times hilarious and at other times heartbreaking. It definitely shows her range of writing.

Some friendly advice about reading this book – it may not be best to read this in public. Every time I read a chapter over my lunch break, I ended up having to stifle all of my laughter. This was just hilarious. I don’t know if anything has ever made me laugh harder than her dinosaur goose story. Ever.

The Bottom Line

This was highly enjoyable, and I definitely recommend this.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:51 am July 15, 2015.
Category: Humour
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