Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Updated: Feb 14
Summary: Mental illness is a serious topic, except to a humor blogger. Jenny tells hilarious tales of what it is like to live with mental illness.
Review: To start, this is probably the best book I've read this year, or even this century. (Frank the Skeleton agrees.)
Jenny Lawson is a humor blogger who has used her platform to speak openly and honestly about living with mental illness. As someone else who lives with the struggles of severe mental health issues, it served as quite a validation. I can relate very much to Jenny's feelings of not being able to get out of bed and feeling like a failure for not accomplishing the same things as "normal people." While I agree with her that everyone's mental illness is different, it was nice to see that I'm not alone. In fact, I'm in pretty good company.
Jenny's perspective made the discussion a lot more palatable. Mental health is a serious issue, but talking about it in a serious tone is just depressing, and that's the last thing depressed people need is to be more depressed about having depression. Her stories are uproariously hilarious. I even found myself trying to squash a guffaw, as I was reading in public, which I managed to stifle into a mere chuckle that still collected some stares.
From being introduced to Rory I and Rory II and their late-night cat rodeos to Jenny's absurd arguments with her husband about cat lamination, there wasn't a single sentence in this book that I didn't adore, even the few heartwarming, tear-jerker moments. Honestly, the only reason I wanted to finish this book quickly was to get online and review it. (Also to order my own copy and her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened since I borrowed this book from a friend.)
Overall, I absolutely, positively loved this book and would pass out copies to strangers on the street if I had that kind of money.