Hyperbole and a Half

 Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.


Prior to picking up this book I didn’t know anything about Allie Brosh—who is apparently a popular blogger with a pretty big following. This is probably why I didn’t realize this book was half doodles, illustrating the many anecdotes Brosh tells. She identifies herself throughout the book as a stick figure in a pink dress with a blonde cone for hair (cover) and the majority of the book is about her life struggles, her two dogs and  family members.

I found myself identifying with some of Brosh’s stories, her battles with depression, her nonsensical urge to do weird things at inopportune moments and her inability to bend reality to her will (pretty much me everyday)—its pretty comforting knowing you aren’t the only one who has these thoughts running through your head. There were moments when I did think, “Wow this is pretty spot on.”

I think I could have done without so many dog stories, but since they seem to be such a big part of her life and this book is about her life, it makes sense that they were such a main focus. It’s just…well the stories about her dogs were cute for about 5 seconds, then they got annoying, and then I was pretty much done. I mean we get it, your dogs are idiots. Loveable, adorable, infuriating, idiots. I think she needs to call the dog whisperer or something because I don’t know how she deals with those two on a regular basis. I love dogs but those two would test my patience.

This book, as the title says is filled with hyperbole, so I did wonder which stories were exaggerations (I really hope the dog are exaggerated) and which ones were in fact true, either way I mostly enjoyed it. Funny at times, irritating at others but overall a solid read.

What did you think?

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