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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451666179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451666175
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 30 2013
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Allie Brosh has written a book based on her very popular online blog (google the book title). Fans of her blog will love this book, which has some of the "greatest hits" from her blog along with plenty of new material. Brosh takes a different twist on life, making her comics both surreal and poignant at the same time. As someone who has struggled with depression, Brosh doesn't shy away from tough topics or sugar-coating the pain in her life. In fact, she's received accolades for tackling tough topics, like depression, head on. But she does still serve it with a big side order of funny, so while this book might make you a little melancholic, it will make sure you'll feel that way with a smile on your face sooner rather than later. Her drawing style perfectly compliments her writing, as the drawings are used almost as pause points to build up the comedic timing in her stories (I still laugh whenever I see a children's cake).

Unlike a lot of comedy books, this one tops out at almost 400 pages, so there's quite a lot of material. As I said, a lot of it is new so that makes for plenty of reading even for fans of her blog. So who is this book for? Well, again, it's probably for people who like a little twist to their comedy. This isn't potty humor or slapstick (although there is some of that). It's kind of like Seinfeld meets Far Side meets Cathy meets a seriously depressed Ziggy. So it's hard to describe, but easy to recognize. If you're already a fan of her work, you'll definitely like this book. If you're not if you're a fan, check out her blog. If you like it, you'll like this book. Did I like it? Well, with a title like that, the only thing I can say is that it was so freakin' awesome that I literally died a thousand deaths every moment I wasn't reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 31 2013
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I had read the hyperbole and half blog years ago, specifically the stories about moving and about testing her dog's intellect. That alone was enough for me to splurge and buy a copy of this book. In fact, it was enough for me to buy 2 more copies for friends for Christmas.

I received the book THE DAY AFTER I bought it (that was incredibly fast, I mean, I purchased it at night and it was at my door when I came home from work the next day... that's insane).

Anyways, back to the book.

When I first opened it I went to the first page, the dedications. Without giving spoilers, I knew that from that page on that I would love the book. I sat down and got through half the book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. Then I realized I probably should feed my dog, so I got up, did some errands, and when I sat down, I picked up the book again right away, and couldn't put it down. I finished it in one day. It was amazing. Well worth my time, and well worth my money!

I highly recommend picking up this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul on May 19 2014
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I bought this for my wife since I knew she like the web site. Both of us have enjoyed this book and relate to many of the themes and situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Nov. 12 2013
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We're all shitty people in our own way, some of us are just more honest about it. All of the thoughts you're too ashamed to admit to having, Allie catalogs in this book. Reading it will show you that you're not alone. It will also make you laugh. Promise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on Nov. 4 2013
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This book is a mix of wonderful stories that seem so bizarre and unrealistic but at the same time you can relate to so many situations described in this book. This book gives you an opportunity not only to spend some time laughing but also to look at your own life from a different perspective.
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I love Allie Brosh, her blog was always good for a chuckle.
Very candid, in a style that this truly her own.
If you are a fan of her's then you technically don't need to buy this book since a majority of the content is already on her blog.
I bought this because I wanted to support her and since I am a huge fan of books, it's something nice to add to my already large collection.
It's a fun read, well done and since I also got it on sale, a great buy as well!
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This is a great book. funny and sensitive and a great guide to understanding what is happening when a person is dealing with depression and also a good guide for those who ARE dealing with depression. It won't pull you out of it but it will let you know there are others there and that you CAN feel something and it can be more than pain.
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Although it didn't include all of the website's comics, this collection is still well worth buying and includes many of her best "slice of life" stories.
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