Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Published by: Flatiron Books (September 22, 2015)
My Rating: 4/5
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Being a fan of Jenny Lawson since reading her debut title, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (2012)“, I was excited to learn of her most recent release, as I was certain it would not disappoint. Boy, was I right! I enjoyed this book immensely. Throughout the entire book I found myself laughing out loud or tearing up, sometimes tearing up because I was laughing so uncontrollably. This book is both relatable and hilarious. It offers a sort of direct insight into the world of mental illness. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers, or knows someone who suffers.
“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” is a compilation of comedic essays themed on mental illness. Author Jenny Lawson, a longterm sufferer, uses her unique, witty writing voice to take the reader on a journey of a day in the life of someone who struggles with their “brain wanting to kill them.” She writes that her mission for publishing this memoir, of sorts, is to offer a sense of relation to sufferers, while also giving insight to the friends and family of these individuals. I found her book to meet both these measures.
My Overall Rating: Although a few of the essays were lacking substance, I found most to be both entertaining and relevant. Lawson’s relaxed and engrossing storytelling method was very enjoyable, feeling at times reminiscent of a correspondence from a close friend. I conclude this new release by Jenny Lawson to be a solid “4” rating. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.