Saturday, December 21, 2013

“Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh – Simple Humor made Simpler

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Book  cover)
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh is not the kind of book that is easy to describe, especially when done in a quick book review format… nevertheless, I’ll give it my best shot.

To give you the best idea possible of what the book is all about, one can think of it as a compilation of original content, web comics, and basically thoughts that appeared in the author’s head.

The book is filled with many humorous and simple illustrations, complemented by short, funny and witty phrases and thoughts which seem to highlight the bright side of life in a rather cynical tone, if that makes any sense.

As I said before, there is plenty of original content in this book (around 50% of it is), but there is also a revisiting of numerous works Brosh has already done in the past. Perhaps the more interesting parts are the ones which deal with depression, as the author herself chronicled her fight against it in two parts.

These dimensions of the book don’t simply tell you what she felt and how she reacted; rather, they are well thought-out meditations which tackle on the problem as a whole and provide some valuable insight for those interested in the subject.

Save for this rather obscure detour, the book maintains its humorous atmosphere, with Brosh finding a way to laugh about quite literally anything in this life. As a matter of fact, I believe that the description on the back of the book’s cover does it plenty of justice, simply describing it as a work of writing that contains pictures, words, stories about the author, stories about other people, and stories about dogs. This is basically a person sharing with us her positive and humorous outlook on life, so that our days may be brightened to.

Chances are you won’t really get anything ground-breaking out of this book, but that is certainly besides the point.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Book  cover)
If you are looking for something to brighten up your day or to make the time pass by faster, I would certainly recommend you check out Hyperbole and a Half (it is also interesting if you seeking to study depression).

Though the humor may be simple and with perhaps a bit of a hit-and-miss character depending on your mood and preferences, I guarantee you will still find something that will make you laugh out loud.



Allie Brosh (Author)

Allie Brosh


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Allie Brosh is web comic author and social media personality, having garnered much attention recently for her vivid and witty style of humor. She truly started spreading her name with the release of her book, Hyperbole and a Half.



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