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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened [Paperback]

Allie Brosh
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31 Oct 2013

Hilarious stories about life's mishaps from the creator of the immensely popular blog 'Hyperbole and a Half'. Fully illustrated with over 50% new material.

Hyperbole and A Half is a blog written by a 20-something American girl called Allie Brosh. She tells fantastically funny, wise stories about the mishaps of her everyday life, with titles like 'Why Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving' and 'The God of Cake'. She accompanies these with naive drawings using Paint on her PC.

Brosh’s website receives millions of visitors a month and hundreds of thousands of per day.

Now her full-colour debut book chronicles the many “learning experiences” Brosh has endured as a result of her own character flaws. It includes stories about her rambunctious childhood; the highs and mostly lows of owning a mentally challenged dog; and a moving and darkly comic account of her struggles with depression.

Poignant and uproarious - think Cyanide and Happiness but with story-lines, cake and dogs.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (31 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0224095374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224095372
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hilarious collection" (Mashable)

"Will certainly help you, should you perhaps decide to indulge in a spot of “self-gifting” in this instance, survive Christmas with your more crazed relatives" (Rachel Cooke Observer)

"Fantastic, hilarious, emotional" (Mayaland)

"You may have to push this book away for fear you'll hurt yourself laughing, but its wisdom and humanity – no hyperbole here – are too magnetic to keep at bay for long" (Mary Pols People Magazine)

"Honest, poignant and ridiculously silly in all the best ways and I'm better for having read it. Plus, doggies!" (Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess)

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Hilarious stories about life's mishaps from the creator of the immensely popular blog 'Hyperbole and a Half'. Fully illustrated with over 50% new material.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ ALL THE THINGS! 10 Nov 2013
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Allie Brosh is the creator of the award winning blog "Hyperbole and a Half". Allie writes and illustrates stories from her childhood, anecdotes about her dogs and a candid account of her own struggle with depression. Allie depicts her comic persona usually wearing a pink dress with y shaped hands and a blonde shark fin ponytail.

And now she FINALLY has her own book (hooray)!

What makes Hyperbole so wonderful is Allie's mix of charming, whimsical drawings (all done using a simple program called `Paintbrush') and introspective, uproarious and honest to a fault prose.
The facts: This book is A5 size with 371 colourful pages. There are 18 comics in total, 11 new stories and 7 favourites from the blog. (4 of her stories include her beloved pets: Helper Dog and Simple Dog!)

Just for those die-hard fans (stalkers of the blog, much like myself) here are a few notes:
There is no Spaghatta Nadle! Our favourite nadle with the spach ampadamant is not here (maybe he'll get his own comic book one day!)
For whatever reason, Allie has chosen to change a few drawings. Example: The God of Cake - some of the pictures are different to those in the blog.

Of the 11 new stories, we learn how Allie motivates herself - through shaming; Helper dog has issues and how to distract your kids with pine cones if you're ever lost in the forest (I feel sorry for Allie's mom)

Buy it, read it, share it - ALOT! (ha - the ALOT is better than you at Everything - see Hyperbole Blog: April 2010)

P.S. Allie, if you're reading this - there damn well better be a volume 2!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allie, you're a marvel 11 Mar 2014
By elnor
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I got this for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day... we've been following Allie's blog for years.

When it arrived, I thought I should browse through it for a sneak preview, (just to make sure he would like it) and I have to say- NEVER read this while drinking a cup of tea at the same time. Or any liquid, for that matter.

I laughed so hard I nearly spewed hot tea all over it, and I had to put it aside in case I ended up by giving him a stained, soggy book as a gift.

Nearly a month later, we've both read it now- and it is brilliant. The illustrations are great... quirky and unique, but so expressive- and so, so funny, even when she write about the depression she has struggled with, and more serious ruminations on her life in general. In fact, I think that her depiction of depression using the dead goldfish is the BEST explanation of depression I've ever seen, and anyone planning on becoming a therapist or counselor should have to read it.

I was going to choose a favourite bit, but I can't- I like them all. The trip to the dentist, the letter from her ten-year old self, the psychopathic goose, her mad dogs, (and her attempts to train them) and CAKE, (actually, that one might be my favourite) and all the rest. I'm sitting here with it and going through it again laughing over Helper Dog in the snow, which is why it's now taken me over half an HOUR to write this review. I'm never going to get to the shops.

