Mental Illness Is More Bearable With Pictures, Obviously // Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

In honor of a book that consists of illustrations that I assume were made in Paint or something similar, my review consists of five pictures made in Paint.

In related news, it’s very hard to draw in Paint.






In Conclusion…

I related to book in lots of way. Mental health can be difficult to talk about, but it needs to be discussed, and it was great seeing a book do that with plenty of entertaining stories. Allie has apparently been writing this stories online for a while before many of them were compiled into this book, so I definitely have to check it out, because I just feel like I related to this book a lot and need more to relate to. I have anxiety rather than depression, but they certainly overlap in multiple ways and this book makes me feel even more introspective than normal. If you want to get into the mindset of someone who suffers and survives depression and life in general, with plenty of stories where the narrator isn’t afraid to eviscerate herself and her childhood mistakes, then this is definitely the book for you.

HyperboleAndAHalfTitle: Hyperbole and a Half

Position: Standalone

Author: Allie Brosh

Genre: Graphic Novel/Memoir

Pages: 369

Rating: 4/5

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:

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!




4 thoughts on “Mental Illness Is More Bearable With Pictures, Obviously // Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

  1. If you liked this book you’ll be thrilled to know she’s got another book coming out this year. It’s called Solutions and Other Problems and it’s due out in October. I remember when I find her blog she put online and I just loved it, I was in hysterics. I don’t have the same issues she has with depression but I did find it refreshing to read about in a serious yet funny way. She helped it to seem normal, not this thing which shouldn’t be discussed, but instead something which she struggled with and found no one could understand as no one ever spoke about it openly. I’m so happy to see someone talking about this book because I bought it as soon as was released and loved it.

    1. Really? I didn’t know that, and I am definitely excited now! And you’re right, we really need to make mental illness normal, and it seems like this book is doing a great job of doing that.

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