Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny LawsonFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

byJenny Lawson

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

"I've often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that 'normal people' also might never understand. And that's what Furiously Happy is all about."

Jenny's readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny's core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family-and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let's Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it's about joy-and who doesn't want a bit more of that?

JENNY LAWSON, The Bloggess, is an award-winning humor writer known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with depression and mental illness. Her two memoirs, Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Title:Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.48 × 1.01 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250077028

ISBN - 13:9781250077028


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read!! I was given this book as a gift and read it by the pool. Very funny look at a serious topic but written in a light way. Really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laughed out loud I enjoyed this book. It made me feel a little less alone in the universe. Jenny Lawson is just so relatable and hilarious.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUS I love this book. It literally made me laugh out loud - many times in public places, but I just didn't care. As someone who struggles with depression, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand a bit more about how the disease can make a person feel, as many of the chapters do address the messed up way depression screws with a person's mind. On top of that, the author is HILARIOUS and her stories are so crazy that it really gives the book a good balance - the serious and scary symptoms of mental illness, matched with the author's quirky personality.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book from the Blogess! Although I first read "Let's pretend this never happened" and was already sold on Jenny Lawson and her outstandlingly funny outlook at life. This book certainly silicified my love for Jenny Lawson. This book seems to focus a little more on her mental health and stories that are more current.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Makes you realise, nobody is perfect. I laughed through it all!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Furiously funny Furiously Happy is seriously furiously hilarious!! I laughed so hard through out this entire book.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and brave read Jenny's experiences dealing with many things we ourselves are also dealing with opened my eyes to a different perspective. Love this biography
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read I found Jenny to be open and honest about mental health. It was funny and I found it hard to out it down.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fast Read I picked this book up a while ago, and never really got around to reading it. I've just finished it and wish I started a year ago! It's a great quick, well-written read that not only makes you crack up, but is surprisingly able to make you reflect. There were quite a few lines in this book that I highlighted because they just stuck out and resonated with me. I'm excited to read her first and third books!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Better than "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" - kept me laughing the whole time #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This book made me laugh out loud. Its not a straight story, more a collection of stories. I enjoyed the format, the writing style and then truth. Highly recommend
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful My friend recommended this book to me, and I was very unsure about it because I generally avoid autobiographies and gravitate towards stories that can transport me to another world and send me off on an adventure. I avoided it for months even though my friend was very persistent in her arguments for me reading this novel, but I didn't want to because "just because I have a mental illness, doesn't mean I want to read about it, in fact that's generally what I want to escape" Eventually I picked it up and I read it. I have to say that I enjoyed every single minute of it, I have recommended it to many of my friends and I will read it again. It was hilarious, and realistic and I could relate to it.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An ok read I was really looking forward to this boo based on reading "Let's pretend this never happened". But it fell short for me. Not nearly as funny, and a bit disappointing.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious I often laugh out loud as I'm reading this book. It's so honest and strange that you can't help but laugh and connect. Easy to read and difficult to put down.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Hilarious book. Recommended to multiple friends
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I even brought it to the gym Not going to lie, I totally bought the book based on the cover, but I will have to admit I could not put it down. The writing was incredibly quirky and intriguing and although it is a story about struggling with mental illnesses she never failed to make me laugh. A great read and definitely one I would reccomend
