Thursday, May 1, 2014

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

Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Author: Allie Brosh
Publisher: Touchstone
Published: October 29, 2013

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

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!


I've been a fan of the blog Hyperbole and a Half since my mother and I discovered the "alot" and realized that Allie Brosh and I both are proud owners of simple dogs; so needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw that this book was being published! After receiving it for Christmas, I read it cover to cover in one day and revisit it frequently. This book includes several of the hilarious stories and illustrations from Hyperbole and a Half plus some new ones that you won't find on the blog, such as "Warning Signs" and "The Parrot." One of my personal favorites from the blog made the book -- "The God of Cake," in which young Allie attempts to eat her grandfather's birthday cake, much to her mother's distress.

"I had tasted cake and there was no going back.  My tiny body had morphed into a writhing mass of pure tenacity encased in a layer of desperation. I would eat all of the cake or I would evaporate from the sheer power of my desire to eat it."

This along with all the other stories in the book (and on the blog) are absolute comedic perfection. Allie Brosh is a genius when it comes to story-telling and making people laugh. My favorite stories in the book would have to be "Warning Signs," "Dinosaur (The Goose Story)," and of course "The God of Cake" -- just to name a few. I do feel I should mention that Ms. Brosh tends to drop the F-bomb. A lot. My mother did not realize this before she bought me this book. However, I did tell her immediately... after I finished the last page. Just a heads-up.

I'm hoping there will be a second book including even more posts from Hyperbole and a Half and more that we haven't seen!

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  

Note: All of the images used in this review are made by and belong to Allie Brosh. 

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