Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That HappenedHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
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go to this now!!!

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 which i intended to use in this review, but then i figured the internet had enough pictures of me already, so that one will just be for me.

but i will tell you that page four was not the end of my laughter-response. this book made me indescribably happy, much more than the typical “messy art autobiography” you find cluttering up the humor section. along with Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, this is a book that finally understands what it’s going to take to make me laugh.

for example, every single time she drew a dog, i fell in love a little. these are among the best dog drawings ever.

if that’s not a perfect trip into the mind of a dog, i don’t know what is.

one more:

holy hell, but that’s comedy gold.

there are other, non-dog-related treasures; in particular the “god of cake” story and the goose story, but i will leave you to discover those for yourself. i know i have said in other reviews of internet-sensations-turned-book that i was glad to learn of the blog or site or whatever through the book, but i never actually visited them after my revelation, even if i really enjoyed the book. maybe once or twice, but then i would get distracted by other things and never follow through. but with this one, i am going to do the unprecedented. are you ready? for those of you who know me and my allergy to “doing new things” or even “doing things like normal, modern people do” like owning a cellphone, this is going to blow your minds. i am going to “follow” a blog, as the kids say. and there. i have just done it. i think. i don’t know what all these buttons mean, but i am fairly confident that i have just joined the ranks of the modern world. brrrr, it’s chilly. speaking of chilly, i will leave you with allie brosh’s take on a dog in the snow:

i love her. always.

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