Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (Review)


Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Published by: Flatiron Books

Date of Publication: September 22nd 2015

Genres: Autobiography/Personal Memoirs

Pages: 329

Format: Audiobook (I own via Audible)

Trigger Warning: Self harm

Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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?


Disclaimer (LOL): I’d like to start off by saying that before listening to this audiobook I had no idea who Jenny Lawson was. Odd really because I love me some funny ladies; Mindy Khaling (My Goddess), Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer to name a few. I prefer & have, listened to some of these comedienne’s personal memoirs on Audible and found that I enjoy them more than if I was reading the book in physical format. This is most likely because these ladies have narrated their own books & done an amazing job at it.


Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy came at the right time honestly. I had walked past the crazy happy looking raccoon on the cover in Barnes & Noble one too many times. It wasn’t until I read two rave reviews from Amanda @ Cover2Covermom whose reviews are always on point & Donna @Chocolatenwaffles’Blog who i’ve recently started following & has an amazing blog, that I knew I had to give this one a go. After all, I had already used an Audible credit on it a few months back smh (zero self control lol) & I was a bit down and nervous about my 5 year old starting Kindergarten in a big school. In this book Jenny Lawson talks & often times hilariously rambles on about the every day things that run through her head while struggling with mental Illness. Jenny lists some of the mental disorders she has been diagnosed with such as Agoraphobia, depression, & anxiety to name a few. She also has a fascination, if not mild obsession (lol) with taxidermy and the raccoon on the cover was actually roadkill that she affectionately named Rory & took in her home. This book is a collection of sorts, stories, and thoughts that Lawson narrates all the while embracing her peculiarities, irrational behaviors, and her “crazy”. A label that she’s aware many view as incorrect & offensive but she feels comfortable with. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments as well as some dark moments. Lawson takes us into her mind & her most intimate thoughts she lays bare. As a person who struggles with social anxiety, mild OCD, and at times mild depression…I found comfort in those hours I spent listening to Jenny. I also found something I wasn’t expecting, understanding for the other person…the spouse. Jenny & her husband Victor argue a whole lot, but please show  me the marriage that doesn’t! I LOVED hearing Jenny re-enact argument’s between her & Victor because they aren’t your typical topics AT ALL! filled with humor I found myself shaking my head in amazement at how good a sport Victor can be when following any of Jenny’s wild ideas. I was also left with a new understanding for my own spouse who can be very supportive when i’m not at my very best.


“Last month, as Victor drove me home so I could rest, I told him that sometimes I felt like his life would be easier without me. He paused a moment in thought and then said, “It might be easier. But it wouldn’t be better.” 
― Jenny LawsonFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things


Oh Victor! I seriously enjoyed his parts & feel like I’ve known them all my life. Jenny doesn’t hold back, there’s plenty of profanity to go around which I didn’t mind at all. This book is about finding happiness in the mist of all the feelings you may or may not be able to control. There’s a certain liberating feeling that comes with acceptance & listening to Jenny you get the feeling that she is comfortable in her own skin & mind and that’s empowering. She still struggles on a daily basis but she has an amazing support system & an even more amazing sense of humor for all of the bad days. Like many others with similar mental disorders, Jenny sheds light on how these disorders often times hinder her from attending social events. How even when you feel like you have everything you could possibly want & should be happy…you can still experience anxiety and/or sadness.


“I wish someone had told me this simple but confusing truth: Even when everything’s going your way you can still be sad. Or anxious. Or uncomfortably numb. Because you can’t always control your brain or your emotions even when things are perfect.” 
― Jenny LawsonFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things


I am currently obsessed with all things Jenny Lawson & will be reading her other book Let’s pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir  as well as following her blog TheBloggess where I can get my dose of her dark humor & brutally unapologetic honesty while following her journey with mental illness…



Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

15 thoughts on “Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (Review)”

  1. Loved this review and thanks for featuring her blog, I definitely followed. I’m not a huge fan of memoirs but this one seems like something I would enjoy since you know, I have my own kind of messed up brain lol. I love the quotes you featured. The one with the husband made me tear. Great review once again Lilly!

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  2. I’m so happy you were motivated to read this from my review. Thank you so much for the shout out. Im also glad you were able to find a book that was so relatable for you. I just love Jenny’s lawson and I can’t wait to meet her and hear her do a panel in two short weeks!!!

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    1. LOL thank you!💕 this book is like medicine for any down day & I highly recommend it for a pick me up. There were many more quotes that I loved but were more profane & I wasn’t sure whether or not WordPress would approve 😂

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  3. THIS BOOK! I saw Shelby’s training flying monkeys review on Goodreads months and months ago and wanted it. Then I saw Donna’s review more recently and decided to order it. So I anxiously (hehe) waited for the book to arrive but it never showed. Turned out I forgot where I ordered it a.k.a. never ordered it at all :’). Anyhoo, so then I asked it for my bday, and my friends were like “Here, we’ve got all the books you asked for, but this one was out of stock”. FML. Now I’m reading your review and I can just rip the seating of my couch with my teeth out of frustration :’) (you can totally see why I need this book :’) ). Your review is freaking fabulous. That first quote: can I swap my husband for Victor?? 😉 JK. Or am I? O_o
    …there’s plenty of profanity to go around …. *fans self* Subscribed to her blog! 😀

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    1. Lmfaooo!!! Thank you Anne!!! I tried to do the book justice but trust me u just have to get your hands in it. SMH that really sucks, it’s like it’s being dangled on a string 🙈👀🙈😂 & when I was listening to it I kept gushing about Victor to my husband only to be met with a raised eyebrow LOL. As if to say…I AM VICTOR! Lmao! Yes to subscribing! I go on there to read all of her older posts waiting for a new one & I just can’t get enough. I hope you get it soon, can’t wait to hear your thoughts 💭

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      1. I hope it will be in my hands soon so I can give it all the lovin’ it needs :’). Ahahaha, mine would totally do the same XD. But really, I’m still hoping for a little more understanding from him *taps foot* ;). I haven’t had time to read her stuff yet, but I definitely will! Here’s to hoping that the first book delivers for ya as well! *cheers!*

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    1. Hey Stephanie! Of this I’m not sure, I myself had no idea prior to this book, who she is. I picked it primarily because it’s about mental disorders she deals with but with a dark sense of humor. This book is def worth a read or in my case, a good listen 😉


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