“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

A couple weeks ago, I was on a roll reading memoirs about mental health. I started with Susan Cahalan’s Brain on Fire, which pricked my interested, then picked up Madness by Marya Hornbacher, which was absorbing though sometimes unsettling, and moved on to Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, which was totally hilarious.

Quick summary:

“In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest.” (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

I cut that Goodreads summary short because that’s what the book’s about and all you need to know going in. You don’t even need to read the rest of my review, unless you’re really interested in knowing what I thought of the book, because it’s best to just hop right in. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it.

I’ve read and listened to several reviews of Furiously Happy, but by the time I checked it out from the library, I’d forgotten them all. I only recalled that everyone who read it enjoyed it and recommended it to others. And now I’m part of that everyone because I too enjoyed reading this and would recommend it also.

Lawson had me laughing before the book began and after the book was done because I’d reflect on some of things I read and start chuckling to myself. Though this is a memoir and is all true, I sometimes found it hard to believe it all. I kept wondering “Did she really do that?” Like when she dressed up as a koala to take a picture with the koala bears. Lawson included a photo of her doing that and still I wondered if she did. Either way, I admire her fearlessness in not shying away from being who she is.

I liked everything about this book and especially the cover, which made sense while I read. However, about halfway through, the humor started to wear on me and I became impatient with the book. I don’t blame this on the book, though, because by then my mood had changed and I became interested in American history and vampires so reading humor would obviously annoy me as much as it entertained.

Overall: ★★★★☆

It’s a humorous, entertaining read with a wonderful message to remain true to who you are and cherish the wonderful moments in life. I’d like to reread this by audiobook, especially if Lawson narrates it.

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19 thoughts on ““Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I have it at home and am hoping to read it soon… Of course, I say that with a lot of books, and “soon” sometimes becomes more like “next year” or “two years from now.” *lol*


  2. I stumbled upon this book when I was “collecting” the books I wanted to read for my Popsugar Reading Challenge. That cover drew me in. Cover + title? That just had to be worth the read!
    And I’m so glad I read it. This book had me laughing out loud – maniacally at times -, I even pushed it in my boyfriend’s face so he knew what was so funny about it. On the other hand, I did feel the underlying struggle Lawson has to go through every single day and it made me respect her – and everyone with equal mental issues – even more.
    It’s simply one of those books that everyone should read!


    1. Totally agree with you on it. And I love the cover too. I liked it even more once I learned the story about the raccoons. How’s you’r Popsugar Reading Challenge coming along?

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  3. First, I really like the cover and the koala story 🙂 The book does sound like a great read. I like that it covers such a serious issue while still keeping the humor in it. Fab review.


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