Right around the time this book was coming out, I heard an interview with Allie Brosh on NPR. Not being familiar with her blog or her story at the time, I was intrigued and enjoyed the personality she conveyed in the interview. I intended to pick up her book, but never got around to it.
So when we picked this book as our April read, I was eager to get my hands on a copy, especially because the format she chose is a new one for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. I found her sense of humor both endearing and relatable, often laughing out loud or reading certain snippets to my husband. My favorite stories were by far “The God of Cake” and “Motivation,” mostly because I found myself nodding my head in solidarity. My two weakness: sweets and my tendency to procrastinate. “I had tasted the cake and there was no going back” and “Most people can motivate themselves to do things simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not me. For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it.” Those quotes should be included in my obituary. (Or maybe not… they don’t necessarily put me in the best light…)
However, I did find it hard to get engaged. Because the stories were short and there was no actual story to become attached to, it wasn’t a book that had me eager to pick it up. Still, when I did sit down to read it went quickly.
As a whole it was a light, easy read that got me laughing even as she wrote about difficult subjects – like depression – and I appreciated her honesty and humor in both. Definitely pick it up, especially if you’re interested in trying a graphic novel.