Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Author: Allie Brosh
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Pages: 369
Source: Library, paperback

I feel ashamed for saying this, but I’d never heard of Allie Brosh or her popular blog, Hyperbole and a Half until four months ago when a friend of mine used it as the basis for an assignment. She described Hyperbole and a Half as a humorous memoir chronicling Brosh’s upbringing, bouts with depression, the love of her two dogs, Helper Dog and Simple Dog, and her general thoughts on stuff.

As someone who had never read Brosh’s blog, I found her style to be very refreshing. My favourite story is when she was four years old and wanted a piece of her grandfather’s birthday cake. Since her mother had to hide it or put it out of reach, she went to great lengths in order to get at it. She ran into boxes, climbed a fridge, threw a temper tantrum, and finally, climbed through her grandparents’ bedroom window. Then she ate the entire cake. I think I enjoyed this story, not only because it’s so amusing, but I could relate to it. No, I haven’t eaten an entire cake in one sitting, but I know the feeling of wanting something so bad that you’ll do almost anything to get it. Brosh is very relatable and doesn’t sugar coat any of her feelings.

This is a graphic novel that is so absorbing it can be read in one sitting. The text between the images slow you down a little bit, but everything is so entertaining that you just won’t care. If her self-deprecating attitude doesn’t win you over, her amusing cartoons definitely will.

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