Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

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Recently featured in a list of essential reading for twenty somethings (http://bzfd.it/19z5lUT) Hyperbole and Half is quite possibly the funniest and truest book I’ve ever read. Based on the cult blog of the same name, Brosh has nailed the ability to recall situations from her own life and write and illustrate them with her characteristic amateurish style. And therein lies the charm.

The book is comprised of short chapters, usually depicting an event or personal realisation. From attempting to train her dogs (“This dog is uncoordinated in a way that would suggest her canine lineage is tainted with traces of a species with a different number of legs”) to unearthing a letter she wrote to 25 year old self when she was 10, explicitly requesting that she “write back”… Brosh has an uncanny way of taking situations very specific to herself and making them relatable for many; for me, not least because the illustrations look like my best ever effort on Paint.

I myself had never read her blog but you definitely don’t need to to appreciate this book. I laughed out loud at least once in every chapter and its accessible layout and easy flow make it a book I will come back and back to, I’m sure.

Only downside is that its at least twice the weight of a normal paperback but I’m putting that down to the sheer weight of the ink required to print a book of such vibrance!

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