I’m sure you know Hyperbole and a Half. The Alot and a certain frame from Why I’ll Never Be an Adult have reached meme status. I think many of us relate to Allie Brosh’s occasional inability to can, her feelings of inner weirdness, and more specifically, her experiences with depression. I know that for me, Depression parts I and II are why I really felt compelled to support Brosh by purchasing the book.
Although I didn’t actually purchase it, I got it for Christmas.
Now, you pretty much either love her humour or you don’t, and you can tell that by visiting her blog. (So, like… off you go.) Her deceptively simple (and hilarious) illustrations, fantastic humour and deft ability to put things into words are well known. But what is the book like? Is it excellent? Is it colourful? How does it read if you’re not scrolling down the page? And I am here to tell you that it reads well and it is extremely colourful and all the pages feel nice and smooth.
It’s a heavy book, and it’s heavy because the pages are thick and shiny and gorgeous quality. Each comic is presented on a different coloured page, with two to three frames per page. It is compact and solid, and one of those books that is nice to have. I have the paperback, and I’m wondering what the hardback is like. I bet it’s gorgeous.
Included from the website are such classics as The God of Cake, The Party, and Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving. Plus new stuff! I read it all in one go and it is great. It’s honest, well-told and very funny, and all people should have it, especially if you are a clumsy, socially incompetent, barely functional young woman. (All ma fellow barely functional girls say haaayyyy!) Like OK, you can read half of them online, BUT you gotta support the girls in comics amirite?
Look, I don’t know, man. I know I’m not alone here, but I gotta say in this review, that Depression parts I and II were so huge for me, because they put into words the entire experience in a way that is so hard to do, so hard to explain, and there it was just on the website. It was amazing. I cried, I know others cried. And it’s so incredibly brave of her to write those comics and publish them publicly like that. If you’ve lived with depression you HAVE to go read them. They’re amazing. I love that I own them now, in book form.
And Why I’ll Never Be an Adult, because that one spoke to me. I felt understood as a barely-functional person. Seriously, I will never have kids because if left to my own devices I regularly forget to eat meals.