Hyperbole and a Half

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

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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:

Pictures
Words
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!

Thoughts:

I had heard so many wonderful things about Hyperbole and a Half. It has been on my radar for so long. I felt like getting myself a copy recently. When it arrived, my first thought was ‘It’s so HEAVY!’  It’s such good quality, colourful and a real beauty of a book. In my opinion, it should be experienced in ‘real’ format to truly appreciate it. The memoir inside is witty and at points moving.

Hyperbole and a Half, comes from Allie Brosh’s blog. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Allie’s blog. I didn’t think I’d ever seen anything about it. However, I knew when I came across ‘ALL THE THINGS!’ it was familar to me! I’d definitely seen that meme around the internet. Her illustrations are wonderful. There’s something about Hyperbole and a Half that completely captured my attention and kept it throughout. It barely took me long to read at all and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

It follows Allie as she recalls some moments of her life. These include her relationship with her two dogs- Simple Dog and Helper Dog. It also follows her experience of depression. There’s moments that seem completely ridiculous but that’s the charm of Hyperbole and a Half. Even though it touches on her struggle with depression it’s not deeply sad. That wouldn’t fit with the nature of the memoir.

I loved reading the funny anecdotes from Allie’s life. She has such a self deprecating nature and the stories she tells certainly do fit the ‘hyperbole’ title. I think there’s something to be enjoyed by everyone in this story. Allie really is a wonderful storyteller.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful book. So unique, funny and warm.