Reviewed by: Steph
Page count: 304 Pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes
As per the usual Bookland book review format, I’ll hook you guys up with a Goodread’s synopsis of this exceptionally hilarious biography:
“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.””
This book absolutely blew me away. I had been recommended this book by a few people, and to be honest, for no reason other than the fact that a book has never made me audibly laugh out loud, I had low expectations. I’m so furiously incredibly happy that this book exists to prove me wrong! I did listen to the audiobook, and I feel like that added a more hilarious aspect – Jenny Lawson, reading her own life stories, and adding the inflections at the right moments – especially when referring to her taxidermied raccoons, among other things.
The stories in this book are an eclectic collection – most are hilarious, involving Jenny dressing up her cats, or traversing the world and wanting to be social, but also equally wanting to stay indoors and hide from society (and I mean honestly, same). Other stories of hers explain the everyday struggles she faces with her mental illnesses, and while they may be dark, she discusses these struggles with unbelievable insight, and it’s very relatable from many aspects.
The main thing that I found extremely inspiring about Furiously Happy is that despite dealing with depression, anxiety, and so on, Jenny carries such optimism with her at all times, and pushes through that pain and is able to maintain her humour. The fact that she explains how hard it is some days to get out of bed, and socialize brings light and information to those mental illnesses, which I find equally as important.
Overall, this book is a must read for any age. Her humour is timeless and Jenny Lawson is applicable on so many levels. The only thing I would be wary of is if you’re reading this in public – you might laugh uncontrollably like a maniac, like I did (unless you want to follow Jenny Lawson’s and be furiously, and dangerously happy, then maybe you should just go for it).