Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Published by Touchstone on October 29, 2013
Genres: Humor, Nonfiction
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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:
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!
Hyperbole and a Half is both the name of this book and the name of the award winning blog that author Allie Brosh maintains.
Hyperbole and a Half is different: it’s truly a bit of mixed media with lots of drawings and lots of text that have to be read together to get the complete story. The artwork in Hyperbole and a Half is different, too. It’s partially juvenile with Allie Brosh representing herself as a…strange white grub like creature with a face, stick arms, legs and hands and something that looks like a yellow birthday hat on top representing her blonde hair. There are also some rather sophisticated artwork as well – the combination of juvenile and sophistication reminding me of South Park in its consistency.
I’m having hard time reviewing Hyperbole and a Half – I think it’s because Hyperbole and a Half is so many things at once. Allie Brosh discusses the mundane, the ridiculous and the serious with equal fervor. Mrs. Brosh discusses her (often) crippling clinical depression with a candor that is impressive. She may then slide into a discussion about the [lack of] intelligence of her dog…but it all just works. It works incredibly well.
I found Hyperbole and a Half to be humorous, sad, honest and soul baring. At turns laugh out loud funny and remarkably insightful, I immediately purchased a copy of this for my permanent library.