Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems

Graphic Novel - 2020 | First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
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Solutions and Other Problems includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh's childhood; the adventures of her very bad animals; merciless dissection of her own character flaws; incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness; as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2020.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982156947
1982156945
Characteristics: 518 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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JessicaGma Feb 06, 2021

It's pretty gut-wrenching when you find out what happened in the seven years since Hyperbole and a Half came out, but life does go on. Allie Brosh is a master of laughs and sad truths.

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KatieSkarlette
Dec 30, 2020

Just as weird, insightful, raw, funny, and entertaining as her first book, Solutions and Other Problems is also even more heartbreaking in places. Life is like that sometimes, and that's what makes Brosh's work so compelling. She unflinchingly looks at the absurd, random, unfair curveballs that life throws our way. Sometimes we can laugh at them, sometimes we cry, and sometimes we just stare and think, "Well, that's a thing that happened." And that's okay.

Twice as big as her last book and six times as heartbreaking, Allie Brosh really wants you to know that life isn't fair and we have to keep living anyway. You can see how her illustration style has evolved over the past seven years, along with the content. Definitely recommend, especially if you need a reminder to be kind to yourself.

LCPL_Cathy Dec 02, 2020

Allie Brosh tackles tough subjects in this long-awaited follow up to Hyperbole and a Half. She doesn’t pretend to have the answers and she doesn’t know the meaning of life. She does know how it feels to be lonely, weird and self-destructive. She knows that most of us feel the same way a lot of the time....and that it’s okay to show ourselves compassion. I loved this book. It’s funny, sad and authentic. It was well worth the wait.

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Katie_Dublin
Nov 28, 2020

Perfection. Well worth the wait.

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krsbozo
Nov 24, 2020

Big fan of Allie Brosh. She is funny, and sensitive, and talented. But life is a struggle. It's not fair, and it's meaningless. OK. I can relate. God bless you Allie.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Oct 14, 2020

It has been seven years since Brosh published her first critically-acclaimed book: Hyperbole and a Half. I loved her first book so much, I couldn't wait for her next one. Brosh's new book examines her life's events over the past seven years, and she also reflects on her childhood. Brosh's observations are funny and sometimes heartbreaking.

Chapel_Hill_RobynW Oct 14, 2020

I adore Allie Brosh. Her original work and ability to talk about the things that you only feel and can't put into words are renowned, and her first book, Hyperbole and a Half is the only book I have ever read where I was banned for reading it around the people as I couldn't stop laughing at it (her story about giving her dog an IQ test might be one of the best things I have ever read). I was concerned once the blog stopped updating, and then when the Facebook page went silent I wondered if she was okay. When I finally heard she was releasing a new book, I couldn't believe it.

Solutions and other Problems is not as funny as her first book, and that's okay. It is still hilarious, just not as zany. The reason it is not as funny as her first book is because she is now an entirely different person since then (aren't we all?), and this book reflects that. She has had more devastating experiences over the last few years than many do in a lifetime, and she touches on many more themes than she did last time; divorce, loss, and mental well being three of them. The chapter on her sister devastated me, and I found her descriptions of how the world changes after life-altering events to be some of the most moving and meaningful I have read. That being said, many of the chapters are hysterical, but don't read it thinking it is Hyperbole; part 2.

FPL_Annie Oct 09, 2020

Funny, poignant, sincere. The illustrations are great, too.

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clar0sa
Oct 02, 2020

Disclaimer: Brosh will always have a special place in my heart. I wrote my first love note to my now-husband on a page of her first book, Hyperbole and a Half. So needless to say, we've been anxiously awaiting her second book.

With that said - Solutions did not have quite the emotional impact on me that Hyperbole did, but that's a very high bar. Solutions still made me laugh out loud and cry before I was even halfway done, and I read the whole thing in one sitting. Brosh's writing and illustrations remain as witty, biting, and genuine as ever, albeit somewhat darker now.

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