Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem,and other things that happened by Allie Brosh is for the most part a humorous book. It's based on entries from her blog of the same name. Each entry has multiple illustrations that are integral to the story. 

Although I enjoy almost all the stories, my particular favorites are the ones she writes about her dogs, the helper dog and the simple dog. 
About the simple dog from p.19, "A lingering fear of mine was confirmed last night: my dog might be slightly retarded." 
And about the helper dog on p.77, "The shelter worker said, 'This one hates everything and she doesn't know anything, and I hope you aren't planning on taking her outside ever because she's more like a bear than a dog, really, and unfortunately, she can scale a seven-foot-tall fence like the fucking Spider-Man."

Allie Brosh has a great sense of humor. It took me a while to figure out that the yellow fin thing sticking out of her head was a ponytail. I think the pictures are great. The book is awesome, but there are a few entries that are kinda downers. There are 2 on her depression and 2 on identity. The 2 on depression are very valuable for someone looking for insight into depression. As for the ones on identity, many people have been there before, but not many have shared that particular journey with others.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for having great drawings and mostly humorous biographical stories. It is definitely worth your time to read it. 

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