Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
A Funny Book About Horrible Things

80%

32 Critic Reviews

Her renderings of the daily banter of her marriage to a supportive husband with a diametrically opposite temperament ring with authenticity.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

As Jenny says:

"Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.


"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."

Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.

 

About Jenny Lawson

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JENNY LAWSON is a columnist and one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter (175,000+followers). Her blog, www.thebloggess.com, averages more than a half million page views per month. Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.
 
Published September 22, 2015 by Flatiron Books. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Furiously Happy
All: 32 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on May 06 2015

Her amusing essays open up a not-so-funny topic: mental illness in its many guises. Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 27 2015

Her renderings of the daily banter of her marriage to a supportive husband with a diametrically opposite temperament ring with authenticity.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 28 2015

Though mostly comedic, the text also addresses such serious issues as self-injury and why mental illness is misunderstood. Lawson insightfully explores the ways in which dark moments serve to make the lighter times all the brighter.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Sep 16 2015

There is, though, a way in which Lawson has managed things more nimbly than Sedaris. For while the latter, like so many memoirists, has come under scrutiny as to whether his writing is actually “true” or not, Lawson makes it clear that she long ago trampled that binary.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Melanie Bopp on Feb 27 2016

I'd definitely recommend Jenny Lawson's work, and Furiously Happy in particular, to anyone and everyone. Listening to her read her book is even better, because it feels like sitting down next to a friend...

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Oct 07 2015

As the subtitle suggests, Lawson effectively blends serious topics with seriously hilarious writing to create a book that is doing important work but is so funny that it seems like play.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by MEGAN LEWIS on Sep 24 2015

While she doesn’t have the advantage of fame backing her book, this comes with a major perk—she has no boundaries. Where Fey, Kaling and Poehler have acting careers to think about, Lawson can only benefit from taking it a step further. She’s unapologetic, candid, outrageous, and the book reaches new levels of hilarity because of it.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Heather Seggel on Sep 26 2015

...Lawson’s latest book is even more open about the challenges posed by illness. It will make you laugh to the point of tears, but it could also help you make it through the toughest stuff life has to offer.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Below average
Reviewed by Frank O'Shea on Oct 23 2015

Because this is written for an American readership, there are multiple uses of the word "asshole" and "motherf-----" which, with baseball caps and tea bags, are among the more significant contributions which that country has made to civilisation. The result is a book that, if it has to be taken, might be best savoured in small doses.

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We Love This Book

Above average
Reviewed by David Duff on Sep 14 2015

...it’s a collection of stories and anecdotes from one woman’s life, loosely based around the theme of mental illness. If you warm to the author and stick it through however, you will find some practical advice...

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BlogHer

Above average
Reviewed by JanetCoburn on Nov 01 2015

...if you want to learn about mental illness with its attendant difficulties, and why it is so important to bring these topics out of the closet, as it were, then you may find the storytelling ridiculous, irreverent, or distracting. Personally, I enjoy the whole package, and it's clear that many others do too.

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South China Morning Post

Above average
Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Oct 01 2015

...Furiously Happy is a scrappy, blog-like affair. It reads like a series of bulletins about hanging on to your mental stability by your fingernails - if only you hadn't pulled them out long ago...

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BookTrust

Excellent
on Oct 10 2015

She is fabulously flawed and every anecdote, from her stuffed raccoon cat-riding rodeos, to the fights she has with her husband will have you laughing out loud while giving insight into what it is like to live with such misunderstood and often debilitating illnesses. A truly fantastic book that everyone should read.

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library

Above average
Reviewed by Ambrea on Aug 08 2016

It’s an irreverent romp through mental disorder, family dramas, and horrible things that are inadvertently funny—and it’s sure to garner a laugh or two, if only for Jenny’s mission to remain as furiously happy as humanly possible and live a life of which she’ll be proud.

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Readings

Above average
Reviewed by Natalie Platten on Oct 10 2015

I couldn’t help but feel joy and empathy for her in equal measure. In the words of Ron Weasley, when you read this book, ‘You’re gonna suffer … but you’re gonna be happy about it.’

