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

by Allie Brosh

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Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.

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That was hilarious. The sad parts were funny too, and they opened another door to the famous blogger's life that I didn't know about. ( )
  enlasnubess | Oct 2, 2023 |
Clever, disturbing, cleverly disturbing, the style of the drawings add to the impact of the stories. VERY REAL!
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
I laughed so hard that I made myself cry. Allie Brosh's descriptions of real life events are so relatable and accurate, you can't help but picture yourself in her situation. And even through the hilarity and insanity, there are life skills to be found. I tip my hat to you, Allie. You've earned it. ( )
  xxMOONLITsky | Aug 30, 2023 |
Like a lot of people, I felt deep kinship with blogger/cartoonist Allie Brosh, especially after her Depression story hit the web. I still admire Brosh for her courage and enjoy her fantastically goofy illustrations, but this book was kinda "meh," for me.

There were one or two essays here that stirred affinity similar to the familiarity I felt when I first encountered Brosh. But I found it hard to get past the intense dislike I felt for the bratty childhood self she introduced in the opening essay. I wonder if that tempered my enjoyment of the book's remainder.

My new meds are working very well; maybe I am just in too good of a mental place to appreciate this kind of book right now. I still intend to read her follow up book, but first I'll find out if she's swinging high or low in that one. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
This was the exact perfect book for me to read at this exact point in my life. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
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Brosh has an odd way of looking at the world and an uncanny ability to write about her personal — and specific — circumstances so that those of us who are even more odd can identify. ... Think of Brosh as a visceral, brutally honest David Sedaris — with badly drawn images — and buy this book.
It would be easy to dismiss Brosh as unnecessarily self-deprecating. But it seems that it’s the sheer intensity of her critical self-consciousness and conscious self-criticalness that people have connected with so deeply. By revealing the selfish grotesqueness of everyday humanity, the stories encourage us to become more reflexive of our inherent flaws, which can be both productive and humbling. And also, it would be nothing short of ironic to criticise Brosh for her almost complete lack of subtlety when the premise of the book is embedded right there in the title: it’s all about hyperbole.

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What now, fucker?

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When I was ten years old, I wrote a letter to my future self and buried it in my back yard.
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