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have read both of her books and I would recommend them both. Furiously Happy is written with delightful positiveness and cheer. It teaches about the struggle of mental health and self acceptance. Very humorous, real and enjoyable. Great for a Sunday read. WARNING: you will laugh out loud so prepare yourself for weird looks.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An impulse buy because of the cover alone... I wasn't looking for a book about mental illness, but the cover grabbed my attention right away and made me stop for a closer look. I've read a few that had been recommended to me but never felt like I was gaining anything from forcing myself to read a book that I couldn't wait to be done with, I read for the enjoyment of it and Jenny's open and candid writing about herself on a whole was finally a book that didn't feel like a never ending "you should" list or page after page of what feels like (in my inner mind) bragging about how the author got "better." I became an instant fan as I skeptically opened my copy when it arrived to start reading. I loved the hilarity, often finding myself reading entire chapters aloud to my husband, and was inspired by her courage and openness she talked so openly about her mental illness. I have recommended this book and lent my copy of it to several friends and also read it a couple more times as it found its way back to me. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I appreciate the humor even when it seemed a little forced as my own sometimes is.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from FURIOUSLY HAPPY: A FUNNY BOOK ABOUT HORRIBLE THINGS Jenny talking about her mental illness was really impactful and well done, but the rest of this book didn't really work for me. It felt like she was trying too hard to be funny by throwing together random words to make the most strange sentences possible. This might just be how she always talks/writes, but I have never experienced her in any way so I wasn't prepared for that. I'll definitely give her first book a read/listen, and I sincerely hope it doesn't include the word "awesomeness" as much as this one did.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK I had really high hopes for this book because I think the author is hilarious and had been following her for a while. I loved the first half but after a while it was too much. It seems like she was trying too hard to be funny and it didn't always work. I do like her descriptions of mental illness though. I also suffer from mental illness and some of the passages were spot on. In an ideal world, this would have been 100 pages shorter and I most probably would have given it five stars. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I really enjoyed Furiously Happy. It's funny, insightful and unlike anything I've ever read before.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was hilaiours! I love the way she speaks so candidly and humorously about her experiences and about mental health/illness. I loved this book.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as Good as her first Book Still a funny read, though. I love Lawson's humour and tone.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weird, but fun Sort of half-memoir, half how-I-deal-with-mental-illness, this one's hard to categorize. Lawson's funny as hell, far too obsessed with possums and squirrels, and heartbreakingly honest about her various issues. So, it wasn't quite what I was expecting going in, and there were some chapters I questioned initially why they were included (still do, to be fair), but the book seems to be a manifestation of the author: sometimes deep, sometimes flighty, sometimes on point, sometimes off on a tangent, sometimes about mental illness, sometimes about the crazy ride of life in general. And, in the end, I loved it all.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! When my sister became a quadriplegic almost two years ago, my own manic depression took over and she began her first terrible experiences with depression. Through that, I bought this book and spent the next weeks reading it to her bit by bit while she remained in the ICU. We laughed, we laughed hysterically, and we cried. During our shared journey through this book, my sister gained insight into what she was experiencing and what I had been going through since we were children. Jenny Lawson provided some of the best therapy for both of us.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Funny and insightful, however, a tad slow in some areas.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! I got the book, in part, for the funny cover... reading about it on the book got me laughing even as I write this... so good!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I enjoyed the humor and silly situations that Jenny finds herself in. I related to her humor and way of thinking for many things. I did sometimes feel the book slow in some sections.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from furiously laughing the first thing i did after i read this book, was to go in at indigo and buy one more copy for my friend and two copies of Jenny's other book, for my friend and i. this book made me realize that i am not alone in my madness and instability - so to speak, plus it made me laugh. i laughed so hard, and random places, as i was reading it. it is one of my favorite books and i hope they make a movie based on this book, can you imagine that???
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it If I could give this book no stars I would. Granted I did read the book on my kobo, so maybe it would have been better in paperback format. I just didn't like it. It was hard to get through and so many times I just wanted to quit. I found the writer to be annoying and self-pitying.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and Insightful I enjoyed this one more than the first book. Good serious insight into mental health issues and what people dealing with these issues go through. Helps you to understand how to help/deal with them along with the funny side.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! Lawson's follow-up is augh-out-loud amazing! Her sharings are powerful and genuine and in sharing her experience, she helps others to do the same!!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! What a funny and relatable book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious An absolute gem of a book. Hilarious from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOL This book gave me some genuine laugh out loud moments...and since I read in bed before going to sleep, I startled my husband awake more than once.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST ENJOY! 5+ Stars!!! Beautifully written and down to earth! If you get the chance, listen to the audio version of this book with HEADPHONES and be prepared for a gut-slitting, tear streaming, wet your pants laugh enjoyment that you will want to listen to it over and over and over again just like me! JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH :-)
