Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half

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:PicturesWordsStories a...

Details Hyperbole and a Half

TitleHyperbole and a Half
Release DateOct 29th, 2013
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, Comics

Reviews Hyperbole and a Half

  • Wil Wheaton
    I absolutely loved it, and I know I'll visit this book again and again. My only sad: the alot does not make an appearance. SO I DEMAND A SEQUEL! I DEMAND IT ALOT!
  • Patrick
    My assistant introduced me to this book, and I immediately fell in love. Oh Allie Brosh, where have you been all my life? Oh. You were on the internet. And apparently all the cool kids have known about you for ages. Here's a link to her website just in case you've been living under a rock like me: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/Go and read some. You can thank me later.
  • karen
    go to this now!!!http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/i don't laugh at books much. don't get me wrong, i am not averse to the emotion humans call "happiness." sometimes i will find myself smiling at an amusing book. i have been known to chuckle, even. but this book ripped out my funny bone and started tickling me with it. not only did i LOL, i was crying with laughter by page four. PAGE FOUR! i even took a picture of my laughter-tears as proof w...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    I don't think I've seen a book that most of my friends agree on as much as this one. It seems everyone loves it. You would have to be a turd to not love this book. Allie Brosh is most awesome. Allie, You should come and play with us on Goodreads. We are nice people. Most of us are somewhat sane. We would have fun and eat cake together. I'll bring the alcohol.Now to the book.So much fun..if you haven't checked out her blog you just need to stop wh...
  • Rose
    Initial reaction: This book deserves ALL THE STARS!You knew that was coming, right? :) On a serious note, I loved Allie Brosh's funny, honest, and charming account of her life through the artwork and narration in "Hyperbole and a Half." This book is a compilation of several stories Brosh has told on her blog of the same name, compiled in this book, along with some stories I'll admit I haven't seen before. Full review:I always have a difficult tim...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/How many stars do I give this one???? Some things I figured out while reading Hyperbole and a Half: Whooops, sorry – got distracted. Okay, where was I? Oh yeah, stuff I learned. I think there’s a good chance I adopted clones of Allie Brosh’s dogs . . . my anti-social behavior is 100% A-Okay . . . cake IS a fucking food group and no one is going to tell me otherwise . . . geese a...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Felt a bit disjointed, which is precisely why I dock it 1 star. Otherwise, this was immensely inriguing, like watching people going about their lives. :)Q:But I keep allowing it to happen because, to me, the future doesn’t seem real. It’s just this magical place where I can put my responsibilities so that I don’t have to be scared while hurtling toward failure at eight hundred miles per hour (c)Q:Fortunately, it turns out that being scared ...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    “Desperation breeds ingenuity” It was definitely a witty, funny read, many times it was so hilarious, often, twisted and yet, still very relatable. It was also sometimes sad but very genuine. Just salute to the author for simply admitting the lousiest things that sometimes come across our human’s unpredictable, messed up heads. The drawings are hilarious and I completely enjoyed the fun read. I know this is not much so do check out my fri...
  • carol.
    Allie Brosh astounds me. Despite her strange little drawings, particularly a self-portrait that looks something like a marine tube worm, she reaches some profound truths in the course of her book. Part graphic novel, part autobiography, she manages to both amuse and discomfort the reader in the best of ways. Though she presents herself as a person struggling with severe depression issues in a number of the stories, she touches on human truths mos...
  • Jason
    I tend to stay away from humoristic memoirs because some of the ones I’ve read in the past have let me down. A lot of them rely too heavily on shock value as their primary source for humor and that’s a strategy that wears thin rather quickly. This book is different. In fact this book is actually kind of phenomenal.Put together by an artist who has made a career out of blog postings containing crude graphical representations of her life, this ...
  • Cindy
    I'd like to say I liked this book - I did try to. And I can't deny the freaky power of Allie Brosh's crudely drawn illustrations to evoke complicated emotions and ideas. But I'm tired of navel-gazing blogs turned into books - this one reminded me over and over again of Jen Lancaster - both Brosh and Lancaster, for instance, tell stories of their unloveable dogs that I suppose are intended to make us love the wild rascals or admire their owners fo...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    This collection of Allie Brosh's thoughts on dog ownership, depression, moving, weird childhood ideas, self-identity, and other life topics is a little random (a lot of it was previously posted on her website). She's really insightful - I feel like I understand depression better after reading her chapters about dealing with it. And her "Identity" chapters delve into the lies we tell ourselves. I laughed even though I see myself in some of these b...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    I am a chronic anxiety sufferer: so I can tell you that the most frightening labyrinths and the most fearsome torture chambers are within one's own mind. I inhabit quite a substantial part of my time there. The constant fear is that one might get permanently stuck there, in the condition we call "insanity". Each one of us have our way of coping so that the tunnels never cave in.Allie Brosh, from her own confessions and from what I could gather fr...
  • Emma Sea
    Allie Brosh = infinity starsHyperbole blog = six starsMy regrets for buying this book = ZEROThe actual book = *whispers* eh, it was good. Yeah, good. Not brilliant. But good.Reasons = No alotsPictures depicting nighttime in a dark forest should not have gray writing on themThe new content that wasn't on the blog was a bit hit or miss for me. Some . . . um . . . can I say it? Seemed like fillers.Bonus star = lush full color that gave me a slight h...
  • jv poore
