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In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.
But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
As Jenny says:
"Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.
"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"
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."
Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.
The audiobook contains a bonus chapter only available to listeners.
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By Shawna on 10-18-15
I love Jenny Lawson. Sometimes her ramblings take me too far off topic; perhaps that's the goal? In any case, I could listen to her talk all day. For my own mental health I had to take this one in small doses though.
53 of 55 people found this review helpful
By dudley1125 on 10-21-15
Review by a Social Worker
As a person who practices psychotherapy and has experience in medical social work, I have to say that I found this book interesting, funny, and heart breaking. There were moments when I paused it and wrote down a quote to share with a client in a later session because her description on some things with mental health were so on key. My favorite chapter was the one on anti-psychotics. I believe some individuals with mental health illnesses will find this book very comforting. I believe there are moments when most of us who have a diagnosis or work with those who do can say "Oh my gosh! Yes! That's exactly it!"
However, as a professional who does this for 40+ hours a week, I found myself having difficulty reading the 2nd half of the book. It's not to say it was a poor half, but because I was getting to a point where I didn't want to read anymore. I felt like some of her tangents went on too much and while I know it was important because she was letting us into her brain and how it operates, I found it exhausting.
To sum it up, I do think anyone who has struggled with a mental illness would find aspects in this book that they could relate to and find joy in it. I also think it's a good read for anyone who loves a person with a mental illness to receive some clarity.
106 of 115 people found this review helpful