As to the book itself...it's much thicker than I had anticipated- 369 pages, full-colour printing on good quality paper that actually feels nice.

Buy it.... so she'll do a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Buy it already! 4 Jun 2014
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Allie is great. If real life was The Adventures of Paddington (as told by Michael Hordern) she'd be a 3D object. This book made me laugh until snot ran out of my nose.

It's not all laughs though. Hyperbole and a Half is perhaps most renowned for Allie's interpretation of the experience of depression. She's done something that has defeated the finest minds in history by explaining exactly what this disease is like in a way anyone can understand. I think she deserves some kind of Nobel prize for this, it's so funny, so poignant and so true. As one comment on her blog put it "I didn't think it could be put into words. You may have just saved my life".

But that's not the pinnacle of this book. The final two chapters are another epic journey into the human psyche that puts centuries of academia to shame. They are startlingly honest and raw. They are also so funny it's actually difficult to breathe while reading them.

My only complaint is this: some of the artwork, including the familiar 'ALL the things' meme image, has been altered from the original blog versions. I prefer the originals. I wonder if Allie did this to rationalise her style (which evolved rapidly) or if it was publisher requested. The upside is that Allie retains full copyright control of the originals and they're still up on her blog for all to see.

In summary; simply awesome.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Nov 2013
By j cable
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Just got this as a gift and its making me laugh outloud. so funny and so different. the author has such an amazing take on situations. This is a book I'll be buying for friends and I know I'll dip into again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and moving blog-turned-book 2 Feb 2014
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Hyperboleandahalf.com is a popular blog started by Allie Brosh in 2009 that sets out stories from her life to an accompaniment of crudely drawn (but completely hilarious) comic strips. This book contains a mix of existing material from her blog and new strips.

I had heard of Brosh’s blog and seen some of the strips, but had never checked it out. As a result, all of the material in the book was new to me but those who do know the blog may find it old news. The comic strips are crudely drawn but that’s kinda the point and it’s amazing how much emotion Brosh manages to pack into the pictures – particularly those relating to her account of dealing with depression. I found it a hilarious and moving read and would definitely check out Brosh’s blog and any further books with the caveat that given how expensive the book is, I’d prefer to buy something with all new material rather than another collection.

My favourite strips were the stories from her childhood – especially the account of the battle with her mother over a chocolate cake, which had me doubled over and Brosh’s account of the day a goose invaded her home (which made me laugh so much on my commute that latte shot out of my nose). However, there are serious sections in the book and I think her account of depression is very moving. Having suffered myself with it in the past, I could really relate to what she was saying – notably about how useless it is to be given advice – and as such, I would recommend it to anyone who knows someone with the condition.

All in all, I completely enjoyed this book and would have no hesitation in recommending it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great read, laugh out loud hilarious and spot on ...
Absolutely great read, laugh out loud hilarious and spot on about a lot of things. I've been a fan of the blog for a long time now, and the new stories in here were a joy. Read more
Published 2 days ago by gummybear
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a public service
I bought this for my kids, partly because I'd read the quite excellent account of depression. Every child should know what real depression feels like to someone, there's not enough... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, touching and hilarious
I only found the comic online recently, and felt compelled to support by buying the book. Wonderful, touching and hilarious.
Published 2 days ago by Hamish Drummond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looooooooooooove this! Proper laugh out loud.
Published 15 days ago by Boz
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed until i cried
Allie Brosh is a genius. I literally laugh until i cry, and then come back for more.
Published 17 days ago by meg
5.0 out of 5 stars Buttock clenchingly on the money
She is such a deft artist, her drawings are really spare but communicate so much. Allie really makes me laugh.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Buy it!
This is a gorgeous, hilarious, heartwrenching and companionable book. You feel very safe and as though you are listening to a dear friend while you read it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Very original Pen and ink perfectly illustrating personal insights which are concurrently hilarious and painful. Allie deserves to be read.
Published 1 month ago by Quality in Care
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it.
Anyone who knows Allie Brosh's wonderful illustrated stories will know what to expect here.

Well worth buying to have them all in one place, show tangible gratitude for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. J. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
Having read Allie's online version of Hyperbole and a Half, when I found out she was publishing a book it went straight onto my wish list on Amazon. It doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara S
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