I'm not ashamed to tell you it took me two months to read this book of amusing essays, brilliantly illustrated with Allie Brosh's signature, intentionally crude MS Paint stylings. Not because the book is particularly long, and not because it failed to hold my interest—I purposely postponed reading the last two essays because I didn't want the book to be over.
Anytime I was feeling a little down or depleted, I'd open the vibrant, colorful pages and read about how Allie, as a child, ate an entire birthday cake meant for her grandfather, or about how her mentally-challenged dog had to be taught to climb stairs, and I'd instantly feel better about the world and my place in it. Anytime you can get some reassurance that you're not the only crazy one, snatch it up, I say.
Also included are two chapters detailing Allie's struggle with depression, which are not only self-deprecating and honest, but perfectly describe something dark and scary in an accessible way. She somehow finds the humor underneath the melancholy. Readers are hungry for this kind of brutal honesty—the two pieces became some of her most popular ever on her blog.
A little background, in case you're not familiar: Brosh began by posting her unique illustrated stories on her blog. The site became very popular very quickly, which led to the book deal. If you want to check out her style before reading the book, the blog is a free preview of what you'll find. The writing is witty and charming, but the best part of Brosh's work is the complementary illustrations, in which she draws herself as a sort of stick person in a pink dress with a yellow cone of hair. The drawings are crude, childlike, but that just makes them more endearing, and they perfectly match the humorous tone of Brosh's writing.
Bottom line: Read this book, and learn that picture books aren't just for kids.