Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy

By Jenny Lawson

  • Release Date: 2015-09-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 156 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.


  • 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.
  • 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! 😂
  • We are all on the spectrum of mental illness, everyone.

    By carsonaustin
    The 2am Cat Rodeo had me in tears, literally laughing so hard, (on the airplane), shoulders shaking, covering my mouth, the whole bit. I had to stop and set the iPad down but still couldn't control my laughter. The passenger next to me probably thought: "great, 4hr flight and we aren't off the ground and this crazy clown is having a mental breakdown, middle seats should be outlawed." I understand more about mental illness now, at times a gift and other times a curse. Acurate and worth your time to read especially during the parts when you think ugh, this chick is exhausting. -Carson Austin.
  • Brilliantly honest and brutally truthful.

    By Sallie54
    From screaming AMEN!! to nodding my head in agreement to snorting laughter and shaking the bed while my husband was trying to sleep, this is the book that I want everyone who knows me to read so that they might understand me for 25 seconds without tuning me out because I obviously have no idea of what I am saying or they want me to be serious for a moment without realizing that if I did, I would plunge into the darkness and be afraid that I may never regain my footing.
  • YES.

    By Chase Whale
    Jenny takes the LOLs to a whole new level of absurdity.
  • Even better than her first!

    By T. Jane262
    Hilarious & I'm only halfway through. She's brilliant!