Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hyperbole and a Half

This is a book of stories about things that happened. With pictures. And dogs.

The lovely Hannah gave me a copy of Hyperbole and a Half for Christmas and I dived right in. If you’ve never read Allie Brosh’s blog, go do so now. If you enjoy what you see, buy this book. I first came across her blog when she wrote her second piece on depression, and the moment it started getting better. Her combination of words and drawings convey perfectly what depression was like for her and it’s recommended reading for anyone struggling to understand a loved one who is suffering. It's a good starting place at least. Whilst you can read them online, both pieces on depression are included in this book. It includes a mixture of existing and new material

Her drawings might seem slap dash or childlike but they are full of emotion and humour. They manage to communicate everything spot on. She’s just amazing, and funny and moving. The dogs are hilarious. I love that both her dogs are a bit not right and the ensuing drama they cause. It didn’t bother me, but I know some people really dislike white text on a coloured background and there are a few stories that are like that in this colourful and glossy volume.

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  1. Ooh, I LOVE her blog. I didn't realise there was a book, will have to add it to the wishlist. :-)

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE CAKE CAKE CAKE and also all of these Skittles. *HaaH in-joke* THAT IS ALL. :)

  3. I loved this book. I haven't actually seen a bad review about it yet! I really like her drawings. They are totally what I would draw too! Here is my review:


  4. I hadn't really seen much of her blog (apart from what Former Bookshop Ellie had posted about) but I saw this on NetGalley and couldn't resist having a nosey. And it's hilarious! I think the introduction was one of my favourite bits - when she's writing letters to her past selves? I was snort-laughing ever so attractively over that chapter!

    I bought a copy for my sister for Christmas and got "Haha - this bit!" texts all Boxing Day so that was nice :)

  5. I have almost bought this so many times! It's going to happen next month for my birthday haul. So excited!!


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