Book Review | Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh


Title: Solutions and Other Problems

Author: Allie Brosh 

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: 22nd September 2020

Source: Own Copy - imported USA

Buy: Amazon UK
For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays. 

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 1,600 pieces of art. Solutions and Other Problems marks the return of a beloved American humorist who has “the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian” (Bill Gates).



Back of the net! Allie Brosh, bless you, you have scored again!

Fans of Hyperbole and a Half will know that this book has been a long time in the making, Allie Brosh has had some truly heartbreaking events in her time away and she touches upon it during the book.

The book itself was definitely worth the wait , first of all its massive. Hyperbole was a good size but this is just over 500 pages long.  Stupidly as soon as saw it was properly available, (fans will know it’s been on and off Amazon for years so I wasn’t taking any chances), I clicked order not realising I had ordered the hardback which weighs a ton and for some reason came from Germany, I then panicked thinking I’d also ordered the German version, thankfully not!

Allie’s signature style still makes me chuckle, her cartoon self with fin ponytail, big eyes and wonderful facial expressions is just pure gold.  I especially love her drawings as a child when she is sneaking about.  Her animal drawings especially the dogs are fab, these sections had me sniggering away as the mannerisms of the dogs was spot on, it was almost as if she’d used my dog as her model.

As I said above she also touches upon her personal life, she is open about her struggles with anxiety and depression and the tragic lost of her sister.  It’s heartbreaking but Allie also takes us back to their childhood and it’s lovely to see her reminiscing about the crazy stuff they got up, there is a chapter about her sister and her friend which is incredibly funny.

Fans of Hyperbole will love this and I hope she gains some new fans too, Allie I’ve missed you!

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16 comments

  1. It's been a long time since something new came from Brosh. I'm excited to pick this one up. I love the way that she infuses humor into serious topics.

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    1. It sounds like she has had a horrendous few years but I was so happy to have this in my hands!

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  2. I'm really curious about this one. I wasn't too keen on Hyperbole and a Half and DNF-ed it quite early on (this was a few years ago to be fair) so it'll be interesting to see what I think of Brosh's new book now that I'm more interested in comics and graphic novels in general. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

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    1. I don’t know if you didn’t like the first one then this maybe best avoided as it is definitely in a similar vein or maybe give Hyperbole another try? It won’t be for everyone!

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  3. I haven't read her first book yet, I know I'm the last one! But I'm definitely interested in trying her out. Glad you loved it😁

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  4. Great title! Loved your ordering story. Sounds like something I would do.

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  5. I still need to read her first book, though I've always heard good things. It's great she finally came out with something new - and it seems like it hit a nice mix of nostalgia/happy and sad, etc.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It sounds like she has had a hell of a time, I just like the fact she doesn’t paint everything as sunshine and rainbows, it’s relatable.

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  6. I'm so excited to see that this one is finally out! I had kind of given up. I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it. I may have to go on and order this one since it will be awhile until I have access to a library.

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    1. It took a while but it is so good, I hope you enjoy it once you get access to it!

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  7. I loved the first book and got the second one the day it was released. I'm so looking forward to reading it!

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