Hyperbole and A Half

Hyperbole and A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Book - 2013
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Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013.
Edition: 1st Touchstone pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781451666175
Branch Call Number: 817.6 BRO
Characteristics: x, 369 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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debstanton1 Jan 07, 2019

Popular online cartoonist Allie Brosh brings her personality and struggles with anxiety and hyper activity forward in this hilarious memoir.

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JCLHeatherC Mar 06, 2019

In need of a laugh? This book is for you!

Dec 02, 2018

I will happily re-read this over and over. Everything Ally Brosh writes is both hilarious and REAL. You will find yourself (at least I did) laughing hysterically while also feeling validated in your experience of life. Also, her descriptions of her dogs are spot-on.

Nov 28, 2018

Funny! True! A fast read. I also eat a lot of nachos.

Nov 11, 2018

This highly amusing, sometimes laugh aloud hysterical graphic novel is a bit long but oh so funny. Enjoy it in chunks and return to read a new colored section as you have the chance. And any time that section deals with he author's dogs you are in for a delightful treat. I really liked most of this book.

Aug 17, 2018

Childish; not funny; not tender; not poignant; not insightful; and not drawn well. Text and drawings are repetitive.

LiztheLibrarian Mar 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and felt at times both tremendously sad and then the next minute was crying with hysterical laughter. How she explains depression really stuck with me, I do not have depression, but so many friends I know suffer from it and her explanation really was eye opening.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 22, 2018

Genuinely hilarious and a refreshingly "real" take on mental illness

brihawkins13 Mar 17, 2018

This is a hilarious memoir in graphic novel form. While Brosh’s artistic technique may seem like a child’s doodling, her witty, offbeat, and self-deprecating tone delivers a level of humor I haven’t experienced in a graphic novel before. I frequently found myself laughing out loud. I especially loved any chapters that featured her lovable "simple dog" and her unruly "helper dog".

Jan 31, 2018

Absolutely hilarious. As soon as I finished the book, I went to buy a copy on Amazon. I will pick this book up anytime I'm down as it is guaranteed to make me laugh!

Dec 26, 2017

Looking forward to this after reading "What If" from Randall Munroe.

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Jun 22, 2015

Face Cream is not edible- no matter how much it looks like frosting, no matter how many times you try- it's always going to be face cream and it's never going to be frosting.

May 18, 2014

Misconception #4: " I should eat bees".

May 17, 2014

"Clean ALL the things"!


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DanniOcean Apr 07, 2014

Yet another book based on an award-winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half is everything the title describes, wrapped up in a hilariously deranged little package of kindergarten-like drawings mashed up with the angst-driven musings of a twenty-something millennial. Not surprisingly, the musings on her 2, 5, 7 and 13 year-old selves are likely to induce fits of helpless laughter in their familiarity. Surprisingly, her musings on her struggles with depression are uncomfortably candid. The intentionally child-like (yet amazingly emotive) drawings and the fact that these chapters are interspersed with the adventures of simple-dog and helper-dog (read: dumb-dog and dumber-dog) actually make the stark message of depression stand out like a beacon. However the guilty-pleasure derived from reading the other chapters – well-intentioned mom getting kids lost in the wilderness, the sheer illogical kiddie challenge of being as obnoxious as possible, the absurd adventure of being attacked by a goose in one’s own living room – these are pure enjoyment, either from an “it’s funny because it’s true” perspective, or “thank gawd there’s someone more messed up than I am” angle. If there’s one criticism I can give this book is that Ms. Brosh left out one her best-known characters, the Alot. But luckily the Alot can be found in perpetuity on the blog itself, hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca. For those who still prefer the weight and heft of the printed page, reserve your copy of Hyperbole and a Half at spl.blibliocommons.ca and enjoy a lot, and even learn a bit.


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