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(Graphic) Book Thoughts: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

Brosh, Allie - Hyperbole and a Half


Title: Hyperbole and a Half
Author: Allie Brosh
Genre: Graphic Novel / Graphic Memoir / Humour
First published: 2013
Edition: Paperback, published by Square Peg in 2013

Hyperbole and a Half is a blog by twenty-something American Allie Brosh. Her debut-book –half new stories, half favourites from the blog- chronicles her ‘leaning experiences’ and character flaws. It includes stories about her rambunctious childhood, owning a mentally challenged dog and a moving comic account of her struggles with depression.  

When your recognise yourself in a book, it is always kind of surprising, baffling and worrying at the same time. That was definitely the case for me with this humorous look at some of Allie Brosh’s version of her some of the stuff that has happened to her.

For example I am a champion procrastinator, so the story on that hit pretty close to home! Also, as a dog owner, I definitely recognised some of the doggy themed comics. Dogs are incredibly stupid sometimes…

The art style is nothing amazing, but I love the bright colours and its simplicity works. The stories made me smile a lot (and shake my head in worrying solidarity just as much).

If you like funny self depreciating stories, you will enjoy this. I definitely did!

6 out of 7 stars

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