Sunday, May 31, 2015

Teen review: Humor

Hyperbole and a Half is a book written by Allie Brosh in the humor genre, with a total of 369 pages. That might seem like a lot, but actually, Hyperbole and a Half is a fairly short book. Judging the book by its cover and a quick look at its insides seems to show a silly children’s book with childish drawings. Actually reading the book, however, proves it to be quite the opposite. Hyperbole and a Half is a humorous nonfiction book filled with hilarious anecdotes and illustrations. These stories include letters from Brosh to her younger selves, a quest to validate the mental capability of her dog, the battle of a four-year-old against her cruel mother to reach and consume her grandfather’s birthday cake, and much, much, more.

Allie Brosh is one of the funniest writers I’ve read. Her style of storytelling is unique and incredibly interesting, and pairing that with her amusing illustrations forms an amazing book. There are some other less humorous entries in this book, however. Allie’s battle with depression is described in great detail, making for a truly inspiring story.

I rate Hyperbole and a Half 5 out of 5. This may seem surprising, but this has been the only book out of all the ones I’ve ever read that has been able to make me laugh out loud. The whole book is just an amazing read to laugh and also to be inspired to make yourself a better person. Hyperbole and a Half is a must-read for anyone who loves to laugh. However, this book is for more mature audiences, as there is a lot of mature language unsuitable for children. Allie Brosh is a great writer, and if she ever comes out with another book, I will definitely read it.

Reviewed by Isaac Kim, grade 9

Editor's note: As Isaac mentions, this is a book that was written for adults, so although it may appeal to more mature teens, be aware that it is not specifically written for them (you). However, a rating of 5 from Isaac! There's a first.

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