Hyperbole and A Half
Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
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Yet another book based on an award-winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half is everything the title describes, wrapped up in a hilariously deranged little package of kindergarten-like drawings mashed up with the angst-driven musings of a twenty-something millennial. Not surprisingly, the musings on her 2, 5, 7 and 13 year-old selves are likely to induce fits of helpless laughter in their familiarity. Surprisingly, her musings on her struggles with depression are uncomfortably candid. The intentionally child-like (yet amazingly emotive) drawings and the fact that these chapters are interspersed with the adventures of simple-dog and helper-dog (read: dumb-dog and dumber-dog) actually make the stark message of depression stand out like a beacon. However the guilty-pleasure derived from reading the other chapters – well-intentioned mom getting kids lost in the wilderness, the sheer illogical kiddie challenge of being as obnoxious as possible, the absurd adventure of being attacked by a goose in one’s own living room – these are pure enjoyment, either from an “it’s funny because it’s true” perspective, or “thank gawd there’s someone more messed up than I am” angle. If there’s one criticism I can give this book is that Ms. Brosh left out one her best-known characters, the Alot. But luckily the Alot can be found in perpetuity on the blog itself, hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca. For those who still prefer the weight and heft of the printed page, reserve your copy of Hyperbole and a Half at spl.blibliocommons.ca and enjoy a lot, and even learn a bit.
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