I should admit this right now, I adore the previous works by Jenny Lawson and even snagged a half raccoon face promo paddle thing from the 2016 BookCon in Chicago for Furiously Happy. I was sort of set up to already love this.
Jenny writes in such an open, candid way, that you as the reader can’t help but root for her. She writes like how I and one of my best friends think.
I laughed so hard I cried several times while reading this and that alone got it to five stars for me as a reviewer! Now granted humor is super subjective, but good gracious she knows how to spin a story and it shows! You can tell she has been writing for a very long time and that she knows how to engage well with her audience. She even included some tweets from her fans about embarrassing moments and during several of them I had to stop reading to wipe tears from my eyes from laughing so hard.
I do wish some of the 2020 specific issues had been discussed as I wonder about Jenny’s take on everything as it seems glaringly obvious this was mostly written prior to 2020. This is still very much worth the read and really the only drawback I could see which is incredible when you think about it!
The last section at the very end with the note on the cover was what I figured it represented, but the way she explains it and the inspiration for it is worth the read! It is included after the Authors Note and you won’t want to miss it.
Compulsively readable, oddly relatable, and quite humbling, this new installment is guaranteed to at least make the most curmudgeonly among us at least smirk if not outright chuckle.
As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor. Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company in “An Open Letter to My Insurance Company,” which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. She tackles such timelessly debated questions as “How do dogs know they have penises?” We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. 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.
Page Count: 288
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Expected Publication Date: April 6th, 2021