I think that Hyperbole and a Half was the first blog that I ever came across, and I was enchanted. It made me laugh till I cried and feel a strange kinship with this stranger who also seemed to struggle with this odd world we live in.
I’d come back to the blog every couple of months, eager for more entries. So when earlier this year, while perusing a book shop in Oxford, I spotted this book on display, I felt an itching within me. I knew that I was supposed to be saving money, but I’d be supporting a blogger so what the heck? I grabbed it and rushed to the counter and became the proud owner of the book Hyperbole and a Half and I do not regret it.
My bank account regrets it since it cost me £10.99 but we shall move on from this swiftly…
Just as the blog has made me feel a plethora of emotions, the book did the same. Allie Brosh (whose name I did not know until purchasing this book, ha) has such a wonderful way of storytelling. In a way, her style is similar to Sarah Andersen’s (see my review of her book Adulthood Is A Myth here), with her sense of humour and reality. But Allie also discusses depression in a unique and enlightening way. It was her blog posts on her depression that helped me understand how my best friend felt when she had depression when we were in our teens. I, fortunately, had not been through it yet and it really helped me to understand how she felt.
Somehow, Allie also uses Microsoft Paint pictures to help tell her stories. It is one of the comic elements to her style of “essays” and adds to the stories’ brilliant simplicity.
If you don’t have that connection with Hyperbole and a Half from her blog, then I suggest having a look first before thinking about purchasing the book. And then, when you inevitably fall in love with Allie Brosh (or “the hyperbole girl” as I referred to her for a long time), then go get her book so you can absorb more of her wisdom and misadventures.