Allie Brosh’s book, Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened, is not for everyone. It's a collection of illustrated short stories chronicling the author's personal struggles dealing with everyday life. Either you will connect with her style right away or you won't. Judging by the popularity of the book and her blog of the same name, she's connecting with a legion of fans and supporters. I'm one them. The thing I love about her work is the way her purposefully child-like drawing and self-deprecating humor combine to make complex emotions like anxiety and depression visible in a highly accessible way.
It's me on the inside. That's what I'm like when I view myself. I am this crude absurd little thing, this squiggly little thing on the inside. So it's more of a raw representation of what it feels like to be me. Allie Brosh talking to Terry Gross on NPR about her artwork
Anxiety is no stranger to many of us. The authors of these three books allow us to see their personal demons. Who knew cheese could be frightening? But more than that, they help us to see our way to understanding and compassion.