ARC Review: Broken by Jenny Lawson

Broken (in the best possible way)

Title: Broken

Author: Jenny Lawson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Published: April 6, 2021

Pages: 288

Format: e-ARC through Netgalley- Thank you, Henry Holt and Co.!

If you haven’t read a book by Jenny Lawson then you are absolutely missing out. I know that some people are thrown by her covers. She explains them and it’s so perfect. It makes absolute sense! For example, in this book she talks about the illustrator that did this, has a lot of “people carrying their own baffling little monsters” in his collection. She says, “I take mine out in the sun and try to appreciate that the flowers it rips up from the garden can sometimes be just as lovely when stuck in the teeth of its terrible mouth.”

Jenny is brilliant at making you laugh, mostly at her expense, and then getting really real with you. She is so honest and unfiltered. A lot of her thoughts start in one direction but then has these long tangents. Honestly, sometimes it’s the best part! I’ve learned so much about her, her thinking process, and her mental health. I love how real she is and doesn’t shy away from the uglier side of things. She lays it all out there. She tackles some sensitive and hard things but can bring the humor too.

This book really does kind of pull you in a lot of directions, emotionally. There are some really serious things she talks about. For example, a chapter is a letter written to her insurance company. It’s not funny and it’s so sad but very true. She opens up a lot about her therapy and treatments. Not only that but all the diseases she has and medications she’s taking that cause other side effects. It’s not funny at all but I’m so glad that she sheds a light on these things. She does it in a way that doesn’t say, “feel sorry for me” but it’s just what it is.

I highly recommend the audio version. It give it so much more and I really enjoyed it. I listened while I read along and it made it all the better. If you are looking for a great audiobook/book then I highly recommend this one.


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