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Solutions and Other Problems includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh’s childhood; the adventures of her very bad animals; merciless dissection of her own character flaws; incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness; as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features all-new material with more than
Paperback, Canadian Export Edition, 528 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Gallery Books
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Jessie (mintycupcake) Her sister passed away at the end of 2013. She had stated on Facebook she was working on her new book in May of 2014. Within the last couple years, sh…moreHer sister passed away at the end of 2013. She had stated on Facebook she was working on her new book in May of 2014. Within the last couple years, she appeared in a YouTube video (I didn't actually watch it, because I didn't make the connection until later, but Markiplier mentioned he appeared in a video with her). She moved to Colorado. Another person mentioned she gave a talk earlier this year (seen in the comment section here

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backtracking to add this to my book riot challenge:

fulfilling book riot's 2020 read harder challenge task: #4 Read a graphic memoir


Sometimes all you can really do is keep moving and hope you end up somewhere that makes sense.

no spoilers, but since everyone wants to know—was this book worth waiting more than five years for?


it is bigger, funnier, sadder and—for those of you hoping—it does have more dumb dogs:


and one d
Jenny Lawson
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical. Sad. Poignant. Worth the wait.
Feb 01, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand why people are getting upset about the publish date. I consider her first book one that changed my life. It made me laugh, cry and gave me a better understanding of myself dealing with depression and anxiety. I am just so thankful that she has another one in the works and would happily wait years to experience another one of her pieces. Be patient my friends. I have no doubt that it will be worth the wait.
Aug 21, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-published
How am I just hearing about this?

Not until next year...

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

I'm leaving this unrated (for now) because I feel conflicted. As you may or may not know, I leave books unrated when I feel that no rating properly reflects my feelings.

This book started out amazingly. I was so, so excited to read more of Allie Brosh's work as Hyperbole and a Half is one of my all time favorite books and I have reread it so many times. My body was literally quivering with excitement and joy.

The first couple stories were hilarious as in made me literally laugh out loud hilarious
Nov 22, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 13/20 — Decided this on needed to be a purchase as opposed to a library borrow. Have the ebook. Probably the right time for it would be... now. Considering I’m raving in the streets lately #FuckDARVO, #StopGaslighting #WakeUp woke is hate.... man. Yeah. Some grounding hilarity from a fellow feeler of too fucking much is most welcome. I need you Allie. I mean I need whatever you’ve cooked up from your personal toolbox. ! I’m so glad you pulled through with this one. I fucking know the effort ...more
[Name Redacted]
So apparently in the last three years:
--Her sister committed suicide.
--Her marriage ended (she now lives in Denver, he now lives in Seattle).
--She had a cancer scare.
--She required major surgery.
--She has redirected her efforts into public speaking and abandoned her blog.
--This book has been canceled by the publisher.


UPDATE: It's been three more years, and since then she has...disappeared. No new posts. No new book (it was canceled, finally) and no-one has heard anything from her. We
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell


Not gonna lie, the first book made me feel really, really seen during a period of depression, so I am super super excited for this follow-up because I want to be SEEN again :D

I want a copy of this so badly T_T
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would wait a thousand years for this book because I know it'll be great, take your time Allie Brosh <3 ...more
Ellen Gail
After seven years of waiting, I finally read it.

It was worth the wait y’all.


Something good is finally happening in 2020!

Seriously though, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, and especially "all my fish are dead" literally changed my life.


Amazon just emailed me. There is no longer an expected release date.

In happier news, here's a corgi butt.

This was worth the wait (~5 years!, not complaining, you just need to know how much of a wait it's worth) - and I'm so, so happy that finally there is something that 2020 cannot ruin. Tempting fate? Maybe. Sorry Allie Brosh. But at the very bare minimum I can't be forced in any way to un-read this book.

As per usual with Allie Brosh and the mix of drawn and written storytelling that makes up her previous book and blog Hyperbole and a Half, there are pieces of this that are actual-laugh-out-loud f
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is finally ACTUALLY happening. I've been waiting so damn long for this and I'm so emotional right now. Allie Brosh is literally a huge part of why I'm still on this planet today. If you'll all excuse me, I'm going to go sob for a while. 😭💖 ...more
I had this long conversation with a friend of mine today about the need we all seem to have for answers. We call it different things but it all sort of boils down to this weird, innate need to understand what in the hell we're meant to be doing here. We, as a species, really can't seem to bear the idea that there isn't some grand plan in place that would explain the casual suffering, the loneliness, the soul destroying pain we all suffer through. We do not under any circumstances want to confron ...more
I hope you will allow me to tell a little story here. Some years back, I was going through a bad time with my mental health. It’s been, what feels like a lifelong struggle, but this was a particularly rough period. I had been in the hospital and was then moved to a sort of group home to recover more. One of the counselors there had two stories by Allie Brosh printed out and we read them as part of a group activity. They were about depression and were real and sad and funny.

I felt seen. Like som
Bree Cheese

I want this ALOT.

Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Check out my review on booktube: ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When considering what to write in this review, I had a lot of thoughts floating around in my head akin to, “a book doesn’t HAVE to funny to be good, you just made a pre-assumption the author is funny,” “it’s not up to you to decide how someone gets to describe their experiences,” etc. Which are both true. But they also obscured the fact that, at the end of the day, I didn’t enjoy Solutions and Other Problems very much.

I wanted to. Oh, how I wanted to. Like every other person and their mother on
She has leaned into it. All of it. I have been on an existential journey.

I read this whole thing last night after I got home from work. My one complaint about it that I have right now is that hardcover is the wrong format for this book. My wrists hurt! It's so heavy! I mean, it's a beautiful book, but at points genuinely physically hard to read. I imagine if I had some sort of tablet or color Kindle that would be ideal. If you have arthritis or other hand/arm related mobility issues I feel this
Diane Barnes
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, and I love Allie Brosh. That is a little concerning because I think she may be the tiniest bit insane, but I not only understand her, I think she's hilarious. Her strange little drawings show me more that a museum full of great art.
I hope it doesn't take another seven years before we see her next book, but I can wait. She's not only a little bit insane, she's also brilliant.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate to say this (and I see I'm going to be in the overwhelming minority here) but I didn't care for this book nearly as much as the first one. I got halfway through before realizing most of the stories felt "meh". Made it 3/4ths of the way through before putting it down yesterday. And I honestly had no interest in finishing it but did for the sake of review.

Every. Single. Story in the first book is either hilarious or sad & hilarious. Most of the stories in this one are "okay" and for
This book arrived at my doorstep and I almost couldn’t believe it. It’s real? Like, for real real? Because, like other lovers of the hilarious graphic memoir “Hyperbole and a Half,” I had abandoned any hope of a sophmore book years ago. But then I discovered “Solutions and Other Problems” the day before publication and 24 hours later was chuckling along once again with Allie Brosh, in awe that this moment had come. I’d forgotten how much I’d missed her work.

I don’t think this book was as good as
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
"Sometimes all you can really do is keep moving and hope you end up somewhere that makes sense."

representation: mental health (depression)

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


I've been waiting for this book for 5 years (!!!!!) ever since I read her first book Hyperbole and a Half and I'm sad to say that this one did disappoint, but only a little bit! I found a couple of the stories quite absurd and they didn't really make sense and I'm certai
For heaven's sake. What sort of evil mind is behind this cruel joke? Now I know there's a new book by Allie and I can't taste the sweet elixir of her unapologetic humor until October 25, 2016 September 7, 2017? Preposterous. Outrageous.
I need to talk to your supervisor. I want to make a formal complaint.

Dec 19, 2015
Edited Nov 20, 2016
Melissa McShane
I was so surprised by how enormous this book is by comparison to Allie Brosh's first book. My daughter had preordered it, and while I knew it was coming out soon, I hadn't paid any more attention to it than that. It's beautiful, and worth the price.

I found this more poignant than funny, which is also something I didn't expect. Brosh has been through a lot in the seven years since Hyperbole and a Half was released, and those things have naturally left their mark. So there's a lot of introspection
Oct 12, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Sep 04, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMFG I JUST REALIZED THIS FINALLY HAS A RELEASE DATE & I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES! SO PROUD OF BROSH! I know how it feels to suffer from debilitating anxiety & depression and of her struggles in finish this book because of it & life getting in the way in the worst ways... AND I’M SO SO SO HAPPY FOR HER! and for me! Because it comes out THIS MONTH! WOOOO! ...more
Ashley Holstrom

I read Hyperbole and a Half at a time when I didn’t know I was depressed, but I found the comics ~relatable~ and funny. Now, I am fully aware, and Allie Brosh has crushed my heart to pieces again.

Solutions and Other Problems is so potent. It is, at times, the view inside my own brain. But also not. Brosh had a lot of terrible life experiences in the years between her first book and this one, out in September. She lays it all bare, alongside some fun comics about being a weird kid and having
Lisa Vegan
I read a Kindle e-edition borrowed from the library due to the continuing pandemic and my branch library is not one of the branches that has opened for borrowing paper books.

I’ve been waiting for this second book for year. I loved the first book by this author/illustrator, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. (I have gone to her blog and also thoroughly enjoyed it.) This book wasn’t exactly what I’d been expecting which w
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I've been waiting for this book for so long, and I don't think it could have come at a more perfect (or needed) time. Allie Brosh opened my eyes with Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened so many years ago, and while this tome is definitely tinged with more darkness, it a worthy successor.

Now that I'm a mother to two of my own impetuous children who, while not probably quite on the "Richard" level of creepy, definitely give
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's safe to say a lot has happened to Allie Brosh in the seven years everyone I know spent going, "Man, I just hope Allie Brosh is doing well, wherever she is." And this book really peels back the layers on that -- there are funny chapters and heartrending chapters and chapters that talk about truly awful things in small, simple sentences that sit there in your head like a rock.

Basically, this book is a testament to the power of keeping on, even when things are awful, and also on being
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Allie Brosh has enjoyed writing ever since her mom tricked her into writing a story to distract her from her immediate goal of wrapping the cat in duct-tape. She started her award-winning blog in 2009. Brosh lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband Duncan, her two dogs, and six pet rats.

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