Monday, April 5, 2021

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


Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson 

Publication Date: April 6, 2021 by Henry Holt and Co.

Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir

Pages: 304

Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley for review 

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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.

Jenny Lawson is one of my favorite writers. Her books feature relatable stories about her daily life, including her struggles with anxiety and depression. Having been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I can relate to a lot of what is in her books. Lawson’s real-life accounts are at times hilarious, causing me to laugh out loud at the silliness of it all. Other stories are more serious, focusing on the never-ending struggle to just feel some semblance of normalcy when you are constantly dealing with anxiety and depression. These relatable stories made me emotional because I’ve been there.

Broken (in the Best Possible Way) is the second book that I’ve read by Jenny Lawson. I loved the other book that I’ve read by her, and I enjoyed this one just the same, maybe even a little more. I laughed as Lawson kept losing her shoe in elevators and bathrooms; I nodded my head in agreement as I read her open letter to her health insurance company, and I got emotional when I read about her struggles with depression. 

If you’ve read Lawson’s previous books, you’re sure to enjoy this one. I recommend Broken (in the Best Possible Way) to anyone looking for an entertaining read filled with humorous and heartfelt stories. I look forward to reading Lawson’s future books. She is now an auto-buy author for me!

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