Maryellen’s Monday Morning Musings

This week’s review:  HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh


A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

Just saying the word hyperbole is funny. Hyperbole! Hyperbole! Hyperbole! Having the word “hyperbole” in the title made me curious. Wait~~it made me the most curious person in the world! Okay, maybe not~~maybe there are curiouser (that’s not a word) people in the world. But this is all about hyperbole, right?

Allie Brosh is an award winning blogger at She. Is. Hilarious. Prior to reading this book I had never visited the blog so I was uncertain what to expect. What I got was a book filled with some really funny stories that told by anyone else in any other way probably wouldn’t be funny at all! The stories range from a four year old Allie obsessing over her Grandfather’s birthday cake to a ten year old Allie writing a letter to her 25-year old self in the future~~laugh out loud funny! And wait until you read the stories about her dogs! Brilliantly illustrated and belly-laugh inducing! The author also takes on some darker adult subjects and in her own way finds a way to relate to all of us with that one-of-a-kind sense of humor.

Allie is also the illustrator. Her cartoons are on the surface simplistic~~but look closely~~she nails expression.

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This is a fun book filled with bright color and funny stories, some taken right from the author’s blog and some new for the book. I’d recommend this book for anyone looking to laugh with the exception of those folks who might be a little put off by a few f-bombs.



Maryellen is a 46-year-old avid reader, runner, and reviewer who lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and their two rowdy cats.  The fact that she has a car named RoxyBlue and has a phone named Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) are only two of a million reasons why I love her.  Couple that with her insight, intelligence, and her always half-full glass of optimism and it makes for an exceptional book reviewer.  I am lucky to have the honor of Maryellen allowing me to post her reviews here every Monday.

8 thoughts on “Maryellen’s Monday Morning Musings

  1. Hyperbole, hyperbole, hyperbole. You are right, it is fun to say. lol Love the illustrations and it sounds like it would be loads of fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

    • Pamela,

      I’m sure Maryellen will write you back, but I can speak from my own experience. It was truly hilarious. There are a few f-bombs, but the wit far out shadows any vulgarity. And her topics are simple, yet FUNNY. You won’t be disappointed.



      • Are you still laughing at the “God of Cake” story? Every time I see a cake I’m reminded! xxoo my friend!

    • Oh Pamela thank you! I just feel like the luckiest girl in all the land that my friend Sherry shares my reviews on this fab blog every Monday! I’d love to hear your thoughts on HYPERBOLE AND A HALF. I read this book weeks ago and I still find myself thinking of a story in the book and giggling. Here’s hoping Ms. Brosh writes a follow-up! Best, best!

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