Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Genres: Autobiography, Humour, Comics
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: October 29th 2013

5 OUT OF 5 STARS

“On a fundamental level, I am someone who would throw sand at children.”

A collection of illustrated short stories/comics chronicling events from the life of Allie Brosh. From childhood quests for cake to struggling with adult responsibilities and depression. Brosh deals with a variety of topics, touching on each with her unique sense of humour.

Perhaps one of the only books that has ever made me laugh out loud; even in public spaces. Brosh is hilarious, even when dealing with darker topics. She writes about depression in a way that is both very real and a touch comical.

The simple art and casual writing style compliment each other. It feels like being told a story, rather than reading one. It feels honest and personal. It includes some of the most relatable depictions of depression, dogs and childhood that I have ever read. Most people will be able to find some small piece of themselves in Brosh. Whether it is a weird love for dogs or wondering if you really aren’t such a good person deep down.

There were notable comics missing from the book, ones that were well-loved on her blog, but she’s included a few favourites. More important is the new content, half the book is brand new stories from Brosh and those alone are worth the cover price.

There’s really not a lot to say about this book. It touches deep subjects without being pretentious or preachy, it tells stories that we all can relate to at least a little but above all it’s funny. There are few books that manage to reach this level of humour, if you love to laugh you’ll want to pick it up.

BUY THE BOOK

Read this if you’re a fan of: Adulthood is a Myth

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