Author: Jenny Lawson
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Pages: 329 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 8.5/10
Overview: Jenny Lawson, creator of the site, The Bloggess, compiles a handful of essays about mental illness, and another batch of essays about hysterical subjects like taxidermy, traveling, marriage, parenthood, and so much more.
This book is perfect for those suffering from anxiety, depression, etc, and also for families and friends of those battling every single day.
You will LOL, guaranteed.
What I loved: These days, there is still a catastrophic stigma around mental health. So, it's unbelievably refreshing when someone is able to write about their story with pure honesty and candor. I, too, suffer from anxiety and depression, and while I don't mind sharing this information publicly, I love seeing others come forward as well.
Jenny is highly relatable, quirky, and hilarious. I often felt like she was taking the words right out of my mouth during certain chapters. I thought to myself so many times, 'Hey, I've felt this way too!' It's wonderful to know we are not alone, no matter how much we struggle. WE ARE NOT ALONE.
I also found myself laughing out loud during so many of her essays. Whether she was talking about her creative pet-names for her animals, or her experience in Australia, I was highly entertained. There are several pictures included too, at least in the ebook, which accompany certain stories. The pictures were a pleasant cherry on top to the comical chapters.
I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering and surviving with a mental illness. It's also a great read if you know someone with a mental illness. Furiously Happy provides a unique insight into the mind of someone with anxiety attacks and depression. I truly enjoyed this book and plan on reading more of Lawson's stories.
"We all get our share of tragedy or insanity or drama, but what we do with that horror is what makes all the difference."
What I didn't: As much as I adored the comedic essays, I thought there would be a few more serious chapters woven in. Also, Lawson tends to go on tangents throughout the chapters, some may find this style of writing enjoyable, but I sometimes got a little lost.