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review 2013-10-16 16:34
5 Stars and a Half
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh can make me laugh. Alot too.

 

When I think of Brosh writing this book, I think of the white weirdly shaped, pink dress wearing, very yellow un-ponytail like ponytail having cartoon girl tapping away happily at the keyboard of a bulky white PC with her spindly hands while her two dogs lie on the floor beside her and whine unhappily because they are being ignored.

 

This is impossible because:

A) Allie Brosh is surprisingly a flesh and blood human.

B) This book has more pictures than words. Not exactly, but close enough.

C) That sentence is too long to have made sense for anyone except for me.

But I like to imagine it as true.

 

I have been following her blog for a very long time and am in love her posts - old AND new. This book is like an extension of the blog - with the best of the old combined with amazinger new stuffs.

 

Brosh has this direct and absofuckinglutely hilarious way of writing completely true things that are not supposed to make sense but somehow do. Add to the mix her crazy cute drawings and viola I had a masterpiece in my hands.

 

The best part? Everything in the book is true - exaggerated to epic proportions, but true. And where is the fun with no exaggeration?

 

I do not remember laughing as much as I did when reading this.

 

But what really sets this book apart from all of the other humorous retellings of an author's life's mishaps?

 

There are two chapters (contents? posts? nuggets of valuable information? treasure troves of awesomess?) about Brosh's battle with depression. 

 

I've come across books that have made me laugh.

I've come across books that have made me cry.

I've also come across books that have made me laugh till I've cried.

But crying with emotions and laughing with humor at the same time? Nobody but Allie Brosh could have managed that reaction from me - or any other reader.

 

Brosh has managed to move me to the point that I cried while reading those two treasure troves of awesomness and yet... yet I was laughing uncontrollably.

There were so many feels...I was a mess.

 

An even more amazing part? I had read both of the content on depression already on her blog. More than three times each. And yet it moved me each time.

 

Other epic favorites from her blog like The God of Cake, Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving and The Party have also been included in the book. And a few epicer newer content about Brosh's chilhood and questionable adulthood has been added too.

 

 

I am not too big on re-reading books. But this book is marked as a definite reread. And an obvious gift for anyone who needs gifting from me on the other side of November.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYBODY

 

This book is too good to be not read.

 

5.5 Stars because the pictures deserve that extra half. It would have been 6 if there had been more alot pictures.

 

This e-arc was provided to me by the publishers via edelweiss in exchange of an honest review. 

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