    I read this once, then again with a highlighter. This week, I am sharing it with "my" high-school seniors and I cannot wait.When the dedication in the front of a book elicits a guffaw, it is a sure sign that the following memoir is going to be hilarious. Hyperbole and a Half is delightfully funny; but not in an "it will make you smile" or even the ever-popular "LOL". No. This is snort diet Dr. Pepper out of your nose, choke on your own saliva, te...
  • Greg
    Hyperbole and a Half ReviewI'm happy that this book exists. If I had known about the blog, like millions of other people, before the book came out I would have been happy that it had existed. But I didn't. Who knew there was good stuff out there on the interwebs?I couldn't believe how much I was actually laughing out loud at the first story when she finds a letter from her ten year old self to her older self and then responds with writing letters...
  • Natalie Monroe
    I finally know where this meme originated from. From Allie Brosh and her fabulous, fabulous book.Hyperbole and a Half is the perfect novel to read on a rainy day because it's unbelievably funny. It consists of random incidents and observations in Allie's life, ranging from toddler cake consumption: “I had tasted cake and there was no going back. My tiny body had morphed into a writhing mass of pure tenacity encased in a layer of desperation. I ...
  • abby
    I am an ugly laugher. This is something I didn't know about myself until I read this book. This is the type of book that's not merely amusing or funny in the way of smart satire. No, Brosh's brand of humorous life observation, coupled with her rough but charming illustrations, will have you clutching your side, desperate for air. My husband banned me from reading this book at night because my hysterics woke him up, and I got a lecture about REM c...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    This book was HILARIOUS, but also deep at times which I really appreciated. It was a nice balance.
  • Florencia
    May 18, 14Will I ever find something like this book, again?!***Jan 05, 14This is kind of how I look right now while writing these modest thoughts.Do you see that smile? That little face. It's like a child on sugar overdose after eating half a cake on his birthday during vacations at Disneyland. So, I'll try to control myself.I was smiling since its introduction. After reading all her “Warning signs” I just knew it was going to be a hilarious ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    A book club friend loaned this to me. I am very familiar with Hyperbole and a Half, have even been known to use an image or two from it as profile pictures (especially the cell from the social entrapment post that says "I'd love to hang out but I have to go sit in my house by myself.") So, already a huge fan, love simple dog, and enjoyed reading this. I'd been a bit bogged down in depressing (yet award-nominated) books and also had spent four day...
  • Diane
    This book had me laughing so hard I started crying. I mean that as a compliment. Allie Brosh writes the popular blog Hyperbole and a Half, and this is a collection of her favorite web comics and a few new ones. I first found her blog when her post titled "This is Why I'll Never Be an Adult" was getting shared on Facebook and Twitter. It's about her occasional bursts of motivation to Get Stuff Done, but how exhausting and frustrating it quickly be...
  • Jessica
    4.5 starsLoved this! I thought it was hilarious and I was laughing out loud at some chapters! I think my favorite was the chapter about the Simple Dog or when she was writing to her 25 year old self.. "Do you still like dogs? What is your favorite dog?" Haha Apparently this author has a blog so I'm going to have to check that out for sure! Some of this was pretty relatable actually... I did enjoy the deeper parts as well. Overall definitely light...
  • Melki
    Allie Brosh knows more about dogs more than Cesar Millan. She knows them inside out and what makes them tick. She understands them. She just doesn't know what to DO about dogs.The stories about Brosh's dogs are fall-down funny. There is simple dog who is basically a sea cucumber with legs and helper dog who will surmount any obstacle to bark at the neighbor's dog. If you are a dog lover, you will find them HILARIOUS.Other tales, particularly abou...
  • Barbara
    3.5 stars "Hyperbole and a Half" is culled (in part) from Allie Brosh's very popular blog. I hadn't heard of the author until I read laudatory comments about this book on Goodreads, and I'm glad I decided to read it. The entries about Allie's life - rendered as cartoon drawings with captions and anecdotes - are funny, relatable, and touching.The book opens with a letter Allie wrote to her future self when whe was ten. The letter - which is actual...
  • Louisa
    Allie Brosh of the Hyperbole and a Half blog = my longtime girl crush! She's irreverently funny and just so incredibly genuine. Readers of her blog will recognise some of the stories in this. (I'll confess to missing the Alot one just because it was what introduced me to her in the first place, but I'm so glad the depression and simple dog ones made it in.)ANYWAY. What, you need some motivation to pick this up? Never fear!(Content removed because...
  • Kelli
    Eating bees is sort of its own consequence. What more do I need to say?Well, unfortunately I do need to say more because I am not a talented artist-blogger (I think I made that word up) who can speak through crude drawings and witty narrative. I loved the familiar cadence of her writing and I was beyond impressed with how much could be conveyed through these "simple" drawings. This book is often laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally painfully sad...
  • Elizabeth
    Sometimes when people tell me they are depressed I have to manage my mouth and work really hard not to do the slow eye roll.I tamp down on the urge to school them on the distinction between feeling blue or out of sorts and the utter scourge that is depression. That is why I GIVE ALL THE STARS to Allie Brosh. She knows the distinction. And she made me laugh, snort, cry, and snot. Listen to this interview for more ::http://www.npr.org/2013/11/12/24...
  • Amy | shoutame
    This is a non-fiction memoir from Brosh which consists of funny stories paired with even funnier illustrations. For me the illustrations in this book made it a 4 star read. I think if I had simply read the words and not seen the images I wouldn’t of found it anywhere near as funny as I did. Brosh shares amusing anecdotes from her childhood all the way up to present day. As well as the comical stories Brosh also brings us an interesting perspect...
  • Jenne
    Fucking hilarious and true. And hilarious.