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

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442369388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442369382
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,183,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You're not allowed to describe yourself as a 'renowned Internet sensation' unless you're a Keyboard Cat or Allie Brosh. Reading "Hyperbole and a Half" is my go-to method for getting undepressed.""

"-- Jenny Lawson, author of "Let's Pretend This Never Happened "

"The whole blog is inspired."--Andrew Sullivan, " The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)

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"The whole blog is inspired."--Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)

"The whole blog is inspired."

"Here's a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist....[Brosh's] naive art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes." ""--Michael Humphrey, True/Slant

"This site is chock full of childhood stories and random thoughts, all accompanied by hilarious drawings done by MS Paint . . . It'll cost ya hours of your life as you laugh out loud while reading."""--Whitney Matheson, USA Today

"Once I started reading "Hyperbole and a Half," I found myself unable to stop--except to laugh uproariously."

--Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com

Heres a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist.[Broshs] nave art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes.""--Michael Humphrey, True/Slant

Once I started reading Hyperbole and a Half, Ifound myself unable to stopexcept to laugh uproariously.
--Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com

The whole blog is inspired.--Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)

Here s a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist .[Brosh s] naive art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes. ""--Michael Humphrey, True/Slant

This site is chock full of childhood stories and random thoughts, all accompanied by hilarious drawings done by MS Paint . . . It ll cost ya hours of your life as you laugh out loud while reading."""--Whitney Matheson, USA Today

Once I started reading Hyperbole and a Half, I found myself unable to stop except to laugh uproariously.
--Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com

Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. In her typical self-deprecating and dramatic manner (hence the hyperbole reference), she tells personal stories that name things we can all relate to, including fear, love, depression and hope. Perhaps the most endearing thing about her writing is that she approaches her subject matter from a vulnerable, childlike place, complete with Paintbrush caricatures that have arguably already earned iconic status. . . . Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful. --Kirkus Reviews

"This book made me laugh, cry, and leak. It was honest, poignant, and ridiculously silly in all the best ways and I'm better for having read it. Plus, doggies!"--Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess and author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened

"Brosh's specificity is what gives her observations universality, and in her inimitable, hilarious style, she arrives at some real truths about human nature, including the inclination to share our lives with dogs in this way. Brosh is an evocative writer who bares her foibles and shortcomings, from childhood to her present life, with a lack of vanity and a sense of catharsis that is palpable. When words are insufficient, her deceptively simple line drawings add additional depth on almost every page, to create a reading experience that adds up to even more than the sum of the parts."--Publishers Weekly

"Brosh is unlike anyone else in the field today, an Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century." --Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com

My wife, who rarely reads a book published after 1910 and who is difficult to make laugh, wept with pleasure while reading these comic illustrated essays from Ms. Brosh, who runs a popular web comic and blog. I had to find out what the fuss was about. The subjects run from light (cakes, dogs) to dark (the author's own severe depression), and they foreground offbeat feeling and real intellect. Ms. Brosh's inquisitive mind won me over, too."--Dwight Garner "New York Times "

"This is the BOOK OF THE YEAR."--Elizabeth Gilbert

Allie Brosh's artwork may look deceptively simple, but her comics are anything but. She is gut-bustingly hilarious, especially when she talks about her ridiculous dogs, but also insightful and phenomenally articulate; her treatise on what it feels like to suffer from depression remains, in all honesty, one of the best things ever produced on the internet (and it's still somehow massively entertaining, too). Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed."--io9.com

"Allie Brosh's artwork may look deceptively simple, but her comics are anything but. She is gut-bustingly hilarious, especially when she talks about her ridiculous dogs, but also insightful and phenomenally articulate; her treatise on what it feels like to suffer from depression remains, in all honesty, one of the best things ever produced on the internet (and it's still somehow massively entertaining, too). Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed."--io9.com

"Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. In her typical self-deprecating and dramatic manner (hence the hyperbole reference), she tells personal stories that name things we can all relate to, including fear, love, depression and hope. Perhaps the most endearing thing about her writing is that she approaches her subject matter from a vulnerable, childlike place, complete with Paintbrush caricatures that have arguably already earned iconic status. . . . Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful."--Kirkus Reviews

"I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden . . . Brosh's bracing honesty is a gift."--Chicago Tribune

"Brosh captures humanity at its simultaneous worst and best with a razor wit that allows us to laugh at even our darkest of selves."--The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

"One of the best things I've ever read in my life."--Marc Maron

"An Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century."--Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com

"Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition."--Kirkus Reviews

"Brosh is an evocative writer who bares her foibles and shortcomings, from childhood to her present life, with a lack of vanity and a sense of catharsis that is palpable."--Publishers Weekly

"Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed."--io9.com

"Anyone seeking an accessible look at someone suffering from depression or some really delightful dog drawings need search no further."--Time Out New York

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Humor Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Memoirs--.

"I must have interrupted Melinda a dozen times to read to her passages that made me laugh out loud. . . . The adventures she recounts are mostly inside her head, where we hear and see the kind of inner thoughts most of us are too timid to let out in public. Despite her book s title, Brosh s stories feel incredibly and sometimes brutally real. . . . It is no hyperbole to say I love her approach looking, listening, and describing with the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian."--Bill Gates"

I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter. --Philadelphia Inquirer"

"My wife, who rarely reads a book published after 1910 and who is difficult to make laugh, wept with pleasure while reading these comic illustrated essays from Ms. Brosh, who runs a popular web comic and blog. I had to find out what the fuss was about. The subjects run from light (cakes, dogs) to dark (the author s own severe depression), and they foreground offbeat feeling and real intellect. Ms. Brosh s inquisitive mind won me over, too. --Dwight Garner "New York Times ""

In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden . . . Brosh's bracing honesty is a gift. --Chicago Tribune"

Brosh captures humanity at its simultaneous worst and best with a razor wit that allows us to laugh at even our darkest of selves. --The Advocate (Baton Rouge)"

One of the best things I ve ever read in my life. --Marc Maron"

Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. --Kirkus Reviews"

Get this for the smart people who appreciate humor in your life, and they won't be disappointed."--io9.com"

The whole blog is inspired. --Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)"

Anyone seeking an accessible look at someone suffering from depression or some really delightful dog drawings need search no further. --Time Out New York" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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