Saturday, January 17, 2015
Review: Hyperbole and a Half
Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
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!
This was a funny book. It really truly was. It had me giggling and at some points flat out loud-laughing to no one. The drawings are so simple, but the expressions fit so well with the overall story going on around it. It's a great book for those memories of bad moments growing up. Or weird moments.
Basically, if you're weird, you're gonna like this book.
I have to be honest, however. The book lost me toward the end of the book which is a shame because I think that's where the author was the most serious in the whole book. But the change in pace...it lost me.
Borrow it, read it, laugh. Move on.