Genres: Autobiography, Humour, Comics
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.