Recently my sister came to visit me, and one of the things I love about my sister is she always brings me gifts galore. This visit, she brought me a book called “Hyperbole and a Half,” written by Allie Brosh.
Maybe I had been living under a rock or something, but I had never heard of the phenomenon of “Hyperbole and a Half” until rather recently. This is only surprising because it’s actually kind of a big deal. Not only is it a big deal, but it is laugh out loud funny and unlike anything else I’ve ever read.
In 2009, Brosh started a blog with the same name, and it gained fame rather quickly. Her blog is a web comic that she illustrates herself.
When the website became popular, she took a few of her favorite stories from the website and wrote a few new stories to create a book filled with color illustrations and comical anecdotes. It is essentially a picture book for adults.
Not only are the stories in the book absolutely hilarious, but her drawings will crack you up as well.
These comics range from stories of her childhood to stories about her relationship. A lot of the comics are dark, dealing with her depression and anxiety. The star stories—in my opinion—all revolve around her dogs, though.
Brosh’s voice is so clearly defined within the context of her work. After reading only a couple of her stories, you will feel like you know and understand Brosh. Regrettably, if you’re anything like me, you will probably connect with her on some level too—which will probably make the stories funnier to you.
While each comic is completely ridiculous, it is ridiculous in a great way. I read every story, and I laughed at each and every one. It’s a great way to escape your daily activities and just enjoy a few minutes of laughter.
Whether you have a ton of time on your hands or hardly any time at all, you can definitely fit “Hyperbole” into your busy schedule.
Unlike a novel, it doesn’t matter how much or how often you read it, because none of the stories are actually connected so you can go at your own pace. You may not have time to get immersed into lengthy novel, but you certainly have time for a ten page short story that is destined to put a smile on your face.
“Hyperbole and a Half” is a fresh new take on blogging and humor books alike. If you are a fan of humor books or blogs, you should definitely shell out the cash for this one-of-a-kind read. If you love to read but are looking for something other than a novel, this may just be for you too.
Next time you are looking for a good laugh, trust me, and try “Hyperbole and a Half.”
*Photo Credit: Original drawings from “Hyperbole and a Half”