Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Published: October 2013 by Touchstone
Format/Source: Paperback, purchased because I was bored and decided to go to Barnes and Noble
Genre: Comics, Humor, Memoir
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 have been following Allie Brosh’s blog for a few years and when I stumbled upon her new book on a trip to the store I knew I had to get it. I have a bad habit of buying the books of bloggers I like just to support them, even if I don’t need the book. [I’m talking to you “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. I don’t even chrochet!]
In contrast, this book definitely earned a spot on my shelf. I find Brosh’s juxtaposition of outlandish childhood stories with incredibly relateable descriptions of her experience with depression to be uniquely satisfying.
Though the combination of simple-but-expressive art and informal writing flowed a bit better in blog format, I would not say anything was lost in translation. Of the 18 stories included, only 7 are old ones from the blog, making it a happy medium between anthology and new content. I absolutely loved it and am eagerly awaiting more from Allie Brosh.