Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Paperback – Oct 29 2013
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"I must have interrupted Melinda a dozen times to read to her passages that made me laugh out loud. . . . The adventures she recounts are mostly inside her head, where we hear and see the kind of inner thoughts most of us are too timid to let out in public. Despite her book’s title, Brosh’s stories feel incredibly—and sometimes brutally—real. . . . It is no hyperbole to say I love her approach—looking, listening, and describing with the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian." (Bill Gates)
"Imagine if David Sedaris could draw . . . Enchanting." (People (4 stars, People Pick))
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Humor Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Memoirs (.)
“I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"My wife, who rarely reads a book published after 1910 and who is difficult to make laugh, wept with pleasure while reading these comic illustrated essays from Ms. Brosh, who runs a popular web comic and blog. I had to find out what the fuss was about. The subjects run from light (cakes, dogs) to dark (the author’s own severe depression), and they foreground offbeat feeling and real intellect. Ms. Brosh’s inquisitive mind won me over, too.” (Dwight Garner New York Times)
“In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden . . . Brosh's bracing honesty is a gift.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Brosh captures humanity at its simultaneous worst and best with a razor wit that allows us to laugh at even our darkest of selves.” (The Advocate (Baton Rouge))
"Will make you laugh until you sob, even when Brosh describes her struggle with depression." (Entertainment Weekly)
"This is the BOOK OF THE YEAR." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” (Marc Maron)
"This book made me laugh, cry, and leak. It was honest, poignant, and ridiculously silly in all the best ways and I'm better for having read it. Plus, doggies!" (Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess and author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened)
"An Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century." (Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com)
“Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"Brosh is an evocative writer who bares her foibles and shortcomings, from childhood to her present life, with a lack of vanity and a sense of catharsis that is palpable." (Publishers Weekly)
“Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed." (io9.com)
“The whole blog is inspired.” (Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish (The Atlantic))
“Anyone seeking an accessible look at someone suffering from depression or some really delightful dog drawings need search no further.” (Time Out New York)
About the Author
Allie Brosh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half, which was named the Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Humor Book of the Year. Brosh has also given herself many prestigious awards, including “fanciest horse drawing” and “most likely to succeed.” HyperboleandaHalf.blogspot.com
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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!!
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!
Allie is a comedic genius. She has a way of making everyday neuroticism seem like the most hilarious thing in the world. The most mundane events possible become a grand adventure in her hands (actually, strike that, none of her 'adventures' are mundane, necessarily).
Her reflections on Depression are poignant, beautiful and still hilarious.
Her thoughts on identity will stick with me a long while. Stop throwing sand, Allie. Really. It's not wise.
Her Simple Dog and Helper Dog sound so frustrating and yet it's clear she loves them both.
When I finished this book I set it down and murmured, "Allie Brosh *checks title to make sure that's her name* I love you." And I do. I really do.
BUY THIS BOOK.
For heaven's sake. Don't ponder. Don't consider. Don't hesitate. BUY IT.
This is the kind of genius that doesn't come along often and I can promise that this book will make anyone and everyone laugh.
My name is Nicole, and I loved this book called Hyperbole-and-a-half so much that I keep it on the stand beside my bed so whenever I have a bad day I can pick it up and read it really quick. My favorite things are writing reviews on amazon.ca, reading Allie Brosh's work, pretending I'm a dinosaur and other stuff. What do YOU like to do? What are your favorite things? Do you still like Allie Brosh? Are mom and dad still alive?
Please write back.
p.s. I've read some reviews that didn't like the swearing, but I think it actually added to the funny parts to actually help make them funny.
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Do you like her web comics? Then you like the book. Good print quality. Happy to have finally supported her after many hours of free reading from her website.Published 1 month ago by onlinealias
It's literally laugh-out-loud funny, and I'm not one to laugh at books.
My sister loved it, and promptly took it from me. I might have to buy another.
Absolutely hilarious and worth every cent! I can't wait for her second book to come out.Published 3 months ago by Zombie Mom
This is a story about absurdity and hope in the face of despair. Our author/artist has some serious demons, but this is possibly my favourite autobiographical examination into... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss Pearl
I got this book a couple of years ago as a gift. It went through various moves, was packed up many times and I still open it up to read to this day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katelyn Ryder