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Book Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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Title: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Genre: Mental Health, Biographies, Memoirs
Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books (September 22, 2015)
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy." -Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson is ridiculous in the best way. She suffers from a myriad of mental and physical health issues, and decided to take her health into her own hands by becoming Furiously Happy. I absolutely adored this book! Many of her chapters are ridiculously random (i.e.: midnight cat rodeos, love of taxidermy and koalas who apparently have chlamydia) but there are a number of serious essays centered around her experiences with depression and anxiety. So while there are random, quirky, crazy essays there are a good number of serious ones that pertain to her experiences living with mental illness.

This book had me laughing out loud one moment, wincing with discomfort the next but ultimately left me cheering for Jenny and the many who, like her, suffer from depression and other disorders resolving to live their lives furiously happy. Not everyone will appreciate Lawson's brand of humor - at times it is a little over the top - but I think that many can appreciate her willingness to put herself out there despite suffering from crippling bouts of depression and doubts that plague her. I found her to be hysterical, but I really enjoy random jokes that no one else seems to find funny.

I highly recommend the read even if you don't like the same jokes that I do.  


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