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This review is from: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Paperback)
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.