- Publisher: Square Peg (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780224095372
- ISBN-13: 978-0224095372
- ASIN: 0224095374
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,729 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2. People who suffer from or who have loved ones who suffer from depression.
3. People who want to know what it feels like to have beverages snarfed through their nose(s?).
4. People with a sense of humor.
5. People who know how to order things on amazon.
6. People who are familiar with Allie's site and thus already know some of the content and are ok with that because it still makes them snarf beverages through their nose(s?)
7. People who did not preorder this book and so are not now reading it like I am.
8. People who are unfamiliar with the behaivior of geese and/or enjoy cake.
9. People who like books that are color coded instead of numbered to delineate beginnings and endings.
10. People who are not dead.
She wrote this book, some of it taken from her website, and some of it all new material. There are a few old favorites, like “The God of Cake” and “The Party,” and there are quite a few that are completely new — the full story of her hopelessly crazy Helper Dog, Allie’s letters from (and to) her 10-year-old self, getting lost in the woods with her mom and sister, and plenty more.
It’s not all silly stuff, though. The book also includes her lengthy essay on what it’s like to be depressed, as well as her thoughts on perception and identity — and the nature of thought itself. But even then, Allie has a strong sense of the way life’s most serious moments still end up being surreal and unexpected — so they’re still pretty silly. This is in no way a bad thing.
Let’s talk about the art first. It looks really goofy and crude. No human looks like that, with the stick arms and cone hair. But it ain’t crude at all. Yeah, it’s designed to look like it was done in MSPaint — but Brosh spends a lot of time tweaking the art to make sure it looks right. And it’s got a lot of sophistication hidden behind the primitive exterior — there’s a lot of emotion and unexpected detail. If she’s making the art in MSPaint — well, she’s really good at making art in MSPaint, ain’t she?
The book is very funny. You will find stories in here that will make you laugh ’til you need new underwear. But her essays on depression are some of the most heart-breaking things you’ll ever read — and also the most insightful and educational. I feel like I have a much greater understanding of what an absolute hell it must be to go through that, and I know now not to say a lot of the things I used to say. Her “dead fish” analogy should be required reading for anyone who has friends or family who are depressed.
If you love amazing humor and goofball cartoons, you should get this book. If you like a little seriousness with your comedy, you should get this book.
I deal with depression and I have a dog, and the story about not returning the dvd to the RedBox...I've done that. I have done or have very similar stories to some of the scenarios she describes. There were so many stories in this book that felt like the author had peeked in on my life. Anyhow - I ended up laughing out loud reading this book on the airplane on the way home (instead of crying) ...because the stories are so funny. She is amazing at explaining the crud of depression and how your brain thinks when you suffer with depression.
The writing is brilliant. These are not just good stories. The author is a good writer and of course I love the pictures as well. Everything about this book just kills me (in a good way.) Due to the depression, I could barely get through a very short 40-50 page book, and yes this is animated and very easy reading - but I almost got through the entire book in about 2 hours on the plane...and I've reread many of the stories multiple times.
I know Allie has a life, but I'd love to read more books from her in this style.
Recommended for the following: If you have a friend with deep depression and you want to understand him/her better - because it sounds so illogical...then you should read this book. If you are a counselor who has never personally dealt with depression - you should read this book. If you are depressed and nothing sounds fun and you feel like life is impossible and perhaps cannot stop crying...if you think nothing will ever get better...then you should read this book, because it will make you laugh.