Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half
Kristina Chapman | On 07, Apr 2014
Internet memes may draw attention into someoneâ€™s unique talents, such as the overly attached girlfriend and her remarkable parody of Justin Beiberâ€™s Boyfriend, or â€œALL THE THINGSâ€ and Allie Broshâ€™s amazing online blog and equally amazing â€˜self helpâ€™ book.
However, this book isnâ€™t a â€œthis is how you should live you lifeâ€ sort of â€˜self helpâ€™ book, but more of a â€œIâ€™ve been through something youâ€™re currently going through and this is how I dealt with it, so maybe consider something similar or understand everyone deals with things differently so donâ€™t give up!â€
The book is almost 400 pages long. â€œâ€¦To put that in more relatable terms, if the pages in my book were legs, there would be enough legs for about fifty spiders,â€ Allie explains on her blog.
This beautifully printed book emphasises everything that makes Allie’s blog awesome.
She has a basic representation of herself drawn with a pink dress, yellow ponytail and white skin. Her size may differ depending on the timeline of the story and whether or not she is placed next to an adult or a child.
The artwork doesnâ€™t stop at her. There are drawings of â€˜simple dogâ€™ and â€˜helper dogâ€™ as well as houses (inside and out), other people, hoodies and DVDs.
Writing with a clear sense of humour amongst her problems, she allows people to see the silly side of things, like how finding a single piece of corn under a fridge changed her life direction.
At times I wonder how this book was labelled â€˜self helpâ€™ at the local bookstore as Allie talks about how her 10-year-old self address her as â€œ25 year oldâ€ and not â€œ25-year-old self.â€
Regardless of the genre, this colourful bundle of pages offers a lot of humorous stories that makes you realise youâ€™re not the only loon on this planet.