I didn’t know who Jenny Lawson was when I looked into Furiously Happy. What attracted me to her book was the fact that it was supposed to be a humorous look at depression and anxiety. As someone who went undiagnosed until last year with both of these mental illnesses I thought I would be able to relate to the book. Plus, it has an ecstatic racoon on the cover with confetti. What’s not to love?
Nothing, apparently. I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud multiple times and could really relate to many of Lawson’s stories and feelings. It was less an autobiography or self-help book and more of a collection of experiences and inspirational thoughts. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or depression you can probably relate to Lawson’s struggles, maybe laugh a little, and hopefully find some inspiration in her words. If you know someone who has trouble understanding a loved one with these mental illnesses then I think this book would also be an eye opener for them (and entertaining to boot).
Lawson’s writing is right up my alley. She is ridiculous and at times a little offensive, but all of it matched my sense of humor perfectly. I did find her organization a little confusing because I was looking for the chapters to be in some kind of order. As far as I can tell they aren’t, but it seems like there were almost purely funny chapters sandwiched around more serious ones so that the flow is balanced. If you’re considering this book but unsure if you’ll like the humor then I’d have a look at her blog and judge from there. If you find her at all funny and can relate to the subject matter then it is well worth the read! Here’s to a Furiously Happy New Year!