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.
This book is beautiful. And I mean the book, you won’t look beautiful reading it because you’ll be laughing so hard your crying. This book is so funny. I had to take breaks and close the book at time just so I could regain my composure and finish the chapter. If you want a workout but don’t want to leave the couch- this is the book for you. My abs are still sore.
But it’s got a lot more to it than that. This book covers mental illness in a very real light. It’s well done because it covers both the good and the bad that come with it. I know very well about those up and downs because I have bipolar disorder. And you know, her honesty is refreshing. It makes you realize that you’re not alone. It makes you more compassionate about something terrible while making you laugh.
It’s not a heavy book but it has a few heavy chapter, but don’t let that push you away from this book. Those heavy chapters help make the book real, not just a book full of out of this world stories (that are all remarkably true- and wonderful).
What am I telling you? I’m telling you go read this book right now!
I give this book five out of five stars.