Hyperbole and A Half

Hyperbole and A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Book - 2013
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Brosh is a connoisseur of the human condition. In her typical self-deprecating and dramatic manner (hence the hyperbole reference), she tells personal stories that name things we can all relate to, including fear, love, depression and hope. Perhaps the most endearing thing about her writing is that she approaches her subject matter from a vulnerable, childlike place, complete with Paintbrush caricatures that have arguably already earned iconic status. . . . Part graphic novel, part confessional, overall delightful.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©2013.
Edition: First Touchstone paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451666175
1451666179
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 BRO
Characteristics: x, 369 pages :,color illustrations ;,21 cm.

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jezicuhh
Jan 31, 2018

Absolutely hilarious. As soon as I finished the book, I went to buy a copy on Amazon. I will pick this book up anytime I'm down as it is guaranteed to make me laugh!

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Ethan_4518
Dec 26, 2017

Looking forward to this after reading "What If" from Randall Munroe.

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BLAIR NIELSON
Dec 06, 2017

The MS Paint doodles really help the stupid but hilarious stories.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 07, 2017

This book provides a touching and witty approach to dealing with the oddities of life and shows that there’s a silver lining in every problem, or at least a laugh. It was a refreshing read that was very down to Earth and easy to relate to, which is what we need in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone, because there is really no specific age range that it is geared towards. This book resonated with me on a very personal level and I’d have no problem reading it again. 5/5 Stars
- @scarletsoldier of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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KayALDes
Aug 22, 2017

Many times as I read through this book I found myself in tears from laughing. The author's way of storytelling is easy to connect with, especially if you have anxiety or depression or love grammar.

AL_SARAH May 02, 2017

This graphic novel provides insight into the author's quirky mind. I enjoyed how she utilizes her cartoony art style to delve into serious topics, such as depression. The tone is offbeat and her writing style is candid. I appreciated the author's ability to describe difficult issues in a humorous way.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 05, 2017

I didn't know anything about Allie Brosh before reading HYPERBOLE AND A HALF and, while the latter half of the book seemed to be weaker content than the former half, I still enjoyed it a fair bit. I laughed through most of it and related to when she spoke about deeper stuff, like mental illness and the cognitive dissonance resulting from thinking one is a good person without evidence. It is a great book, but I recommend taking it in small quantities in lieu of the rather large gulp I took. I look forward to another compilation of her highly visual, truly entertaining blog entries in the future.

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martine6
Dec 23, 2016

This book had me laughing so hard that I thought I couldn't catch my breath! Very relatable, and Brosh's ability to present her struggles in such a comedic way shows how talented this author really is.

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zoeythekat
Dec 21, 2016

Allie Brosh combines written word and goofy comics to tell short, comedic, memoiric essays. It's funny, relatable, and fun. I recognize that the art is supposed to be chaotic and goofy, but I'm not a huge fan of it. Regardless, I enjoyed them and I especially liked the writing which I found realistic, honest, and witty. I had a hard time with one essay where the author tests her dog's intelligence. The essay was funny enough, but the author's use of language wasn't exactly P.C.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 15, 2016

No book has ever made me laugh harder. Ever.

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BLAIR NIELSON
Dec 06, 2017

BLAIR NIELSON thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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May 03, 2015

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Tuesday5
Jun 22, 2015

Face Cream is not edible- no matter how much it looks like frosting, no matter how many times you try- it's always going to be face cream and it's never going to be frosting.

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bibliophile78
May 18, 2014

Misconception #4: " I should eat bees".

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bibliophile78
May 17, 2014

"Clean ALL the things"!

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DanniOcean Apr 07, 2014

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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