An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013: Who among us
has not, in moments that sometimes bleed through years, even
decades, felt weird, desperate, and absurd--wishing we could turn
all the lamest, most shameful episodes in our lives into
hilarious illustrated anecdotes? If you’re one of the millions
hanging on Allie Brosh’s every blog post, you already know you’ll
love Hyperbole and a Half in book form, especially since half its
hyperboles are new. If you’re suspicious of books because you
live in a world of the INTERNET FOREVER, this is where you make
an exception. If you just stumbled across Brosh and can’t yet
grasp the allure of a Web comic illustrated by rudimentary MS
Paint figures, believe the hype. Brosh has a genius for allowing
us to channel her weird childhood and the fits and starts of her
adulthood through the manic eyes, gaping mouths, and stick-like
arms in the panels that masterfully advance her stories, and she
delivers her relentless commentary with deadpan hilarity.
Neurosis has rarely been so relatable and entertaining. --Mari
Guest Review of Hyperbole and a Half
By Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson Jenny Lawson, is a very strange girl who has
friends in spite of herself. She is perpetually one cat away from
being a crazy cat lady. Lawson is the author of the #1 New York
Times Bestseller Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.
Allie Brosh is an internet legend and you've probably
accidentally stolen stuff from her at some point in time, but
she's so awesome that she didn't even sue you for it. Why?
Mostly because she didn't notice. Also, because she's generous
and she knew that you'd pay her back for using her hilarious
images by buying the book she'd write one day. Today is that day.
The good thing is that you will feel much better for having paid
her back for accidentally facebooking something she wrote without
crediting her AND you will get her fantastically perfect book
which is filled with even more amazing stuff to steal. EVERYONE
When Allie first told me she was finished with her book I called
her a liar, mostly because it would force her to send me a copy
of the book for free. It was so good though that I would have
paid for it, and that's saying a lot because I shoplift most
books, including my own. Frankly, when I read it I found myself
repeatedly screaming "OH MY GOD, YES. THIS. FREAKING EXACTLY"
until I eventually got kicked off the bus for disturbing the
peace. I prefer to think I was disturbing the peace with truth.
The people on the bus disagreed. Regardless, when Allie asked if
I'd write a blurb for her I said "No, I will write you five."
And I did.
"BUY THIS BOOK. STOP READING THIS. MAKE THE BOOKSTORE PEOPLE
TAKE YOUR MONEY. PS. You owe me a taco."
"I laughed so hard that stomach juice shot out of the hole they
just pulled my gallbladder out of. It might not be the best book
to read right after surgery. Except that the pain pills make you
forget that you hurt and also later you can read the book again
when you're sober and enjoy it all over again for the first
"I wish I would have written this book. I plan on changing my
name to Allie Brosh just to take credit for it." ~ Allie Brosh
(Formerly Jenny Lawson)
"This is the book you will give to your friends in order to make
sure they are worthy of your love. If they don't get it you
should probably just set them on fire."
"This book made me laugh, cry and leak. It was honest, poignant
and ridiculously silly in all the best ways and I'm better for
having read it. Plus, doggies!"
(TL;DR ~ Buy this book.)
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened