Hello again! Feel like a good laugh after last month’s read? Well, you’re in luck! In honor of April Fool’s Day and the month of foolish pranks, it’s the perfect time for us to read something funny. April’s theme is humor and we’ll be reading Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
Never heard of it? Well, let us explain. It all started out as a web comic and blog by the same name. The author, Allie Brosh, is in her late 20’s and lives in Oregon with her husband and 2 dogs (who appear often in her drawings). She used (uses) her unique, hand-drawn web comic / blog to tell her life stories and struggles in a humorous, self-deprecating and creative way. The first thing you notice is probably her drawing style which is usually described as “crude” because of its juvenile look. But the Hyperbole and a Half blog has received up to 5 million views per month and attracted many loyal readers. So in 2013 she published her first book Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.
This book is a lot like her blog as it tells stories from both her childhood and present-day life. It’s also similar in the way she doesn’t hide from real issues and some personal health battles. For example, Allie has struggled with depression in the past, and she tells that story candidly on the blog and her book. But what makes her story so charming is the goofy way in which she illustrates these anecdotes.
Here’s a look at an interview by The New York Times with Allie Brosh for more on Hyperbole and a Half:
In case you’ve already read this month’s book, here are some other good humor book recommendations:
We hope you’ll join in and read/laugh with us this month! And here’s a fun playlist to listen to while enjoying Hyperbole and a Half…