Hyperbole and A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Brosh, Allie (Paperback - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hyperbole and A Half

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FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices. Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh's highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations. This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, "The God of Cake," "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving," and her astonishing, "Adventures in Depression," and "Depression Part Two," which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written. Brosh's debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to. FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative-like maybe someone who isn't me wrote it-but I soon discovered that I'm not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book: Pictures Words Stories about things that happened to me Stories about things that happened to other people because of me Eight billion dollars* Stories about dogs The secret to eternal happiness* *These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!
Authors: Brosh, Allie
Title: Hyperbole and a half
unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Touchstone paperback edition.
Characteristics: x, 369 pages :,color illustrations ;,21 cm
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Local Note: 1 2 3
ISBN: 147676459X
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 BRO
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Report This Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hyperbole and a Half explores artist Allie Brosh's almighty id with a kind of courageousness usually reserved for walking on hot coals or taunting killer bees. Based on the popular blog of the same name, Brosh's book features anecdotes and musings from her life, complemented by pictures drawn with a basic paint program. Sheer audacity is one of Brosh's best assets. Her stories are bold examinations of what she fears most in life and how these anxieties form her identity. Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hyperbole_and_a_half_brosh

Report This Apr 07, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, April 2014 (see Summary)

Report This Mar 21, 2014
  • pyrogygirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frequently laughed out loud, then felt kinda weird/ashamed? that I could relate so well to her!

Report This Mar 20, 2014
  • dragonrabbit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Currently my favorite book. Even my 13 year old brother (who hates reading) loves this book!

Report This Feb 25, 2014
  • Kebabette rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ohhhhh so good. So honest, dry, and quirky as all heck. This deserves all the SQUEEEEEs I can muster.

Report This Feb 16, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! This was a wonderful book to read. It made me smile and laugh because we all have our own weird inner monologue and Brosh manages to capture hers in words and drawings. I can't wait to see the next book but I guess I could check her blog if I really can't wait!


Report This Feb 10, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It is not clear to me the intentions of the artist Allie Brosh. Does she want to entertain? Yes. Does she have a grasp on mental illness? Yes. Is mental illness, disability and suffering funny? No. Is lack of empathy to animals and an attitude of superiority to animals funny? No. I was drawn to reading her book by seeing the cutely drawn characters and brilliant color. I went onto her web blogspot to get to know her better and was turned off by her gleeful account of tearing off grasshopper’s legs as a child. By that time I had already requested the book and I kept an open mind. However in the book I had further exposure to her themes of impulsive violence to the innocent and helpless (i.e. children/animals). I found this sharing creepy and non-comic. In her comic essays Identity part one and Identity part two she goes into detail about character defects which are wanting and I would agree that they are. I hope that she does not have pets who are dependent on her ability to understand, accept and love them because it is clear to me that her assumptions of low animal intelligence and her lack of ability to appreciate animals as unique beings who interpret both their world and ours on their own terms and who are entitled to simple pleasures (just as we are) is needing a lot of improvement.

Report This Feb 07, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Admittedly, I have never understood the appeal of graphic novels; I find them tedious and difficult to absorb. However, after reading some very positive early reviews of "Hyperbole and a Half" and feeling interested in its subject matter, I figured I'd give it a peruse. Allie Brosh's blog earned her a 2011 Bloggies Award and turned her into an internet celebrity. Of course, web writing often fails to morph into a successful print form and Brosh had the formidable task of turning years' worth of posts into a cohesive book. Impressively, she succeeds in creating a quirky, humourous memoir in the form of illustrated essays. Though choppy in places, Brosh's wit and the poignancy of her themes override any structural downfalls. In a self-deprecating and often dramatic tone, she tells personal stories that extend to the human condition: ones concerning fear, depression, love and hope. Her caricatures have an endearing quality that showcase her subject's vulnerability and juvenile innocence. Apparently, half of the material for this book was previously unpublished so her die-hard blog followers can look forward to both new material and the return of old favourites like “Simple Dog,” “The God of Cake” and “Adventures in Depression.”

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  • black_jackal_8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Apr 07, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Report This Apr 04, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hyperbole and a Half

Interview with the author Allie Brosh.

Find it at DBRL


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