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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, is the 'graphic novel written by a woman' selection for my 2016 (Blended) Reading Challenge. This brings my 2017 total up to 28!


Hyperbole and a Half


I was a huge fan of the Hyperbole and a Half blog, which made me guffaw myself into tears so many times. The book...did not. It was good, but a disappointment, as the blog just made me expect more.

I did laugh in a few spots, but not like when I discovered the blog. However, Allie Brosh has written/drawn the most spot-on description of depression that I have ever encountered. I wish I could thrust that section into everyone's hands and say, “Here! Read this! This is it right here, this!”

There are some good anecdotes, letters to her childhood self as well as to her dogs, and some stories we saw on the blog. A lot of new stuff we didn't. I feel like maybe it would have been stronger if the last two sections didn't focus on what a shitty person she perceives herself to be. A lot of people can relate to those feelings, but it just kind of closed the book on a real bummer, imo.

Still, it's a good and fast read. If you liked the blog, you'll like the book. (Also, if you're a dog lover, you'll like the book). If you've never read the blog, GO NOW. Then read the book. I like supporting her work, and I like the awareness she had brought to depression (and, I guess, general self-loathing). I do think the blogspot is better than the book though. But the book is good too.