Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
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Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Life can be shit. Love can be shit. Whatever has happened to you, whatever will happen to you, whatever might happen to you, whatever hasn't happened to you, well . . . you're not alone. Andre Jordan's drawings and prose are culled from a life of heartache and unrequited love. Simple, sad, clever, and darkly hilarious, they tell of both dismal places and hopeful realizatio...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 2008)
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Gary Lee
Dec 10, 2008 Gary Lee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who have loved and lost and gone on to love again
A wonderful glimpse into the mind of a man suffering from a crushing depression.
Perfectly straddles the fence between Beautiful and Devastating.
Staceyb
this book is genius and i think everyone in the world should read it.

i am in love with andre jordan. and his wonderfully complex drawings.

and i even have a real advanced degree from a real english literature program and everything.
Karen
I am not sure how I should rate this book because I really enjoyed reading it, but at the same time, I am not sure if it's worthy of a high rating because it's so short. It took me about an hour to read it, flipping through the pages of drawings and comments. The drawings were funny in that bittersweet kind of way. It's really rather dark humor (jokes about suicide and depression), but because I go for that kind of thing (hey, I'm emo, what can I say?), I liked it and smiled as I read along. Yet...more
Lara
Jan 23, 2009 Lara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: melancholy teenagers and people who are hipper than I am
This book was re-issued with the title Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, and the copy that I read was the re-issued one.

I probably never should have requested a review copy of this one. I should have KNOWN. I was suckered in by the allure of a title that is shared with a Smiths and a cute little stick figure on the cover.

The thing is, though: this book isn't really a reading sort of book. It's a collections of drawings and sad phrases. It is...sad. I liked some of the drawings and captions well en...more
Bill
A quick one-sit read. This book is a brief collection of writing and sketches assembled by the author as a means of dealing with bouts of depression, and they vary from adorable and heartfelt to downright concerning. I purchased the book on a whim and waited quite a while before cracking it open. I was hooked by the title and the general concept, and I wasn't let down. It's a downer, but that's to be expected, but I am always fascinated by these types of texts: ones that feel like the author had...more
Matt
A good chunk of the depression of the author seems to come from loneliness and self-absorption, so now in a time when I'm in a relationship for one of the first times ever, it was kind of nice to go back to that despair of thinking you'll never be happy in that way... and by "nice" I mean it was "nice to remember it but no longer be in it."

You realize, when you read the work of depressives, just what an awful positive-feedback loop it is, and how they can't really escape it without some big push...more
Louie
I found this at the Book Exchange's charity sale and probably paid about 85¢ for it. The meager price paid yielded a treasure of insight, distilled-down into one liners about life, love, childhood and grown-up anxieties that we all face sooner or later in life. It's an eclectic mix of profound statements as well as what you might find on the newest hip T-shirt. In it's very simple way, this book made me stop and think about my own life...I liked it!
Bridget
Picked this up at ALA midwinter last year on the Harper booth girl's rec. Is a quick, flippable book. Laughed out loud a few times, but didn't really hold my interest much.

My favorite bit:
There is a place that I once knew
cold and frightening and bitterly blue
if you should find yourself there too
I'll hold your hand and walk with you
Anne
So i was at a book show and saw this book, the title caught me. Heaven Knows im miserable now, im a smiths/morrissey fan so i fell for it hook, line and sinker. It was cute and at that moment I seriously needed to be amused. I enjoyed it.
Charli
Kind of a graphic, kind of not. This is mostly line drawings and short pithy comments. I was pretty miserable after reading it; unfortunately the humor that was supposed to come through didn't really shine for me.
Christopher Frankland
Brilliant minimalist doodles from Andre Jordan. I'd seen a lot of his work through his blog and picked up this book from a charity shop for next to nothing. There's a drawing in here for everyone.
Smellsofbikes
It reads like a particularly depressed and biting XKCD, although somewhat less geeky. There are moments of brilliance, moments of nearly pure vulgarity, and a lot of bright funny comics.
Jamie
Funny, sad, like a journal you'd have written when you were younger except with maybe some more insight and honesty. And hilarity. And draw-rings.
Yasser
Oct 26, 2010 Yasser added it
Simply perfect...reflects life as it is with all mirrors and sides...with all feelings
Pea.
May 16, 2011 Pea. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
not as consistent story as i like but depression is not consistent.
Jasmine
this book is amazing. It makes me feel better about being sad.
Renee
Hilarious break-up book with illustrations at my level of art :)
Ale
heh. all too true, awesome possum
Jill
Feb 28, 2009 Jill marked it as to-read
looks bite-sized
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