Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


Thanks to sj’s post recently, I have been really excited about Hyperbole and a Half coming out. It came out on Tuesday, and Friday night while in the mall I decided to pop into Barnes and Noble to flip through it. I located it, and then started reading the first story, “Warning Signs”. A couple of minutes later I was trying to stifle my laughter and had tears running down my face – I’m pretty sure some of the employees were concerned. I got some weird looks. And I had to buy it. HAD to. Even though I’m broke this week (damn you, week that rent is due), I couldn’t NOT buy this book. It’s too funny, and I really, really love to laugh.

If you don’t know (and don’t feel bad, until sj’s post I didn’t know either), Allie Brosh has a website called Hyperbole and a Half where she posts hilarious recollections and anecdotes with these practically famous illustrations. (She’s the creator of that famous “CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!” image you see all over the place.) And now she has a WHOLE BOOK. And it’s a really nice book too – it has those fancy glossy, full-color pages and it’s pretty dense at 369 pages – SO worth your money. It’s part humor, part memoir, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

If you want a taste of what the book might be like, visit the website and read a couple (or a million) of her posts – they’re hysterical. I suggest starting with How A Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood, Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving, and The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas. There is some overlap between the site and the book, but from what I can tell not much.

I’m keeping this on my coffee table for a while, just to re-read the funniest bits and laugh myself silly.

Sarah Says: 5 stars



  1. When I discovered hyperbole and a half (in, I think, early 2011?) I legit read the entire website in about 3 days and it. Was. Awesome. So basically, I’m more excited for this book than practically any other book ever, BUT I haven’t ordered it yet cause I have issues. BUT I WILL SOON AND IT WILL BE MAGNIFICENT.


  2. I have to get this book. Have to. And I don’t buy books all that often.

    Now the question is, do I just get the one copy for myself, or do I buy copies for everyone I know for Christmas? (Or, you know, a more reasonable in-between option… since I don’t buy gifts for everyone I know anyway…)


  3. I read this last week and looooved it. I got a free copy through Netgalley, and the illustrations were disappointingly small – I’m considering buying a physical copy so I can see them in all their glossy glory.

    The cake theft story/chapter was definitely my favourite. Little Allie sounded like the most hilarious kid.


  4. No matter how many times I read it “Dogs don’t understand basic concepts like moving” gets me laughing to the point of tears. Every damn time. I seriously need to read her book already


  5. I frickin’ j’adore Allie Brosh. Even though in my head she isn’t an actual human, she’s a cartoon person with a ponytail and a pink dress. 🙂

    I’m reading the book right now, pacing myself, picking moments like When I’m A Bit Grumpy or While I Have Ten Minutes Over Breakfast to read a bit for a pick-me-up. I love the coloured pages and I love how heavy it is and I LOVE that it smells like a university prospectus. (Shhhh, just go with it.)

    Also, if you haven’t seen the newest HaaH post, ‘Menace’, you should go read it. It’s hilarious and I choked on my sandwich.


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