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review 2015-05-07 22:04
I Love Dogs Too
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Attention: this review will contain a fast moving gif. Don't go on if you are photo sensitive.


“I had tasted cake and there was no going back. My tiny body had morphed into a writhing mass of pure tenacity encased in a layer of desperation. I would eat all of the cake or I would evaporate from the sheer power of my desire to eat it."


Hyperbole and a Half, aka how I met my soul mate.


I think Allie Brosh and I should get around and have kids with existential crisis sometime. I’m still wondering how to get around the biological issues considering that we are both women, but we have comics! Yay!



I see a lot of myself in Allie. We had the same overbearing love for dogs as we were kid. I once made an entire plot to break into the Pet shop and steal all the puppies when I was like nine. We also have a worrisome love for sweet things.


In a sadder note, we also deal with depression in the same way: by locking it inside ourselves until there was nothing we could do but open up and try to fix our emotions. It didn't really worked out like we both expected,but it did and that's what matters. As Allie described herself: 


“And that's the most frustrating thing about depression. It isn't always something you can fight back against with hope. It isn't even something - it's nothing. And you can't combat nothing.”



But you can get better from most things,even when it's nothing.



Allie is simply the kind of person I’d like to be with. To hang out, to talk about random stuff like that one time a goose tried to murder her. It was a pleasure to be able to get inside her head for some pages.


Sentence: Funny, laid-back, full of comic books. Basically everything I could ask for a biography,and more!

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text 2015-02-25 01:33
Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Yet another book I’ve read based on a blog.


I first learned about Allie Brosh’s work from a friend who shared the Alot with me- Brosh’s furry brown creature that embodies her frustration with grammatical errors.

The Alot brought me to Hyperbole and a Half (the blog), which is absolutely wonderful. The internet has since created memes based on Brosh’s work, the most famous of which likely derives from this:

What is the most astonishing to me is the amount of pathos Brosh can inject into her MS Paint artwork while combining it with humor and very deep, sometimes humiliating honesty.

The book, titled after the blog, is a combination of work previously published on her blog and new pieces. Brosh manages to talk about a range of experiences, from stealing cake and caring for mentally deficient canines, to fighting debilitating depression without losing her twin powers of insight and absurdity. She can make you laugh and cry almost simultaneously. And she'll make you think twice about adopting a dog without being fully prepared for the consequences.


I love Brosh’s blog, and thus I love her book. While I wish it had more original material, I still love revisiting her earlier stories and hope she has more in her to share.

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review 2014-09-11 00:00
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh I cannot believe I waited so long to get this book! Allie Brosh is a genius! This book had me cracking up nonstop. I couldn't contain myself. I love how she took her childhood and adulthood events (good and bad) and turned them into humorous pictures. The writing just kept me going but the artwork sold me so much more. I definitely enjoyed this book and it's definitely a must read!
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review 2014-09-03 13:26
All the disapointment - Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

This has cropped in my review feed a couple of times recently which reminded me that I've been eager to read it for some time now; I *love* Allie Brosh's blog. Luckily, my local library's magical online catalogue revealed they had a copy so off to town I went. I actually ended up wandering around my library for about fifteen minutes feeling confused because I couldn't find the 800's - they turned out to be on the mysterious third floor up to which I'd never been but will again. There were some people having a croissant party. You don't get things like that on the second floor. The second floor was full of children singing "The Wheels On The Bus".


Brosh is rather like David Sedaris if Sedaris chose to illustrate his books with all the tools MS Paint has to offer. Like Sedaris, her likeability for me turns out to be dependent on the medium through which she is filtered. Unfortunately, its not high with this book.


As others have commented, the transfer from blog post to book does not serve Brosh well. The fact that so much of this is recycled material - I'd forgive a third, just about, but this is closer to half - only highlights the problems: when the images are shrunk down they lose their impact significantly and this is especially noticeable in stories such as Depression - I've read it dozens of times and will probably read it dozens more, but in physical form it's nothing.


It's also disappointing that the strongest stories are the old ones - like The God of Cake and Depression parts one and two etc. I did really like a couple of the new ones, especially Lost In The Woods, but I actually ended up skimming the last few stories.


I got this from the library but had I parted with money I would certainly consider it a waste of. It's fun, but I don't really see the advantage of Hyperbole in book form - there's not enough new stuff and old stuff becomes significantly less entertaining. 2 stars.

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review 2014-08-27 03:59
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh

I’m a little surprised at my own rating here, because I didn’t find this book as funny as anticipated. For some reason Brosh’s stories, accompanied by her signature Microsoft Paint illustrations, seem funnier in blog format – scrolling down rather than turning pages seems to serve their rhythm better. If you haven’t yet read the blog, check it out at http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com - the stories are told in the same fashion in both book and blog, and several of her most popular stories from the blog are reprinted in the book.


For me the funniest stories here are the ones about Brosh’s dogs, which consistently made me laugh. The stories about her childhood were hit or miss; I enjoyed the parrot, but more often her childhood antics, at least as Brosh presents them, are so extreme that they only left me feeling sorry for her parents. Meanwhile, the sections about her thought processes often aren’t funny at all, but I give Brosh a lot of credit for exposing the uglier parts of her psyche in such a ruthless way. The two-part story about her experience of depression gets a lot of attention, but I’m even more impressed with her for publishing “Thoughts and Feelings” and “Identity”; very few people would be brave enough to do that.


Finally, my rating is boosted by the book’s excellent re-read value. Because it consists more of pictures than words, it is a very quick read, but I found myself re-reading some of the stories multiple times while I had the book out from the library. It would be a mistake to assume from the crudeness of the illustrations that the author didn't put in a great deal of work; there’s more depth to both the pictures and the words than is immediately apparent.

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