Furiously Happy
In LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

According to Jenny: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."

"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"

Jenny's first book, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it's about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn't need a bit more of that?

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  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Sep 19, 2016

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    So good. Listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Jenny herself.Jenny talks candidly (and hilariously!) about her life and mental illnesses. I have anxiety, and although my experiences and disorders aren't the same as Jenny's I found myself relating to the fears and emotion beh...

  • Stephanie
    Sep 18, 2016


    "I AM GOING TO BE FURIOUSLY HAPPY, OUT OF SHEER SPITE.” I really enjoyed Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things.At points, I laughed until I cried. This book is written tongue in cheek and contains a good amount of content about Lawson's struggle with m...

  • Helen 2.0
    Aug 29, 2016

    Helen 2.0

    Hilarious and meaningful at the same time. Jenny Lawson doesn't shy away from sharing her every thought, no matter how random. Even though she rambles through the whole book, I enjoyed it because that's how my brain talks to me too, especially when I'm emotional; rambling, off-topic hy...

  • Rita
    Jul 29, 2016


    Quando terminei este livro sentia-me tão bem, tão feliz. Só me apetecia falar sobre o livro, recomendá-lo, reler as passagens mais marcantes e olhar, uma vez mais, para este guaxinim maravilhosamente bem-disposto (o Rory). É impossível não sorrir. Acho até que v...

  • Vitor Martins
    Jun 22, 2016

    Vitor Martins

    Peguei esse livro pra ler (ouvir, na verdade) esperando uma abordagem divertida sobre depressão e ansiedade. E pra minha surpresa, eu gostei muito mais das partes em que a Jenny Lawson falava de maneira mais "séria" do que das partes onde ela era propositalmente engraçada. Cla...

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jun 19, 2016

    Cait (Paper Fury)

    This book is furiously awesome. And I believe I'm mildly shrieking right now because IT WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO READ. It's about anxiety and depression, written in a really random and crazy and hyperbolic way -- and it was perfect. It was a very ME book. Usually books about anxiety (...

  • Trudi
    Jun 15, 2016


    I’m having one of those rare days where I love people and all of the amazing wonder they’re capable of and if someone fucks that up for me I will stab them right in the face. ~Jenny LawsonI AM GOING TO BE FURIOUSLY HAPPY, OUT OF SHEER SPITE. ~Jenny Lawson I've shamelessly l...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jun 11, 2016

    Raeleen Lemay

    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 alw...

  • Inge
    May 26, 2016


    This is my 500th book. I have read 500 books! I DNFed a bunch but I also reread a bunch so it sort of adds up. FIVE HUNDRED. This was a really good book to set that milestone with. The author is delightfully quirky and also slightly crazy and absurd and I loved every word of it. "There...

  • Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
    May 20, 2016

    Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

    So good I'm not even going to review it. I'll just leave these quotes here. "When you come out of the grips of depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen again.""The...