Sonian Book Club: Hyberbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

Laura Zizek reading Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Shannon Cuciz / Ryersonian Staff)

Laura Zizek reading Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh (Shannon Cuciz / Ryersonian Staff)


Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh

Genre: Graphic memoir/humour

Pages: 384

Plot: Brosh’s playful memoir seamlessly brings together stories about cakes, dogs and depression in one colourful book.

Why you should read it: You may look like a fool laughing on the subway, but it’s all worth it. Brosh first came to Internet fame with her blog, which has the same title as her book. Her memoir compiles some of the website’s most popular posts with some new stories. She mixes the written word with illustrations and manages to balance humour with recollections of her depression.

Brosh tells stories from her childhood, like the time her mother made a cake for her grandfather’s birthday and she spent the whole day plotting ways to evade her mother to eat the cake. She also includes stories from her adult life, in which she discusses how she will feel like a ‘proper’ adult, something many university students can relate too.

Throughout Brosh’s humorous stories there are gems of truth that make this book not just funny but compelling.

Hyperbole and a Half is a refreshing and quick read, which will surely have you in stitches.


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