Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Author: Allie Brosh
Published: October 29, 2013 – Touchstone
Purchase: Amazon, Allie Brosh
Synopsis: Allie Brosh, author of hilariously acclaimed blog Hyperbole and a Half, releases a compendium of hilarity! It’s part anthology, part all-new material, and makes a lovely book for your coffee table– or a well-creased book on the shelf.
Review: I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed upon cracking open this book, but that’s really my fault. I didn’t read early reviews (or Allie’s page about the book, I sort of just clicked ORDER!!!! as fast as I could), and I was expecting the book to have all new material. (You have to admit, it doesn’t actually say “Anthology” or “Volume One” anywhere on the book.) But on her website, Allie mentions that the book has “ten and a half new stories … and seven and a half reader favorites.”
However, even though I’d read most of the content before, I still sat down and read the whole book! I was actually reading it on the couch while waiting for trick-or-treaters (which, as usual, are few and far between these days). The content, even though familiar, is still ridiculously good, and the new stuff was quite a treat! An insight to Allie’s life is always something to look forward to, especially since they’ve been a rarity lately.
In any case, as an avid reader of the blog for many years now, I still would’ve purchased the book even if it was completely an anthology, because I think she’s brilliant and I will proudly support her and her work. If you haven’t picked up the book yet, make it a point to! And if you’re unfamiliar with her blog, get out from under that rock! (The ALOT and the Spaghatta Nadle are particular favorites of mine, and they didn’t make it into the book, so be sure to check them out on the blog!)