Back at the end of June, I wrote a post announcing the upcoming release of Allie Brosh’s second book, Solutions and Other Problems. It was so hard to wait for the book’s release date (and even harder to force myself to quarantine the Amazon box it arrived in out in my garage), but I’ve finally had the opportunity to read Solutions and Other Problems!
Solutions and Other Problems is a fantastic book, which fans of Hyperbole and a Half will definitely enjoy. In this book, Brosh relates a number of new stories from various points in her life, and discusses subjects such as: fairness, meditation exercises, friendship, and loneliness.
One of my favorite chapters in this book is the one entitled “Fairness,” which focuses on her aggravation with an inconsiderate neighbor who was hammering out on his roof prior to 8 AM, and how she chose to respond.
While many of the stories in this volume are extremely funny, there are also some serious sections in Solutions and Other Problems which talk about some medical problems Brosh faced, as well as the death of her sister. The author also talks about sadness, and the need to explain how you’re feeling.
I’ve been a big fan of Brosh’s work ever since I first read Hyperbole and a Half, and I loved Solutions and Other Problems every bit as much as her first book. Not only do I enjoy Brosh’s illustrations and sense of humor, but I really appreciate how relatable her writing is. That relatability is definitely one of her strengths as an author, and part of the reason why I enjoy her work so much. She is easy to empathize with, not only in the humorous moments, but also in the serious ones.
If you have the opportunity to read Solutions and Other Problems, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.