Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Brosh's Absurdity, Crude Drawings, and Silly Stories Make for a Side-Splitting Book

Book: Hyperbole and a Half
Author: Allie Brosh
Website: Hyperbole and a Half
Rating: Amazing!

Hilarity and chaos ensue in Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed coping mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Allie Brosh uses absurd humor and intentionally crude drawings to dramatize stories ranging from her uncooperative dogs, an unruly goose, the mischief she caused as a child, to depression. To get a sense of the type of humor in this book, one need only look at the back cover, in which Brosh writes how she is not "sneaky" enough to write a synopsis and praise of the book in third-person ("...some might say the book is full of stories...").
       I was hesitant to read this book, even after reading all of the praise and there is a lot of praise (alas, Alot is absent in this book). But that praise is well-founded; Brosh's stories shine with absurdity, hilarity, insight, and self-awareness. I didn't think I would be impressed with such childish drawings, but its that very characteristic that makes the drawings so hilarious! Her intentionally immature drawings enhance the written narrative, making the story sillier and more absurd. Just look at drawings of herself, with her pony tail sticking up like a shark fin, makes me burst me into laughter! Her drawings also make her comedy more whimsical and, of course, childlike, allowing us to make sense of the thought processes of the simple dog, the helper dog, her five-year-old self, and her brain on depression.

This book had me laughing out loud! I don't often do this with books I borrow from the library, but I'm going to have to buy this book. I know I'll be reading it again. If you love absurd humor, read this book!
Don't forget to check out Allie Brosh's blog!

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