Friday, 14 March 2014
Review: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hyperbole and a Half was one of the better blogs I had stumbled across in my journeys across the Internet - clever, funny, and entirely relatable for (I think) a lot of the Internet generation - and Allie's book does a fantastic job of carrying over her blogging style from an electronic to print medium.
Full colour, with each section separated by different coloured pages, and with the same goofy drawings that punctuate her blog posts, "Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened" is one of the best Blog-to-Book ventures I've seen yet.
The book contains a few of the favourites from the blog, such as "The Simple Dog", "The God of Cake", and "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving", as well as parts one and two of her piece on depression, the driving factor between the sudden lack of new posts on her blog. The book would have been amiss without these included; it's lovely to have them in a print format so you can read them without being online.
However, rather than just transcribing the entire blog to a book, the book also contains new stories not featured on Hyperbole and a Half. They are true to her style and definitely make the book worth having in your hands.
If you're a fan of Allie Brosh and Hyperbole and a Half, this book is for you. If you're a fan of cleverly told personal stories, silly drawings, and sometimes being struck with how sad and weird and hard life can be, than this book is for you. If you have no idea who Allie Brosh is, I suggest you visit the Hyperbole and a Half blog (Google will take you there) to get a taste of what Allie has to offer.
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