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

Good
Reviewed by Elyse on Oct 12 2015

Furiously Happy took courage to write and I applaud Lawson for it. I also thank her for articulating so well what I often struggle to put into words. And for the story of how her taxidermy raccoon got broken on a rollercoaster. That really made my day.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Sara Dobie Bauer on Oct 10 2015

Whether exploring the brilliant spoon theory or the empowering realization that she was once the youngest person in the entire world, Lawson treats mental illness with a tender, witty hand and makes me want to embrace the weird and thrive in life with a cackle and hoot.

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Lit Stack

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Browning on Dec 31 2015

It’s a hoot and a holler regardless (and an occasional “awww….”, and even a tear jerker a time or two). But if you, or anybody you love, or anybody you know, or anybody you might someday come across, does struggle with a chronic illness...this book will pack a huge, emotional punch without becoming maudlin or overly sentimental.

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Chick Lit Central

Good
Reviewed by Denise Keliuotis on Nov 02 2015

There is much to love in Furiously Happy. I always enjoy Lawson’s “arguments” with her most patient husband, Victor, and those featured in the book are quite brilliant. But, more than that, I loved Lawson’s insight into how she ticks...

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The Reading Date

Good
on Oct 11 2015

Lawson’s own furiously happy stories are personal and relatable and I’m grateful she’s sharing them with the world so that those of us dealing with our own personal demons can feel less alone.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
on Nov 21 2015

I don't think I've laughed out loud at a book quite as much as I did with this one (with the possible exception of Jenny's previous book or Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris). I loved it!!

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Good Book Fairy

Above average
on Nov 18 2016

There were some chapters that seemed redundant and there were some chapters that I liked much better than others. Either way, this book gave me a glimpse into her mind and I loved that.

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Once Upon A Chapter

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Feb 01 2016

It wasn’t until I started reading books like Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy that I started to understand the diseases...So thank you Jenny Lawson for being brave enough to share your experiences with such honesty.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Good
Reviewed by Pop Culture Nerd on Sep 16 2015

Despite the serious subject matter, Lawson’s sense of humor remains intact. Readers will likely shake with laughter at her escapades, such as encountering inept ninjas trying to break into her hotel room in Japan...

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelli on Jan 13 2016

...I felt surrounded by the experience of all of those who have gone before me, and those going through a hard time with me right now. And that's an incredible feeling...one that is rarely found in a book. I can't say enough good things about Furiously Happy. I highly recommend it!

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Angela's Anxious Life

Above average
on Feb 09 2016

I did like her first book better.. but I think that's because her style of writing was all new to me. I do think everyone who likes to laugh would love these books.

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https://thebookstop.wordpress.com

Good
on Oct 26 2015

I think Jenny Lawson is amazing, and I highly recommend this book even if you’re thinking you don’t want to read about mental illness. Because this book is really beautiful and at the same time it’s crude and silly and funny.

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https://bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com

Above average
Reviewed by Juliewbp on Sep 19 2015

And now Lawson strikes again as only she can with memoir where she explores the never ending battle of crippling depression and anxiety. Lawson delves into the little moments that we generally skip over and fleshes them out in a horrible, hilarious way...

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The Review Diaries

Excellent
Reviewed by Rosy on Sep 11 2015

If you want an amazingly wacky and hilarious book – read this. If you want a book that talks honestly and openly about mental illness – read this.

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In Search of the End of the Sidewalk

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Ross on Feb 14 2016

Public reading warning: You will laugh out loud, making yourself look ridiculous. Ignore the stares. This book is worth a bit of public humiliation.

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http://sonderbooks.com

Good
on Oct 21 2015

...read the book! I can honestly say it left me happier, encouraged, and feeling much better about my own failings and my own quirky, wonderful life.

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Books Besides My Bed

Excellent
Reviewed by Karen on Nov 02 2015

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book- especially my signed copy! Just be sure you do not mind cursing because Jenny Lawson can keep up with any sailor and no topic is taboo- especially the taboo ones. Sit back and enjoy the maddness!

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