Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things


In LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "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.'"

Jenny's first book, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn't need a bit more of that?

Title:Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:329 pages

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Reviews

  • Patrick
    Sep 27, 2015

    Earlier this year, I was one of the lucky people Jenny sent an Advance Reading Copy of her newest book to.The simple upshot? I loved it. I loved it even more than her first book, which I enjoyed so mu...

  • karen
    May 30, 2015

    my love for jenny lawson is NOT AT ALL creepy jenny lawson, i wanna make you blts and braid your hair. i am really shitty at braiding, and my fingers will be covered in mayonnaise after making you al...

  • Felicia
    Aug 02, 2015

    Upfront: I'm not very objective about this book because Jenny is someone I consider a friend (although we've only met once I think!) and I'm a huge fan of her blog, AND she blurbed my book. But I woul...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Oct 20, 2015

    Jenny talking about her mental illness was really impactful and well done, but the rest of this book didn't really work for me. It felt like she was trying too hard to be funny by throwing together ra...

  • Elyse
    Jul 13, 2015

    Audiobook: 30-day trial with audible/Amazon. I had no intentions of 'reading' this book ( I didn't request it from Netgalley as an early read), but then I read several positive reviews. ( one said its...

  • Trudi
    Apr 11, 2015

    I’m having one of those rare days where I love people and all of the amazing wonder they’re capable of and if someone fucks that up for me I will stab them right in the face. ~Jenny LawsonI AM GO...

  • Mariah
    May 19, 2017

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Jenny Lawson is a women I have never heard of, but by the end of the book I realized that she is famous because people loved her writin...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Sep 25, 2015

    While I've been witness to MANY review bumps in my time here on Goodreads in order to "collect the likes," I may be the first user to ever DELETE MY OWN REVIEW and all of its likes. Sorry if this look...

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jan 01, 2016

    This book is furiously awesome. And I believe I'm mildly shrieking right now because IT WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO READ. It's about anxiety and depression, written in a really random and crazy and hype...

  • Victoria Schwab
    Nov 29, 2015

    This book is everything. ...

About Jenny Lawson

Jenny  Lawson

Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn't classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Her blog (www.thebloggess.com) is award-winning