Book review : Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

I can imagine a few of my readers ‘ thoughts while clicking on this post – ” Gone for almost a month without a word and when finally something turns up after a very long time , it turns out to be a review of a picture book . Duh . . .”

Yeah , my reading has not been upto the mark . Honestly , a techie who writes code doubling up as a book blogger for real people in her spare time is somewhat tedious . My brain just can’t keep switching between the creative mode and the logical mode as and when I wish without compromising on the frequency and quality of the creative output here . The logical mode just refuses to relinquish control over my thoughts and I am not able to put down my ideas clearly with all the deadlines , deliverables etc .

Do you remember seeing this face in Facebook memes ? We would have come across this face quite often in Facebook . If you do not know , Allie Brosh is the person who gave us this character which is a favorite with our meme engineers . clean-all-the-things

While beginner bloggers are struggling to write a single About Me page and are turning towards all those how-to posts by experienced bloggers , Allie Brosh has two About Me pages .

ABOUT ME #1

Hi.  I’m Allie.
If I had to explain myself in six words, those words would be “heroic, caring, alert and flammable.”  That’s only four words.  Oh well, I guess I should have thought of that before I started writing.  Too late now.
Here, I drew you a picture of a unicorn:

*A PICTURE OF A UNICORN*

ABOUT ME #2

I decided to make a second “About” page .

I don’t really know what I was thinking .

Thankfully we didn’t have our blogging gurus then to  point out to Brosh that she was ‘ not being professional ‘ and that she should be more serious about her blog . And so , we have one of the internet ‘ s most hilarious & definitely quirky blog . . . Brosh posted about funny incidents in her life – the posts had illustrations drawn in Paintbrush and short explanatory paragraphs underneath each illustration .  In 2011 , after two years of blogging at Hyperbole & A Half , Brosh took a break from her blog for almost a year . She had earlier revealed it to her readers on Reddit that she was suffering from depression . Again the blogging gurus would not have been too happy with this disappearing act .

It is when I read Brosh ‘ s journey with HAH that I realized how blogging has evolved and been ( somewhat ) stripped of its creative freedom . Planning the content , scheduling the posts , engaging with the readers – even hobby bloggers like me need to worry about stuff like these so that we can still get some reader engagement . Finally , almost any thing & every thing has been turned into a rat race . . .

*Review starts here for the reader who can’t bother with my musings*

Brosh says in her blog that there are ten and a half new stories in the collection of 18 stories . So , you will get to read six and a half stories from her blog . My all time favorite story is The God of Cake . You can read it in her blog here . From the new stories I enjoyed Thoughts and Feelings very much .

More than the explanatory text in normal English underneath the illustrations , I loved the scribbled observations that were part of the illustration . Just a snippet from Thoughts & Feelings –

Subject later struggled to open the half and half , mangling the spout in the process . Felt like the carton should have been more cooperative . Already bad day . Headache . Wind . No time for carton ‘ s bullshit . Subject angrily whispering ” why are you doing this ? ” at carton . Carton doesn ‘ t have a reason . 

 

I don’t know about you , but I could relate to this stupid frustration one directs at the poor inanimate objects which happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time  . Maybe , they might be in the right place after all –   like the sofa against which I stubbed my toe and started cursing about stuff being all over the place when I was actually the one who had walked into it without looking up from the book , into which I had my head

Only few people could express how they feel that it resonates with others  , especially on tough topics like Depression . After a lifetime of reading about ‘ not able to feel anything ‘ , ‘ feeling numb ‘  and all the other cliche phrases , Allie Brosh ‘ s descriptions were interesting .

. . . And that ‘ s how my depression got so horrible that it actually broke through to the other side and became a sort of fear proof exoskeleton . 

You can read the post here .

Do check out her blog after you have placed an order for this book . Highly recommended from me . . .

It might be a light read for all the serious readers out there but books like these make it to print not very often . The design of the book itself is somewhat offbeat and definitely the reading experience will be a laugh riot . . . 

 

 

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