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Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half

Picture 1Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Allie Brosh
October 2013

I don’t remember when I first came across Allie Brosh’s blog “Hyperbole and a Half,” but I do remember spending the rest of the evening reading previous blog posts and bookmarking and sharing my favorites. The way she writes, what she writes about, and her images just resonated with me (and clearly with millions of others) on a subatomic level. And while many of her posts are funny, there are others that are somewhat darker, like the ones where she shares about her depression, that resonated with me even more. The post that sticks in my mind the most is where she illustrates that describing depression, is like telling others your gold fish have died and they try to offer solutions to the problem. People want to help…but they don’t know how. it’s a post that I wish I could share with the world, so that they begin to understand some of what depression is about and that no matter how much we want to try, it can always be fixed.

What makes Brosh’s blog so appealing to so many people is the ease in which she tells the story. It feels like we’re sitting right next to her, sharing a drink with each other, swapping stories, and just being with one another during the bad times. To me this is the sign of a great writer, because I can easily relate to her. Her illustrations are also easy to relate to, because of their simplicity and bright colors.

If you’ve never read Allie’s blog before…don’t worry you’ll still fit right in. This book captures some of Allie’s best posts from her blog, including the ones on depression, as well as all new content. This book is a great read for anyone and I highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars.

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