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Funny, I loved it I recommend this book to anyone!!! She brings up some difficult topics for some people to talk about but this is an amazing book if you are struggling with a mental illness. Super relatable.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and fell in love with Jenny Lawson Absolutely loved this book and all Jenny Lawson's book! She puts a funny spin on something things that are pretty serious and difficult for most to talk about.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TOTALLY RELATABLE! So glad this book was on my "To Read" list. Whether you're struggling with your mental health or not, there were parts of this book you definitely could relate to, and others that you DEFINITELY couldn't. Jenny Lawson is one entertaining woman!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to love life regardless Amazing book; the author really goes deep into her life and all the things she deals with. Eye opener for someone who does not have any of these disabilities and I love how she just takes it and goes. Never stop living life because of whatever. Accept it, embrace it and continue living. Well done!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great perspective Had me laughing at many points.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT Book This book had me laughing to the point of tears - but still did an excellent job of expressing the darkness that so many of us know to some extent. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely not for me This book fell into my "try to read more recent works" category for the year. Honestly, I didn't get it. I saw potential for funny, but the humour always seemed reduce to excessive swearing and sexualized content. If the punch line needs an f-bomb to be funny, it really isn't funny. I was really disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This is one of my favourite memoirs. Jenny Lawson is seriously funny and I would 100% recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for a laugh! Jenny Lawson does it again! This was laugh out loud funny. I hope this is the second of many books to come because reading her books on a bad day is the best way to cheer up.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting & Funny Read Interesting read, but maybe not what I expected.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Laugh out loud over the top funny!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Is it wrong to laugh? Purchased this book mostly because of the cover and the thought that such serious subject matter could be written about in a funny matter - I didn't know I could laugh so hard at something that really shouldn't be funny. Loved this book so much that I purchased her 2nd one furiously happy as well. devoured both! highly recommend them both! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I haven't laughed out loud so much in a long time! I had to stop reading this in public because I kept bursting out laughing out loud. It's over the top, but hilarious. It takes a lot to make me laugh when I'm alone, but this book did it over and over again!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read Very insightful..one can relate to her story for sure. Definetly puts in perspective mental illness
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from entertaining i really find J lawson to be funny. so is her book. i like the fact that she tackled mental health
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed so hard I cried!!! I got the audio book and listened to it during my last holiday. Not only was it amazing but Jenny Lawson narrates the book herself and she is hilarious! Granted laughing hysterically to a audio book while around a pool definitely made me look like a crazy person but if you read or listen to this book you will understand that it makes you feel like that's totally ok. I have read both of her books and would recommend them to anyone who has ever felt like they were just a little odd, perfectly normal or downright looney tunes. No matter how you feel about yourself you will feel at home while reading Jenny Lawson! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I really liked this book! The author shares tories of her experience and struggles with mental health. A lot of her stories are quite funny though and she makes light of her issues. I think she did a great job of bringing much needed attention to taboo issues while at the same time being entertaining. Will definitely give this another read in a year or so.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Read This Year Living with a mental illness is challenging and can affect people in different ways. Jenny Lawson shares her personal story in a way that not only inspires others but spreads awareness in a light and funny way. I enjoyed this book so much that I had people look at me funny as I laughed in public numerous times. Almost all my friends asked me what I was reading. I hope you all can find the light in this book and come to a new understanding of how mental illness affects people on a daily basis.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as inspiring as i hoped it would be Sometimes I felt like she was writing this for the sake of writing a book.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! It's such an interesting perspective into mental health. It was hilarious and sad but also inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Felt like I was reading my own biography Jenny Lawson captures the struggles of everyday life when dealing with mental illness in such a way that almost anyone can identify with. I too struggle and felt she pulled the thoughts right out of my head and put them on paper. the way she went off on descriptive tangents that turned out absolutely hilarious made the book even better!