Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Publisher: Touchstone
Genre: Humor Hyperbole and a Half Cover
ISBN: 9781455573271
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.

Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.

Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to.

Buy this book. Seriously. If you like to laugh, buy Hyperbole and a Half. It’s a book worthy of the “LOL” acronym. Cartoonist Allie Brosh has a talent for mixing hilarity with honest human emotion and for making the ordinary hysterical. Very rarely do I read a book that has me laughing all the way through, which is why I’m so excited about Hyperbole and a Half.

Hyperbole and a Half covers everything from adventures with dogs to a truthful description of depression to musings on identity to an amusing account of a run in with a vicious goose and much, much more. Ms. Brosh has a delightfully wacky sense of humor and I was charmed at how honest she was about herself and her flaws (more so because I share many of these hilarious shortcomings and I appreciate self-deprecating humor). Though I connected with some stories more than others, there wasn’t a page of this book I didn’t enjoy.

Hyperbole and a Half features many comics from Ms. Brosh’s blog of the same name, plus more new content written specifically for this book. For those of you who haven’t visited Ms. Brosh’s blog, do so now: I defy you not to enjoy Allie Brosh’s witty and bright reflections on life.