Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Furiously Happy is the latest book by Jenny Lawson and was published in 2015. In this memoir, Lawson goes into depth about her history with mental illness and how fantastically crazy and weird her life is because of it. She talks about battling depression, anxiety, and many other disorders and how she handles life when some days she feels like she can’t. If you’re interested in a more in-depth summary you can visit the author’s blog here.
When I first heard about this book I was intrigued. Many of you don’t know, but I just graduated with my B.A. in Psychology and as someone who also deals with anxiety I thought this book would be a wonderful read.
Except I didn’t read it. That’s right y’all, ya girl delved into the world of audio books for this one, and well, my experience was a bit different than what I would have expected. But I plan to write another post about that later.
I’m not going to lie, it took me a pretty long time to finish this book. I purchased it from Audible in March through their subscription and didn’t finish it until August. I’m not sure if it was the audio book format or the fact that I was swamped with school and work. Or the fact that my mind and heart wasn’t in it to listen to a book about mental illness when my own was already in the process of rearing its ugly head.
That being said, I liked this book. I wasn’t in love with it. But I really liked it. Jenny Lawson’s writing was filled with wit and sarcasm and at times made me physically laugh out loud. The stories in her memoir were outrageous and made me feel as it one of my friends were telling me these hilarious stories on my couch on a Saturday night with a bottle of wine.
However, Furiously Happy didn’t really hold my attention. It was nice to listen to when I needed sound to fill a void and I didn’t want to listen to music, but I never reached for this audiobook to find out what happened next. Even when there were stories about exploring the Austrailian outback with Jenny in a koala suit. I mean, that seems like something that would keep me on the edge of my seat. I also found myself zoning out while I was listening to this audiobook, but again that might be because of the format and not the content.
Becuase of those reasons this book gets a solid 3 hearts from me.
Like I said, I enjoyed this book. I didn’t love it, but it was entertaining. I will say that if I were to go back and read this book again I would pick up a physical copy. With the audiobook, you miss out on any pictures and add-ins the author might have hidden within its pages. However, if you get the audiobook version you do get a bonus chapter at the end of the book which I thought was pretty nice!
If you’re a fan of books discussing mental illness, memoirs about others lives, or just really enjoy narratives filled with sarcasm then I would suggest picking up Furiously Happy whenever you have a chance.