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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Author: Jenny Lawson
In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, Furiously Happy, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781250077004
ISBN-10: 1250077001
Publication Date: 9/22/2015
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 124
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loregess avatar reviewed Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things on + 175 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Lawson's ups and downs with depression are...inspiring. Even through the worst of times she forces herself to understand and realize that it is not always going to be bleak and painful. She is a fighter - what I like most is that she is not one bit pretentious. She is delightfully quirky - she knows she's not perfect, and she doesn't try to be. Her husband deserves mad props as well. He's so supportive and calls her on her BS without being mean about it. They share a lovely relationship. They are both hysterical and bring out the best in one another. I look forward to reading more about their journey together.
esjro avatar reviewed Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things on + 723 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Meh. Jenny Lawson's first book was much funnier. Furiously Happy is meant to be an honest yet humorous account of living with mental illness. I'll assume that the former is true, but it failed in the latter. Unfortunately, this book about depression seems...... depressing.
babycronin avatar reviewed Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I laughed out loud through the whole book! Her honest look at mental illness will help many of us be more real and less ashamed.
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Minehava avatar reviewed Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things on + 845 more book reviews
I wanted to like this book. I liked the idea of approaching the distress of mental illness from a lense of absurdity, but instead of being humorous it is written as though the author is in the grips of a manic episode. It feels that she is selling the idea that the opposite extreme from depression (mania) is somehow positive, adaptive, and healthy. This is not funny and irreverent, as I expected, but rather illustrative of an inherently unhealthy, frenetic, potentially delusional state.

I won't comment on her opinion and approach to mental illness. I know it can be offensive and it's very personal to some people. I'll just say I was actually looking for a good read about self acceptance and instead I got the painfully annoying 6-paragraph intro to a recipe on a mommy blog. She wore me out. My analogy of this book: Imagine sitting in the window seat of a plane flying non-stop from the East Coast to Hawaii (a 12 hr flight), and the passenger next to you never shuts up- never! Every single life story-every single whiz of a thought- even the narrative dialogues in his/her brain are spoken about.


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