Monday, September 8, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh

I've been hearing  about this book for a while now but had totally forgotten about it somehow until I saw it arrive at the library per a patron's request.  So I naturally requested it myself.

This is a memoir written in text and sequential art.  The illustrations play a huge part in telling the story - and are the source of many of the laughs.  Yes, if you didn't get it from the cover art - this is a very funny book!  Actually, I would caution against trying to read this before bed, because of the laughing.  The stories she tells about her dogs - simple dog and helper dog - were definitely my favorites.  Of course there are some other gems in here - letters to her younger self, and when the goose got in her house are good examples - but I loved the dogs.  I could read an entire book about those dogs.  There were some more serious chapters though, particularly when talking about her experience with depression, but these are told honestly and in her distinctive voice.
I loved the illustrations too!  When looking at the cover, the figure on the right is her.  Such a simple character, but still manages to invoke emotion and tell the story through her eyes and body language.  And the dogs!  Again, I seriously love these dogs.  I am not a dog person, these are not super well-behaved or smart dogs...  but I *almost* would start to think about considering to maybe adopt one.  Maybe.

If you are in need of a laugh - and especially if you need a laugh and love dogs - pick this up.  Also, she has a blog (where some of these stories may also be found and lost more!).

Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
Touchstone, 2013
373 pages
Source:  Library


1 comment: said...

I love her blog! There's a great one when they're moving and it reminds me of Olivia, the greyhound, I live with!

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