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What We’re Reading: Hyperbole and a Half

Post by Krista Biggs
Posted March 18, 2014 in NoveList Bookshelf

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened

by Allie Brosh

What is it about?

A collection of illustrated stories, some original and others adapted from Allie Brosh's blog of the same name. Honestly, I think the title says it all.

Why I like it:

Big-belly-laughs. I'd be reading along, being entertained when suddenly, something was so funny that I had to put the book down and laugh until I had tears in my eyes.

Even though the illustrations are (deceptively) simple, Allie Brosh manages to communicate a huge variety of emotions and situations.  Sometimes the scenes seemed directly lifted from my life while others, thank goodness, were definitely not. 

"I'd recommend this book to…"

Anyone looking for a laugh and is okay with just a bit of strong language.

Memorable quote:

"Nothing we did helped at all to convince the dogs that we had only changed houses and our new house was not, in fact, some sort of death-camp and we weren't actually planning on killing them to fulfill an organ harvest ritual."

I could relate: my own cats screamed at me all the way from Louisville, Kentucky to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Recommended by Krista Biggs, Content Specialist, Bibliographer, and editor of RA News at NoveList.