Book Review – Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

The blurb charms:

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative—like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it—but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

This is one of the few books in the last few years that I’ve chosen to get in paper rather than eBook form.  Since the book contains a lot of illustrations, I thought I would be losing out by reading it on a black & white Kindle screen.

The book is part blog, part cartoon, part biography and part essay, so it really doesn’t have a plot per se.  Most of it is extremely funny and parts of it are painfully honest.  The section on depression should be required reading for anyone who knows a person with depression.

The art is quirky and supports the tone of the book.  Most of it is pretty amateurish, like most (non artist) people would draw.  Interestingly while the people are barely people-shaped the dogs are quite accurately portrayed, which may say something about the author’s view on the world.

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