I’m back with another book review! Finally! I’ve been meaning to do more of these, but it gets harder when you get lazier. (hashtag relatable) But I just read a book that I want to share with you all because I highly recommend everything about it and that book is Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess, as I would come to know her. Furiously Happy is Jenny’s second memoir, which deals with all types of mental disorders Jenny suffers in her day to day life. Here’s the synopsis:
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 terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
I found this book after searching for “funny anxiety” into Google. No, I’m not making fun of anxiety or any shit like that. It’s because I am not one to be taken seriously, so when I was trying to find books that deal with anxiety, I wanted something funny. Not those serious medical looking books that I don’t want to read. They make anxiety look even more terrifying than it actually is. Anyways, I decided to search for “funny anxiety” because I had just suffered a severe panic attack about a week before. Worst one I’ve ever had. It was scary and I’m not a fan of scary, (I’m referring to real life stuff, not horror films. I LOVE that type of scary.), so I decided to find something funny to help me understand it a bit more. And this was that. I borrowed it from the library and it finally came in this past Monday. I grabbed it and found it to be super funny and relatable and informative and everything I wanted out of a funny memoir about anxiety.
Jenny suffers far more than just panic attacks and general anxiety and she isn’t afraid to tell us all about it. I find that insanely brave and amazingly wonderful, but she does it so easily, at least from the readers perspective. She gives us details about her life and what it’s like inside her mind on a day to day basis and it’s incredible to see how she copes with it all. I hardly could handle a panic attack, I have no clue how I would react to the mental illness’ Jenny faces. But she faces them. And that’s beautiful. She lets us know that she has horrible days, but Jenny also tells us that she has wonderful days that she appreciates even more DUE to her mental illness, how she finds these certain moments where she knows she’ll be okay and that even though mental illness’ can be shitty, they give you a new appreciation for every good day you have. She’s inspiring, but also credits her inspiration from the readers and commenters on her blog and through Twitter. It’s all a cycle that benefits everyone who needs the extra love and acknowledgement that life will be okay. (The epilogue was one of my favorite things I’ve read this year and was comforting on a whole other level.)
And did I mention this book is funny?! Like cry laughing funny?! Jenny’s sense of humor is a rare thing and it comes across magnificently through her writing. I loved it every joke, every poke as life, every thought that would manifest into something even funnier. Basically, please read this if you need some funny in your life.
So what did I think? I think you should read this! Read it now! As in download it on your Kindle, then buy a physical copy for your shelf because it features the cutest taxidermy raccoon on the cover that you’ll ever see. Also because it’s just plain amazing. And funny. Definitely giving this 5/5 Rory’s!