- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451666179
- ISBN-13: 978-1451666175
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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)
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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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.
She makes me laugh and I love looking over this book whenever I have a chance. It is a book I have read a few times and I will continue to re read it. She has a twisted view on life and I love it!
If you like her work, buy the book. You will not be disappointed.
Boy, was I wrong. While some of the stories were well-remembered and the nostalgia was coming back, this book is great for old and newcomers alike. As a two-year veteran of her shenanigans, I was really excited about this book, but didn't have enough money to spend on release. Thankfully, the price came down a bunch, so I was able to pick one up after a couple of weeks.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, READ IN ONE SITTING FOR MAXIMAL ENJOYMENT (doesn't take longer than two hours).
I love Allie Brosh. I love everything about her. She makes me feel normal, she makes me laugh, she is a beautiful soul who has made my world (and my daughters') a more beautiful place. Buy the day planner. Buy the wall calendar. Buy the book. Read the blog. The note cards - not so much. They are kind of pointless and boring, unless all of your friends know and recognize her work.
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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