Emelie, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Emelie)
This was laugh out loud funny and I wish I could forget that I have already read it to only read it again for the first time. I loved every scene with her dog and how she narrated it flawlessly. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Especially if you are in need of a wonderful pick-me-up. I hope there will be another collection like this printed in the future!
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StormyWolf, January 2, 2014 (view all comments by StormyWolf)
I thoroughly enjoyed Hyperbole and a Half. I'd probably recommend it for everyone, but especially those who are looking for something humorous that also isn't afraid to make you feel. No sex and only comically rendered (mostly fantasy) violence here, but there is quite a bit of swearing which would normally have me put this completely out of school-aged kids. However, the stories are too funny, the content too brutally honest for me to stamp an age limit on it, so if you're okay with a little bit of profanity (nothing they probably haven't heard already), I'd say middle school and up will get a kick out of it. After giving me more laughter and connection than I've experienced from any other book in a long time, I've put Hyperbole and a Half firmly at the top of my list, and I strongly suggest you do the same (if you haven't already).
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Kelsie O'Dea, November 13, 2013 (view all comments by Kelsie O'Dea)
I had completely forgotten that I had preordered this book, but I couldn't be more glad that I did. This book is funny, sweet, and witty. Plus, now when people I know say "Clean ALL the things!" but look at me like I am insane when I start talking about how awesome Allie Brosh is, I have something to hit them with!
I hope she writes another book.
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Local author Allie Brosh uses MS Paint and her inspired prose to create hilarious and poignant stories and essays. Whether she's discussing her dogs, depression, hot sauce, or her childhood, Brosh is insightful and darkly comic. Half original material, half reprinted from her very popular website.
by Mary Jo
by Sarah M.,
I try to stay away from the most popular titles — but I loved this book. Every story drove me into hyperventilating paroxysms of giggles. It's the kind of hysteria I only achieve when I finally see what's so funny about all the things I waste time fretting over.
by Sarah M.
Allie Brosh has won the Internet. Including new material along with some of her most popular blog postings, Hyperbole and a Half is extraordinary. Brosh's book is hilarious throughout and, with the most accurate description of depression that I have ever encountered, very moving. Could it be said that Hyperbole and a Half is borken? No, is not borken IS GREAT BOOK.
by Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened,
"You're not allowed to describe yourself as a 'renowned Internet sensation' unless you're a Keyboard Cat or Allie Brosh. Reading 'Hyperbole and a Half' is my go-to method for getting undepressed."
by Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish (The Atlantic),
“The whole blog is inspired.”
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. In her typical self-deprecating and dramatic manner (hence the hyperbole reference), she tells personal stories that name things we can all relate to, including fear, love, depression and hope. Perhaps the most endearing thing about her writing is that she approaches her subject matter from a vulnerable, childlike place, complete with Paintbrush caricatures that have arguably already earned iconic status....Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful."
by Michael Humphrey, True/Slant,
"Here's a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist....[Brosh's] naïve art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes."
by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com,
"Once I started reading Hyperbole and a Half, I found myself unable to stop — except to laugh uproariously."
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:
Pictures Words 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!
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