We all have battles in life; they are unavoidable. Jenny Lawson chooses to be “furiously happy” about them (“out of sheer spite”). Lawson uses her experiences with anxiety, depression, and chronic illness to show readers just how possible it is to be happy in the midst of life’s hard. This isn’t a self-help book. Far from it, actually. You won’t find steps to find happiness. Instead, you’ll find episodes from Lawson’s life as a writer, blogger, mother, and wife; each one showing you how she has continued to be furiously happy. This is a book full of wit and humor in the midst of life’s hard little moments that many of us can relate to. Like the time when you tried to bring your taxidermied raccoon on a plane as a way to reduce your anxiety.
No? Just Lawson?
Regardless, I found myself laughing out loud, which is a rare occurrence when I read a book. I even re-read the book as an audiobook because I couldn’t get enough of Lawson’s wit. She explains it best herself, that this book is “irreverent humor for intellectual misfits”. In between her comical anecdotes about how anxiety puts her in interesting social situations, Lawson gives us a glimpse at how we can all be furiously happy in the midst of our own difficulties.
We all get our share of tragedy or insanity or drama, but what we do with that horror is what makes all the difference.
TL/DR: Furiously Happy is a comical memoir about mental illness and finding joy in the absurdities in life.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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