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Hyperbole and a Half

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Allie Brosh

The Short Take:

I’ve followed Brosh’s blog for quite some time and much of the content of this book can be found there. Funny, thoughtful, and thoroughly modern, the crazy cartoons and accompanying text are worth perusing again and again. And, it’s certainly easier to enjoy in book form.

Why?

Brosh’s subtitle does a very succinct job of describing this collection of stories and observations: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened.

You’ll find much to laugh at — especial the adventures of her two dogs and her childhood exploits (or should I say childhood exploitations?). You’ll also find some very thoughtful insights, especially when Brosh describes her own battle with depression.

You can’t help but love this woman. And that goes double for her book.

A Little Plot:

There isn’t a plot, just a collection of observations, memories, and the like. Her unique cartooning style and straight-up way of writing are a perfect compliment to each other. According to the author, it’s all true — whether the problems of her “simple dog” or the night time attack of a wayward goose. It’s all sidesplittingly funny, and sometimes quite touching. You can get a sample at her website by clicking here, but I highly suggest you buy the book rather than just troll her website.

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