Hyperbole and a Half

{5/5} “As soon as you became aware that eating huge amounts of salt is really, really, uncomfortably salty, you should have stopped eating salt. That’s the solution. The solution is not to begin eating pepper to cancel out the salt.” — from a letter to her 4-year-old self

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate situations, flawed copying mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened by Allie Brosh, published in 2013

This is a nonfiction book about events in Brosh’s life, like when she was a kid and wrote a letter to her future self — and later answered it. She deals with some fun subjects, like how impossible it is to communicate with her dogs. She also deals with some serious subjects, like depression and figuring things out about yourself.

It’s written in a very readable, humourous style. It’s also illustrated with her own illustrations. The illustrations have a unique style that may seem odd at first but you’ll quickly get used to it.

Everyone should read it — not only is it hilarious, but it will give you some understanding of people with depression.

Her anecdotes started out as blog postings, which you can find here.

This is the 1st book I’ve read by Brosh.

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One Response to “Hyperbole and a Half”

  1. Fiona Scannell Says:

    I think I’ll re-read this one! I remember liking it as well but the details have escaped me. Glad you enjoyed it!

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