Thursday 15 April 2021

Review: Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson

 As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.

Review: Oh this audiobook had me laughing so much I was crying which can be a little alarming for those around you when you're listening on headphones but it was so so worth it!

I love a Jenny Lawson book and I love her books on audio because she narrates them herself and so I get to listen in the gym or whilst doing the housework to what she is saying how she intended to say it. This book is possible the most random collection of personal essays and I loved that about it because I can now take the physical copy of the book and dip back into the bits I loved from the audiobook and read them again. 

Some of my personal favourite moments from the book were the stories of how she lost her shoes, the tweets about embarrassing moments and also her letter to her health insurance. I could relate to all of those particular sections on just so many levels and the story about the shoes in the elevators just had me crying with laughter as I was making dinner in the kitchen, it was just brilliant. 

What I love about Jenny Lawson's writing the most is how open and honest she is, she's like that no filter friends that says whatever comes into her head only her thoughts re super relevant and well thought out and you definitely learn a lot from what she has to say. This book makes it plain and clear that these thoughts are not unfiltered because she talks about her editors over the years and the process of editing this book in particular, another illustration of just how open and honest she is. 

Jenny Lawson never holds back when it comes to talking about mental health, suicide, depression, anxiety and a whole bunch of other chronic health conditions and we should all be talking about these things as openly and as frequently as she does. I loved this book, I'm already ready to go back and read it again, and I am sure you will too!

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