Let's Pretend This Never Happened, and mind behind blog The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson has returned with another bestseller hit.
While Let's Pretend This Never Happened followed Jenny as she explained her life up 'til then in chronological order, Furiously Happy is more of a collection of essays and thoughts that most people don't bother to put on paper.
However, for Lawson, it works - mostly because that's what you're kind of expecting after reading her blog or previous book. If you're new to her work, it may seem a bit haphazard and scatterbrained. But, again, it's okay, because Lawson knows exactly how she sounds and how her work is read, and she mostly doesn't give a damn.
This book starts with one idea - if you are feeling terribly depressed or unhappy, turn that frown upside down, whether it wants to or not. Openly struggling with depression and mental illness, Jenny Lawson tries to live by being, of course, furiously happy. It's forcing yourself to smile in the face of depression and going out and having fun. It's not her pretending to be okay to others, but in fact her way of showing depression who the head honcho is. Sometimes, it works, and sometimes, Lawson finds herself hiding under tables.
Charmingly awkward and hilarious, but still relatable if you've suffered from mental illnesses before or not, Furiously Happy is Jenny Lawson's contribution to a world where often, everyone feels alone. Speaking about her hard times and great times, whether they are terribly embarrassing or cringe-worthy, is Lawson saying to all her readers, 'Me too,'.
Check her blog, and if her dark humor seems like a bit of you, I definitely suggest reading both of Lawson's books.
Title: Furiously happy : a funny book about horrible things
Author: Jenny Lawson
Also available as an eAudiobook and eBook.
Reviewed by Dana S.
Dana S works at Central Library, where she regularly finds really good stuff while shelving people's holds. That's how she found this one, in fact. She didn't take it, though! She put her name on the hold list and waited a very long time for it to come because it is/was very popular (you'd probably get it quicker than she did). Shame on you for thinking Dana just stole someone else's book. Tsk, tsk. Now you've hurt her feelings.