Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh

An illustrated memoir presenting tales of various moments in Allie Brosh’s life.

After reading Solutions and Other Problems at the beginning of the year, I knew I had to read Allie Brosh’s other book at some point, and I’m glad I finally got to it. Childhood anecdotes, silly dog stories, reflections on depression and personal identity, and one problematic goose make a wonderful collection of stories in this half-comic half-essay memoir.

The addition of hand drawn images to the written stories were wonderful. There are some serious moments among the humorous ones, with a wide range of stories from childhood memories to more recent dog care and general existence as a human. They’re thoughtful, funny, and engaging, but the book as a whole also reads relatively quickly.

With a mix of comedy and contemplation, humor and relatability, I definitely recommend this book.