Friday, February 12, 2016

Fun Read: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Title: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Author: Jenny Lawson
Series/Novel: Novel
Genre: Non-fiction, humour, memoir
Pages: 329
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Year Published: 2015
First Line: "No, no. I insist you stop right now."

"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.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."
"Most of my favourite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"
Jenny's first book, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn't need a bit more of that?"

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This book was gifted to me by a good friend who knows how much I enjoy reading. This book was both hilarious and insightful. A memoir of a day to day life of Jenny Lawson shows the two sides of mental illness; the struggle and the dark. I've found that this book has really helped me through the stressful situation of my last term of school. Some of the facts about anxiety really hit home for me. This past year I've really come to realize that it's ok to be anxious, but it doesn't have to ruin my life. This book helped to show me that you can live a full life, and if you never know the darkness, you may never recognize the light.


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