Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy

By Jenny Lawson

  • Release Date: 2015-09-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 537 Ratings


In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

As Jenny says:

"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 f****d-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.'"

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."

Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.


  • Over dramatized and not funny

    By eigram
    I can feel her spaz on each page. I would describe this book as a lady spazzing while doing ordinary things. Spazzing at home. Spazzing at the doctors. Spazzing in crowds. List goes on.
  • Unapologetically Hilarious!

    There are moments you don’t know whether you should cringe or laughing that alone seems this a book worth reading! I laughed out loud many times throughout the book!
  • Excellent

    By Pellekarma
    Explains depression in many ways I've never thought of before, with humor. I suffer from major depression and appreciate what I learned and am able to take from this book.
  • Jenny Lawson is my spirit animal!

    By Leximo92
    Such a good read, especially for anyone who struggles with anxiety or depression. Tip: do not read in public because you will be laughing out loud a lot.
  • This book understands me

    By Countrygal191
    But you might not understand this book, so definitely download a sample before buying the whole thing. Jenny blew it out of the park again. The only book I've ever been able to completely lose myself in, I was genuinely surprised when there were no pages left! If you have ever struggled with mental illness, especially anxiety, I definitely recommend.
  • This book is a beacon of light in my day.

    By Sam62891
    Jenny Lawson – thank you for writing this honest and hilarious book. Some days, it was the only thing that made me smile. This book is great because, for me, it was an escape and a comfort. I look forward to more books :)
  • Love!!!

    By blvnu
    This book made me laugh, cry and laugh again! This book is fantastic and witty. Helps one to know you are not the only one alone and feeling crazy. This book made me laugh so hard, that my husband would look at me like I was crazy. I told him you have to read this I just cannot explain it. Thank you Jenny for making me feel a lil bit more normal! 😂
  • Hate it when people try to hard

    By Ray Ray rat
    If I wanted to read a dumb book with people trying to hard to make it "funny" but clearly they don't know how to make things sound more fun then they already look
  • Funny, dark, real

    By KCBowen
    After the first few chapters, I resigned to the fact that I could not read this book in quiet, public places, because the bursts of laughter were so frequent. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. It's also one of the most real books I've read. Dark and sad in some places, but so real. This is a great book for anyone with or without a mental illness. Those with will gain a new companion on their journeys. Those without are offered a glimpse into the struggles (and sometimes joys) people with mental illnesses face.
  • Furiously Happy

    By Becktacular
    This is the first book I've ever read that has changed my life. I started on a journey about a year ago to find myself and this book came along to assure me I and indeed not alone.