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Dec 05

Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a HalfHoly backlog, Batman! I have been reading all the things, and not reviewing them, and that’s no good. So here we go. It’s get caught up time. Starting with one that Dale has been hammering me to talk about ever since we got done with it: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.

I first discovered her blog when I was living out in Orange County. I don’t even know what the first post I read was, because I ended up reading the whole thing that afternoon. I laughed so hard that the people in the living room thought I was having some sort of attack. When they rushed back, the tears streaming down my face and my inability to catch my breath from laughing so hard did nothing to disprove these concerns. But I finally got it together. And I’ve been an advocate for Brosh ever since.

Brosh uses an illustration style that is done entirely in MS Paint. But it’s not bad because Brosh can’t do better; many of her drawings are hella complicated. But she wants them to be the funniest, most informative, and most useful to the story as they possibly can be. And between the stories and the pictures, this book reads incredibly quickly (also, each story is on different colored pages making it a breeze to thumb through!).

This book is a collection of many of the best essays…blog posts…picture stories…whatever you want to call them from Hyperbole and a Half. Whether it’s the epic Why I’ll Never Be An Adult or the Stupid Dog Test, Brosh’s humor and self-deprecating style will leave you in stitches. In addition to the best of her blog, there are several original stories in this book, including a conversation with her two dogs, a story about her mother getting lost in the woods with them as a child, and the goose story.

I have rarely seen Dale laugh so hard as he did at the goose story. And, I’m pretty sure that when Dale got done reading it, he immediately read it again because he realized that the whole story was true. Basically, Brosh’s house was invaded by a goose. Who promptly went crazy. Anybody who has spent any time around geese knows how mean they are, so the story of how they had to deal with this devil spawn is hilarious. Brosh was able to record the goose’s escape from her kitchen and include the images with the book. Dale has been desperately searching for the actual video, so if it’s posted, let him know where.  And don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this story. Just not as much as Dale.

I love the blog, so I knew I’d love the book, and I bought this to support an author who has given me tons of joy over the years. I wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either. Unless you don’t like humor or fun or laughing. Then you shouldn’t buy this book. Because it will be a real disappointment.

JMF Rating: 9/10

‘Til next time,

-JMF