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

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

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By (author) Allie Brosh

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  • Publisher: Touchstone Books
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 28mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1451666179
  • ISBN 13: 9781451666175
  • Edition statement: Original ed.
  • Sales rank: 2,589

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Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh's "Hyperbole and a Half "showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations. FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices. This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, "The God of Cake," "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving," and her astonishing, "Adventures in Depression," and "Depression Part Two," which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written. Brosh's debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to. FROM THE AUTHOR: 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!

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By Chrissy 07 Feb 2014 2

Did I enjoy this book: Not much.

I know I say this all the time but it̢۪s really hard to write comedy. And humor is so highly subjective that I hesitate to be too critical of this book. I have a strong suspicion that I̢۪m not the target audience for it. Her humor is more likely meant to appeal to a younger audience.

I know that f—k is the most popular word of the decade. Well, the second most popular word of the decade. It probably comes in just behind twerking. But once you’ve sailed past mile marker 35 or so, the f – bomb fails to detonate. It’s lost its edge. And simply using it doesn’t send a more seasoned reader into giggle fits. So when a joke starts with “For the love of f—k . . . “, for me it’s just not funny.

There are a lot of cartoons in the book. I don̢۪t think they̢۪re funny either. Cartoons make me want to put it in a children̢۪s category. But then we have that word that begins with an f and ends in an uck to worry about. And it̢۪s in every couple of paragraphs. It̢۪s even written in cartoon words. So I̢۪m not going to be suggesting it for story time at the local library any time soon.

There is one paragraph where a goose accidentally gets into the live-in couple̢۪s home that made me laugh out loud a few times. I read it at the salon while sitting a chair with some sci-fi looking foil wrapped around my head. It now requires space-aged technology to cover the grey that crowds out the youthful hair that used to reside on my head. And that almost certainly confirms to me that I̢۪m really not the target audience for this comedy.

Would I recommend it: I think this would be a great f-cking book to f-cking read while you̢۪re f-cking twerking. But I can̢۪t think of any other use for it.

Will I read it again: No.

As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

By Karielle 31 Dec 2013 5

Allie Brosh's pinpointed humor, childish yet not-quite-childish anecdotes, and incredibly self-realized life stories at her cherished blog, Hyperbole and a Half, are what made her an internet icon. You either have never heard of her, or worship the ground upon she walks. There is no in-between.

For the first time, her illustrated memoir essays are bound, and this print volume features not only eight of her most popular and most affecting blog entries, but also ten brand-new original pieces that will remind you of why you fell in love with her blog in the first place�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??or if you're unfamiliar with it, just how much you've been missing out.

Hyperbole and a Half is so well known for its bizarrely hilarious cartoons; as exemplified in the infamous "CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!" meme, her essays are accompanied by intentionally rudimentary Paint (et al.) illustrations that bring her personality and wit to life. Some daft early readers commented "I could draw way better than you!" on her posts, and well, that's the point. (Those readers didn't last very long).

Brosh's short memoirs are so special because they are highly conscientious, highly exaggerated (hence the hyperbole part), and perfectly capture the essence of identity and self-acceptance. I find it magical how she manages to be sentimental without being corny, intellectual without being standoffish, and comical without being snarky. She covers nostalgic topics like the mishaps of childhood, edgy topics like chronic depression, and downright entertaining topics like the weird and lovable beasts that are dogs. I swear to you: THERE ARE SO MANY DOGS IN THIS BOOK. If you have dogs, this is a must-read for a good laugh. If you have ever struggled with depression or self-doubt, this is a must-read for harsher realities and a sliver ever-burning hope. If you had a childhood, this is a must-read because�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??don't even lie to me: everyone was a child once. This book�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??and blog!�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??is simply a must-read, no excuses.

Pros: Some of my favorite essays from the blog selected // New content is fresh and original; did not disappoint // Dorky, strange, hilarious // Spunky and kooky; makes you want to be Allie's BFF // Appropriate for all ages // Still manages to be deeply meaningful and substantial

Cons: Not enough stories! I want MORE

Verdict: This blog-inspired collection of full-color-illustrated memoirs�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??ranging from lifetime reflections to random observant wisps of humor�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??is guaranteed to fill you with nostalgia, cripple you with laughter, and become your next internet obsession. An adult graphic novel that would just as easily please preteens, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened is entertaining, wacky, and at times, even somber�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢??and this attitude of not taking things too seriously, yet still being sincere, makes it that much more of an extraordinary experience. Brosh's intelligent but self-deprecating humor will charm you and disarm you. This is a book to be read over and over again.

Rating: 10 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece. Drop everything and go buy yourself a copy now!

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Simon & Schuster!).

Review quote

"Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. In her typical self-deprecating and dramatic manner (hence the hyperbole reference), she tells personal stories that name things we can all relate to, including fear, love, depression and hope. Perhaps the most endearing thing about her writing is that she approaches her subject matter from a vulnerable, childlike place, complete with Paintbrush caricatures that have arguably already earned iconic status. . . . Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful."--Kirkus Reviews