Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

If you're the average internetter, I feel like I don't really have to explain Hyperbole and a Half to you, but I will anyway.  It's a web comic, drawn and written by Allie Brosh, who is mostly hilarious but also occasionally also very deep and moving (see her posts on depression) and even intellectually edifying (see The Alot).  Basically I'm just one big Allie Brosh fangirl.  So when the book came out, I knew I had to get a copy.  And I was in luck because my lovely friend Joyce, who drew my name in a Christmas exchange, got it for me!

It's humor, and if you're read my blog for a while, you'll know I don't review humor the way I do other books with a separate section for writing and entertainment value.  They're too mixed up in each other for separate reviews.  In this case, I find Brosh absolutely hilarious and I have yet to come across a person who doesn't (if you don't, please leave a comment and tell me why!).  I was laughing so hard as I read that Luke came in to see what was going on.  And then he got sucked in and we read several out loud together.

At first I was thinking that I had read all of the cartoons before on Brosh's website, but it turned out that there are ten brand new ones included.  All of them are amazing, but my favorites are still the two on depression and anything she writes about her dogs.  The Simple Dog is pretty much my favorite ever.  Definitely check out Brosh's website and if you enjoy the cartoons then you'll want to get a copy of the book as well!


  1. My husband also had to come and see what was making me laugh so hard! I loved this one. I checked it out from the library but will probably purchase my own copy, too.

  2. OMG, the dogs. I LOVE her dogs! And of course the depression posts were amazing...they really put into words (and pictures) some of what I have felt. I am also a fangirl!

  3. Great cover and title. Think I'll get a copy for my wife (and maybe I'll sneak a read too).

    1. I picked up two copies, one for my wife and another for a friend at work. Thanks for the review and recommendation.