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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  85,936 Ratings  ·  10,218 Reviews
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.

Hardcover, 329 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Flatiron Books
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Tracey I'm guessing you don't suffer from mental illness nor do you have the coping mechanisms required in order to deal with it successfully. It takes a…moreI'm guessing you don't suffer from mental illness nor do you have the coping mechanisms required in order to deal with it successfully. It takes a special person to understand what Jenny is talking about in this book. If you don't care for the book, just say that, rather than calling it 75% stupid. It's frustrating to those of us who do "get" Jenny. thanks. :)(less)

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Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 much that I bought multiple copies to give away as Christmas presents.

The bad news is that my life is such a bloody shambles that I didn't get back to her in time for a gushy blurb to make it onto the back of her book. (Not that she particularly needed one from me. She's got Gaiman, Allie Brosh, and
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
my love for jenny lawson is NOT AT ALL creepy

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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 all those blts, so it will probably get a little messy and crazy, but it's the thought that counts!! and since your book is basically a manifesto of owning one's messy and crazy bits and alchemizing* them into comedy gold, we should be all set.

this book is a little more personal that Let's Pretend Thi
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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 wouldn't have asked her to blurb if I didn't love her stuff, ergo it doesn't feel weird to say I loved this book. So take that how you will.

This review is based on an ARC too, BTW. Basically her original book is one of my faves (I read it before I'd met her or even read much of her blog, for the record)
Raeleen Lemay
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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 random words to make the most strange sentences possible. This might just be how she always talks/writes, but I have never experienced her in any way so I wasn't prepared for that. I'll definitely give her first book a read/listen, and I sincerely hope it doesn't include the word "awesomeness" as much ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it did not like it

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 a 'must' read for everyone).
Plus, friends told me 'memoirs' by the author themselves, are good audiobook choices.
So... what the heck: free trial read!

The very beginning was great... ( out walking), I was ready to enjoy some laughs,
wisdom, and inspiration...
I became exhausted, or bore
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 Lawson

I've shamelessly let Rocket Raccoon carry this review space since last year, and he garnered me 54 likes, so thanks Rocket! (I'm sure he would approve of my blatant exploitation even though he's the one being exploited).

But enough is enough.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
The manically happy raccoon amongst scattered glitter on the cover is the best part of this book. I find very little humor in mental illness, even when it's offered up by someone who doesn't seem to mind using her chronic depression and crippling anxiety as a vehicle to what she says are ridiculous stories. I agree with her word ridiculous. I guess it's good she can enjoy her mental illness, I'm quite sure most others would not find this possibility very doable.
Is it wrong to feel this book mig
C.G. Drews
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 hyperbolic way -- and it was perfect. It was a very ME book. Usually books about anxiety (yes, I raise my hand as an anxietier [that is a word]) trigger me off...but this actually calmed me in a way? Because the author is so wonderfully messed up and yet still managing to be fabulous that it gave me a l ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mariah by: Flatiron Books
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 writing. Her writing is extremely honest, funny and can be very inappropriate. Jenny kept talking about dead animals, and from reading about her first book I realized that she was a daughter of a taxidermist and that was why. There were moments in this book that I wish I had read her first book first beca
Victoria Schwab
This book is everything.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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 looks familiar, but yesterday I proved that a glitch in the system can, in fact, cause me to Darwin myself on the interwebs. Now on to the "new" review : (

Welcome to what was maybe the most epic of all epic buddy reads . . .

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PICTURED: Kelly (duh), Mitchell the Book Boar, David Hasselmouse, Vixen, Frank
Oct 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2015
DNF......I was so FURIOUSLY annoyed with this book. If someone is interested in a free copy, you can have mine. I got to Chapter 19 and said hell with it. Ramble, ramble, ramble. Maybe I was expecting too much, like her talking about her illness instead of shower curtains and her taxidermy animals or how she has every mental illness out there. Everytime I thought there would be a serious discussion she went off and ranted about fainting at the site of white coats or germs or the airport. She tal ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List


I thought this book was ↓


I have to say I laughed a lot at her humor, I found that I say some of the things that she says. I feel for her that she has all of these disorders because I have most of the same disorders that she has but I have a few more, and not everyone feels the same when they have these disorders, they have different phobias. But it's all scary and a suckfest! And unfortunately, most people just think your having them on or you should just ge
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Freakin' hilarious!🤣 I don't feel so bad about being so crazy as hell after reading this book!!!
"There will be moments when you have to act like a grown-up. Those moments are tricks. Do not fall for them."

I won’t say too much about Furiously Happy, because I really think the element of surprise is one of the best things about the book. Most of the stories in this book are downright bizarre, and on more than one occasion I thought to myself, “There is no way that actually happened”, and then BOOM, the author provides photographic evidence, and blew my mind once again.
"[...] my friend Lau
Whitney Atkinson
This book was really enjoyable! I started it as a physical book and thought it was great, and I finished it with the audiobook and liked that as well! Some of these stories were SO powerful and well-written, and I was underlining them like crazy. It's such a candid and unfiltered book about the experience of mental illness, and I could relate so much to parts of this. However, in the middle of the book, Jenny starts getting really off-topic and just begins telling random funny stories. Don't get ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hilarious and heartfelt. More serious than her first book, but still incredibly genuine and never lacking her sardonic wit. If you are looking for a touching and uproariously funny memoir about what it means to be a human, you've found it in this book.
Ashley Brooks
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When my husband found out this book was coming out he says
"Is that by the same person who wrote that book you sat on the couch laughing while reading?"
"Yes, yes it is."

