Book Review – Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
April 8, 2015
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!
This is another book that I came across as I was browsing the Nonfiction New Releases. It looked like a fairly short, fairly quick, fairly entertaining read – perfect for my spring break. Overall, this book did not disappoint.
The book is divided into short stories based on the mundane events from the author’s life (she also has a website by the same name where more funny tidbits are shared) with illustrations that Brosh drew to accompany the stories. There were a couple stories that were more sad than funny to me, but there were several that I literally laughed out loud at (to the point that my cats were giving me strange looks). If you need a good laugh, then this is a good choice to pick up. I think the stories about her dogs are probably the most entertaining in my opinion (including “The Helper Dog Is an Asshole” and “Lost in the Woods”). The only potential downside may occur if you are sensitive to swearing or crude language. If you can get past that, then give this one a shot – what’s the worst the could happen…..a good laugh?
Have you heard of the Hyperbole and a Half website or read the book? What did you think?