Release Date: 24th September 2015
For fans of David Sedaris, Tina Fey and Caitlin Moran comes the new book from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Let's Pretend This Never Happened...
In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson regaled readers with uproarious stories of her bizarre childhood. In her new book, Furiously Happy, she 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. As Jenny says: 'You can't experience pain without also experiencing the baffling and ridiculous moments of being fiercely, unapologetically, intensely and (above all) furiously happy.'
It's a philosophy that has - quite literally - saved her life. 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?
My goodness where the fudge do I start with this one?
Well, I could start by talking about THAT cover, I love raccoons but a stuffed one with a mental grin on its face, what could be cuter? crazier? awesome? I don't know possibly two stuffed raccoons - yes Jenny Lawson owns two of the cuties, I love her already.
This book is a light-hearted, humourous look at mental illness, to be honest, that is not something you usually see in a sentence is it? Jenny has written a book that is pee yourself funny, as someone who personally is on anti-depressants and has first hand experience of my own crazy brains ups and downs to read about Jenny's own experience in her unique (crazy) way was just immense.
Of course this book does tackle some difficult subjects, Jenny as well as having Rheumatoid Arthritis, high functioning depression with severe anxiety also has self-harm issues which some readers may find difficult to read about. But she is honest and she manages to make is humourous, she started the #FuriouslyHappy movement, fed up with being sad she decided to become FURIOUSLY HAPPY!!
Furiously happy involves many things mainly ridiculous, you could dress up as a clown and skydive, milk a cow dressed as a cow, Jenny's mantra is decorum is overrated, but all this craziness is not a cure to depression.
Jenny has many dark times, she literally locks herself away from the world, hiding under tables but when she feels better she takes life by the balls and goes mad. She visits Australia and meets a kangaroo dressed as a kangaroo, she embraces taxidermy and considers laminating cats.
Each chapter has a wonderful title such "Voodoo Vagina", George Washington's Dildo and my own favourite "Crazy like a reverse fox"!
This is not a book that makes out that having depression is something that you can easily get over, Jenny tells us about her ups and her considerable amount of downs, and you know what I such amazing respect for her. She is a mother and wife (her husband sounds an angel) and the fact she has so much shit to deal with mental and health wise the fact that she can laugh about it is amazing.
From a personal point of view it is really something I try and embrace, yes there are periods when I get crazy down but when its good its good, not that I have sky dived or dressed up as a cow yet - I did once dress up as Lady Gaga but that's another story.
I loved this, it made me laugh and when a fucking, what can only be described a tarantula, stomped by me on my bed whilst I was reading this, I was suitably chilled to only scream loud enough to wake my husband not my kids.
Go forth and be #furiouslyhappy!
Thanks to Picador for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.