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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Paperback – 31 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224095374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224095372
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,234 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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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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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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By hross42877 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2015
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So after reading the fabulous Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson I was perusing her website and on her blog roll she listed the website Hyperbole and a Half. Intrigued by the name I found myself on the site looking at a cute drawing of a girl with what looked like a unicorns horn on her head.

It had me hooked at unicorn.

I discovered that Hyperbole and Half was the creation of Allie Brosh and the cute drawings are created using good old Paint on her computer. The drawings she has created are reasonably childish looking but literally every picture oozes with humour, her comic alter ego has hundreds of facial expressions, my favourite would probably be this one..

Anyway needless to say I found myself on Amazon looking to see if there was any Hyperbole related goodies, hell yes there was and a couple of clicks later I became the proud owner of this book.

Basically the book takes best bits from the blog along with some new stories and mashes them together to create a fricking brilliant book/comic/funny riotous read.

First of all the book looks good, it is page after page of colourful comic and secondly those comics are accompanied by the wonderfully witty prose of Allie Brosh as she tells us about her childhood, her love of dogs and more stories about dogs, she does love dogs, really loves dogs.

Her two dogs Simple dog and Helper dog feature prominently throughout, they are adorable and as I read about them I totally pictured my furry fuzzball doing the same things.

But as well as being hysterically pee yourself funny, Allie also touches on her dealings with depression but she does it with the aid of her brilliant comics that make a not so pleasant subject a bit easier to deal with.
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Allie Brosh is just as good if not better than all the anti-depressants and mood stabilizers in the world. Whenever I'm having a really bad day, I read her blog on the net and no matter how sad I am, I end up giggling like the lunatic that I am. And now, on the rare occasion that I venture outside of my house, I can use her book as a comfort blanket. I recommend this book to everyone!
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