Much to his pleasure, this book had the same effect. He's the Victor of my world but I suspect if a third book rolls around he'll make me vacate the room and read it elsewhere. I truly have never laughed so much while reading as I have while reading both of her books.

Jenny is a magical unicorn of a human and I strongly enc
Heidi The Hippie Reader
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jenny Lawson may not appeal to all readers, but I love her stuff. Her books are like open diaries and sometimes you just have to look away, but I always find myself looking back. I loved her first book and this one was even better.

In addition to being, in my opinion, uproariously funny, Jenny is a poster child for the millions who suffer silently from mental illness and the social stigma that goes along with that. She has more than embraced her condition, she's transcended it into a weird alter
Trina (Between Chapters)
So good. Listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Jenny herself.

Jenny talks candidly (and hilariously!) about her life and mental illnesses. I have anxiety, and although my experiences and disorders aren't the same as Jenny's I found myself relating to the fears and emotion behind nearly all of the situations she described. Her stories are outrageous and sometimes awful, but she always makes sure you know YOU AREN'T ALONE. I feel like I could listen to this audiobook forever and still ge
Maria Espadinha
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Clube Dos Furiosamente Felizes

"We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars" , Oscar Wilde

"Todos nós temos a nossa dose de loucura, tragédia ou drama, mas a forma como lidamos com esses horrores faz toda a diferença" , será uma possível interpretação destas palavras de Oscar Wilde , além da premissa deste "Furiosamente Feliz".

Há Loucura Radical e Loucura Normal.

Na primeira, não há volta a dar!
Invadiu a mente, Controlou e Reinou!
Derrotou e Expulsou a Consciência!
Nada a faze
Karrie Clapp
Nov 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I HATE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I've never seen someone try so hard and fail so fantastically at being funny. And I think it was made worse by my listening to the audio version. She's got that dumb valley girl accent that makes it sound like every sentence is a question. And words ending in "d" somehow all sounded like they ended in "t." It made my skin crawl. I couldn't handle it. But apparently 95% of the people that read it think it's sent from above, so don't take my word for it, I guess.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I adore Jenny Lawson and her wit and humanity and bravery and just sheer weirdness.

This was one of the first memoirs I read when I decided to read more non-fiction (which by the way, brilliant decision on my end) and when I needed something fun and quick to read on my flight from hell back from holiday (I just have the worst luck when it comes to flying, but this time really took the cake) this seemed like the obvious pick. And I am so glad to have decided to re-read this. Jenny Lawson is an ab
Victor Almeida
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Jenny Lawson é, definitivamente, a melhor pessoa que já habitou a terra. Sério, a linha de pensamento dela me deixou com inveja... totalmente sem critério, livre e feliz. O livro todo, apesar de tratar de assuntos sérios como a depressão, é extremamente engraçado e cheio de mensagens positivas e ensinamento por trás das coisas mais bobas.

A sensação durante o livro todo é de algo sincero, sem filtro e confortável. Uma conversa com uma amiga, simples assim. Achei genial e inspirador. Saí assistind
Helen 2.0
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and meaningful at the same time. Jenny Lawson doesn't shy away from sharing her every thought, no matter how random. Even though she rambles through the whole book, I enjoyed it because that's how my brain talks to me too, especially when I'm emotional; rambling, off-topic hypotheticals and non sequiturs.

Jenny Lawson writes extensively about her mental illness, and offers advice for those struggling alongside her. Since I've never had any mental issues, I fear some of her advice and co
Lily ☁️
“I wish someone had told me this simple but confusing truth: Even when everything’s going your way you can still be sad. Or anxious. Or uncomfortably numb. Because you can’t always control your brain or your emotions even when things are perfect.”
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, psychology
Anyone who suffers from mental illness or loves someone who suffers should read this. It's like Jenny lives inside my head - her descriptions of anxiety and depression are so spot on I was practically cheering out loud. I read this while traveling home from BEA, and I was laughing so hard six different people interrupted to say, "Ok, I have to know what you're reading."At one point I actually had to put it down for 5 minutes because I was legitimately afraid I was going to pee myself in the midd ...more
See this and the rest of the crap I write at my blog Bark's Book Nonsense.

I liked this book. It made me laugh. Not all rolling on the floor and laughing my effing bum off but it made me laugh on the inside. I knew it. And that is all that counts.

This Jenny person has a skewed sense of humor that I love and adored. She is weird and she embraces it. She’s also mentally ill with a laundry list of disorders. She suffers from depression and crushing anxiety and a host of other disorders but she sti
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
[4 Stars] So I may end up changing this rating based on how I feel a little bit removed from the book, but if it's been more than a month since being edited, it's just going to stay here. I didn't know exactly what to expect going into this because making depression and the plethora of other interestingly-named conditions that Jenny experiences don't seem to mix well with humor in my brain. I was wrong.

It was extremely well done with a lot of heart and a very peculiar, if not amazing, sense of
Quando terminei este livro sentia-me tão bem, tão feliz. Só me apetecia falar sobre o livro, recomendá-lo, reler as passagens mais marcantes e olhar, uma vez mais, para este guaxinim maravilhosamente bem-disposto (o Rory). É impossível não sorrir. Acho até que vou adoptar esta capa para todos os meus livros, se não for para me fazer feliz, que seja para arrancar um sorriso às pessoas à minha volta.

A autora deste livro é Jenny Lawson, uma mulher que reconhece ser doida mas que escolheu ser furios
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