Solutions and Other Problems—Funny Stories About Horrible Things

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh is a partially illustrated, partially written memoir-ish book about parts of Allie’s life. It’s largely funny, even though horrible things happen.

1—Life is Weird

Seriously. A lot of what Allie chronicles are just the random, weird things in life, told in a way that highlights the what-the-fuck-ness of it all, but also made me laugh a lot.

2—Life is Meaningless

There really is some heavy shit in this book—death, depression, hope, lack of hope, persistence in the face of it all anyway. But, again, usually in a way that made me laugh despite myself. You have been warned.

3—Life is Random

The first chapter is about how, as a child, Allie was determined to get herself stuck in a bucket. There’s a whole chapter about how fucked up The Ugly Duckling and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are as children’s stories. There’s another about babysitting a child who it tuns out is deathly afraid of dandelions. There’s dogs and a cat and people and loneliness and fucked up behavior and it feels light and heavy at the same time and…seriously, I can’t explain it all, just read it.


Solutions and Other Problems is defiant in the face of meaninglessness. Allie finds or makes humor wherever she can. I loved this book. It’s the first story I’ve been able to read in four months.

One thought on “Solutions and Other Problems—Funny Stories About Horrible Things

  1. I’ve been unsure about reading this author’s books because I’m not a fan of her artwork but I’ve heard a lot of good things about them. I’m curious about this one but I’ll probably read ‘Hyperbole and a Half’ first. 🙂


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