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining! Lovely and quick read. Lawson has hilarious and touching life stories that she shares in a flowing writing style. Recommended!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious read!! Could not put it down. I love this book. Jenny Lawson's second book does not disappoint. Her honest and personal view and experience on life, accompanied with pictures. You'll be laughing out loud wondering how any of her stories could possibly be true. With her own special humour, you will feel like your having a chat with your best friend instead of just reading a book. I love it and anyone who wants a good laugh will love it too
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Furiously funny This book is amazingly funny. It can make you laugh, tear up, and feel not so very alone in the world! Highly recommend this for anyone who loves sarcasm!!! I literally laughed out loud in public, and at home! You won't regret it!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun but not for everyone I found this book refreshing, in the way that it's kind of unique. I think if you go into this without any expectations, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed. Not at all what I expected.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious I bought this book after hearing about it on the radio and I could not stop laughing. It a funny and truthful account of what it's like to have depression and anxiety.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Same as the first but better Lawson returns to share wild wacky stories about her family and mental health rollercoaster
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny & Honest I loved it. It was at times dark but always honest and very funny. I like that it's not only a memoir but also gives great advice on how to get through dark times with humour. She's honest about her mental health and has made strident efforts to reduce the stigma that still comes with the diagnosis.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and real I laughed until I almost cried several times in this book. Jenny brings humour and light to some topics that are normally somewhat taboo. People don't like to talk about mental health but she does and in a way that's 100% relatable even if you don't suffer from it yourself. Cannot recommend it enough!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't bother I was so looking forward to reading this book after all the talk about it. I honestly forced myself through it. The odd laugh, but mostly just not funny.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Furiously torn I really wanted to love this book! It was on the top of my Christmas list and I dove right in. Some of the recollections had me keeled over from laughing so hard (LOVE LOVE LOVE the one about the possum in the night) but other times I was just skimming to get to the next funny part - and it honestly seemed like I was doing that more then anything else. I hardly ever call it quits on books but I just didn't see why I should continue reading. Sorry to say, since this a memoir and clearly about the very real author. I hadn't read her first book, but maybe thats a better starting place instead of Furiously Happy.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny read Read this book a while ago after reading the authors first memoir. She followed the same thread and subject as the last book. I found this book funny as well but not as good as her first. I would still recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED it I don't usually read 'funny' books, but this was the perfect amount of funny and serious. I love how she is so open about her mental health, which is so inspiring for others going through the same. Honestly, kind of made me feel like I could totally write a funny book if I wrote every single one of my thoughts down. Very relatable
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for the faint of heart There is quite a bit of swearing and Ms. Lawson is extremely blunt about everything in this book. But, she is very sincere and the book is hilarious. If you struggle with mental illness or even if you've just felt different for any reason, this book will make you realize that being yourself is better than trying to be like everyone else.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny This is not a story book with a plot and an ending. It is a collection of different anecdotes. It is written in a way you can sometimes relate to these little snips of life with mental illness. I thought this book was hilarious and well written.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't Even I just couldn't get into this book and returned it.
Date published: 2017-02-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Jenny Lawson:"We're living in an era of bestselling books by female comedians. But Lawson's book needs no lovable, familiar face on the front cover.She's unapologetic, candid, outrageous, and the book reaches new levels of hilarity because of it." -Entertainment Weekly (A)"Jenny made me laugh so hard I feared for my safety! I think that's how she was able to get past my defenses and make me feel more okay about myself." -Allie Brosh"You'll laugh, wince, writhe in discomfort, cry, then laugh again.But the two things you'll never do is doubt Jenny's brilliance or her fearlessness.She's changing the conversation one rented sloth at a time." -Brené Brown"Lawson's self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak...in a real and raw way." -O, The Oprah Magazine"Take one part David Sedaris and two parts Chelsea Handler and you'll have some inkling of the cockeyed humor of Jenny Lawson...[She] flaunts the sort of fearless comedic chops that will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose." -Parade