Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson is a very singular book. It’s a memoir about Lawson’s life, her struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues, her husband, and her career. It’s also about her love of taxidermy (her father is a taxidermist), and it’s uproariously funny and touching and infinitely relatable. Each chapter is a new adventure, a new story, and a new experience.
Lawson is upfront about her struggles with mental health. She’s unflinchingly honest. She isn’t sweeping anything under the rug here. While she’s so forthright about very serious issues, there’s also a good dose of humor injected. She’s a very funny woman. She knows how to look at her struggles and make them funny, if only to help preserve her sanity. She also knows how to encourage others who may be facing the same issues by being relatable. She’s a real person, but also a very gifted writer, and a very interesting wife to her husband.
Overall, this book was hard to put down. It was a beneficial read, and it was also a fun one. It tackles issues that literature and nonfiction need to tackle, and it does so in an approachable way. You’ll want Jenny Lawson to be your new best friend, and you’ll never want your experience with her to end. As soon as I finished this book, I immediately added her other book to my TBR. This can also be a quick read, or it can be savored. I also know I’ll find myself returning to the audiobook as a “re-read” eventually. It’s just that good.
Recommend: Yes!! For everyone!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have you read any of Jenny Lawson’s books? Love? Hate? Want to Read? Let me know in the comments!