Meh. Jenny Lawson's first book was much funnier. Furiously Happy is meant to be an honest yet humorous account of living with mental illness. I'll assume that the former is true, but it failed in the latter. Unfortunately, this book about depression seems...... depressing.
Lawson's ups and downs with depression are...inspiring. Even through the worst of times she forces herself to understand and realize that it is not always going to be bleak and painful. She is a fighter - what I like most is that she is not one bit pretentious. She is delightfully quirky - she knows she's not perfect, and she doesn't try to be. Her husband deserves mad props as well. He's so supportive and calls her on her BS without being mean about it. They share a lovely relationship. They are both hysterical and bring out the best in one another. I look forward to reading more about their journey together.
I just love Jenny's humor. Not sure what that says about me, but then again, I don't give a rip.
This, her second book, is not like the other. Well, not totally anyway. There are some very funny stories that made me laugh out loud. Her mind works like a set of dominoes. One thought leads to another thought and then another and then another until the original thought is all but forgotten until poof...you're connecting the dots, laughing and thinking wow, she is as crazy as me!
There are also very poignant moments, when Jenny talks about her serious bouts of depression and mental illness, with nothing held back. That part is not funny and it is not fake or staged or included for sympathy. She is very candid and talks about never being recovered but being okay with that. It has always been okay to talk about being sick, but not nearly as acceptable to talk about being mentally sick. I'm so glad that Jenny is making it okay to talk about it. Mental illness is real and debilitating but it is also possible to live a full and productive life.
Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see which dead animal she chooses for the cover of her next book. :)