Friday 20 November 2015

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This is the second book by Jenny Lawson, who is a blogger known as The Bloggess. Her memoir Let’s pretend this never happened made her famous and now her story continues. A funny story of horrible things.

Prepare for a roller-coaster ride. Or maybe it’s a merry-go-round? No, no it’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Honestly you do feel for minutes that you are just tumbling down a rabbit hole into Jenny’s world of crazy – yet it is also strangely meaningful, with many quirky, unexpected delights. And squirrels. Always squirrels.

Victor is her logical, patient husband, who sometimes gets her, and sometimes challenges her. He’s great. And her struggles with mental illness and all the exaggerated joys and pains it brings will remind you that you’re not alone.

This book will challenge your sense of what normal is, as you recognize yourself and others around you on its pages. I loved the feeling that we are all so interesting and unique, defying definition, logic and reason.

A quick read, and quite intense. I did think it may be a good option for a regular short-interval stint of reading – you know where, or maybe on a bus journey every day. That way, you will get these intense doses of the humour and wit, and draw out the pleasure of reading the book.

3 out of 5 stars

ISBN: 9781250077004

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