#1 New York Times Bestseller
“Funny and smart as hell” (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.
This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.
Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to.
FROM THE AUTHOR:
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:
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!
What I Learned from Hyperbole and a Half
I am giving this e-book (which I read on my MacBook Air and by the way was 656 pages long) five stars. Mostly, it is because I feel compelled to support the Allie Brosh self-worth generator (a.k.a. the tricking machine), and less so because of the quality of her book, her ideas, thoughts, creative talent, and ability to draw stick figures better than me. There are a few important outcomes I experienced while reading Hyperbole and a Half. One, my university tutor who informed me he can read 50 pages in three minutes not only impressed but intimidated me with that fact; however, wherease I normally read about 10 academic pages an hour (or three if it is Derrida-like in nature), I was able to read about 40 pages an hour with this book. I like that, and it makes me feel good about myself. Therefore, I can believe for a moment that I am a fast reader and it is only the fault of Derrida and other people who write so convolutedly complicated that causes me to read 3-10 pages per hour -it is not my ineptitude or inability or lack of superior intelligence that causes that. I learned that from Allie, because I now understand how to make better use of the self-worth generating technique she uses. The other thing I learned from this book is that I have an awful lot in common with dogs, specifically Allie’s dogs. I don’t care for that. However, if I do the thing over and over again, I do believe that people will like it even when they say they hate it… I make poor decisions and lack the awareness to know, etc and so forth and so on. Read the book and you, too, may discover about your own depression and dog-like nature. However, don’t read the last chapter, really, you can’t handle it and should most definitely not read it. You will feel really sh+tty about yourself if you do, because if you buy this book, you are probably like Allie and her dogs (I wish I was the stupid dog, but no… I am the helper dog… who also is a little stupid but suffers more because it has greater awareness than the blissfully stupid stupid dog).
Finally, the real reason I bought this book is because it has stick figures (if you like them try the What the French e-book I bought to learn French… it’s hilarious and good for people too lazy to learn French but need to learn it anyway… they should pay me for plugging them but, sadly, I have no affiliation with the authors). I like stick figures, dogs, and people who make fun of -in a very serious way -the dark subject of depression (something I would of course know nothing about at all whatsoever and just no way couldn’t even imagine it happening to a totally non-depressed, not-ever, just no -ah sh+t :(
Not an ideal ebook tho- get a physical copy and enjoy the pictures :)
I laughed, I cried, and I will do it all over agin because this is just that good.