Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms,
Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
This book is so incredibly cute, it’s incredicute. Yep, I just made up a new word for it. Err- I guess it’s actually a hybrid not really a new word…I think we’re getting off topic here.
If you’ve ever read the Hyperbole and a Half blog then you already know what to expect from this book and it definitely delivers. Allie has a way of bringing humor to virtually any topic. Whether it’s the mundane act of training a new dog or the darkest throes of depression, she somehow brings out the funny.
Her style is remarkably charming and relatable. Even when it is focusing on topics that I don’t have much experience with firsthand, I could still identify with the way she processes it. In fact, her internal battles are some of the funniest parts. I think everyone assumes that having an internal dialogue with yourself is somehow crazy, but we all probably do it. Or maybe I am crazy.
The ms paint style drawings, while admittedly simple, are quite effective. The range of emotions she can convey in these doodles is mindblowing. If you’re looking at them dismissively-give it a minute, they will win you over.
My only complaint is that I have already seen many of these on the blog and was hoping for more new material. Also, it left out my absolute favorite: How Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas. It was my first taste of Hyperbole and a Half long, long ago and it still makes me laugh so hard I cry. You should go read it, like now.