Regular price: $27.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Humor, 2016

In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling 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 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.'"

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.

The audiobook contains a bonus chapter only available to listeners.

©2014 Jenny Lawson (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5,635
  • 4 Stars
    1,741
  • 3 Stars
    763
  • 2 Stars
    347
  • 1 Stars
    394

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6,033
  • 4 Stars
    1,173
  • 3 Stars
    439
  • 2 Stars
    211
  • 1 Stars
    334

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4,981
  • 4 Stars
    1,622
  • 3 Stars
    801
  • 2 Stars
    367
  • 1 Stars
    395
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Small doses.

I love Jenny Lawson. Sometimes her ramblings take me too far off topic; perhaps that's the goal? In any case, I could listen to her talk all day. For my own mental health I had to take this one in small doses though.

53 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Review by a Social Worker

As a person who practices psychotherapy and has experience in medical social work, I have to say that I found this book interesting, funny, and heart breaking. There were moments when I paused it and wrote down a quote to share with a client in a later session because her description on some things with mental health were so on key. My favorite chapter was the one on anti-psychotics. I believe some individuals with mental health illnesses will find this book very comforting. I believe there are moments when most of us who have a diagnosis or work with those who do can say "Oh my gosh! Yes! That's exactly it!"

However, as a professional who does this for 40+ hours a week, I found myself having difficulty reading the 2nd half of the book. It's not to say it was a poor half, but because I was getting to a point where I didn't want to read anymore. I felt like some of her tangents went on too much and while I know it was important because she was letting us into her brain and how it operates, I found it exhausting.

To sum it up, I do think anyone who has struggled with a mental illness would find aspects in this book that they could relate to and find joy in it. I also think it's a good read for anyone who loves a person with a mental illness to receive some clarity.

105 of 114 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Em86
  • Norman, OK
  • 09-27-15

Fantastic book

This book is a wonderful insight into living with mental illness. It is witty and full of humor and hope. Yes, this book delves into the dark side of depression but offers help and light. I also enjoyed listening to the author read this book. It makes it even better.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing book

Loved it! I was in a dark place with my depression and reading this helped pull me out. She is so funny and just so her that I'm now a huge fan!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

MANY laugh out loud in my work cubical moments!

What made the experience of listening to Furiously Happy the most enjoyable?

The narrator is actually the author of the book and she did a fantastic job. It is common with many books I listen to the author narrating their own book is a bad idea. She did a great job and honestly made it more enjoyable than if some random person did the narration. She was able to reenact the actual ciaos in her head.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Rory! The story of Rory and his random adventures had me laughing out loud in this quite office of hundreds of people. People would look at me like I lost my mind. However, pretty much all the characters have their own awesomeness.

What does Jenny Lawson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought it to life. I think if I was reading the book it would be a bunch of randomness that seemed to have no reason and wouldn't of got passed the first few chapters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it all in one setting it was that good. I Loved this book. Surprisingly, I don't typically enjoy comedy books but needed a change of pace. I honestly thought it would be a book that I listened a hour a day until it was completed in between chapters of my other books. However, I put my trilogy on hold to listen to this from start to finish!

Any additional comments?

If you easily offended by adult content, language, offensive humor, or random awesomeness this isn't your book. As Jenny states in the beginning "If you don't enjoy this book perhaps your not crazy enough to read it."

Best motivational quote from the book: "Pretend your good at it"

This book is definitely "a funny book about horrible things" but its so true for those of us who struggle with mental disabilities.

I feel like this book closely relates to my life that I questioned if she read my journals. Loved it. This might be the first book in my audible history of me listening to again.

In conclusion: POOR VICTOR! ( her husband) they are polar opposites but it makes for a great story. Plus, a great insight of their lives.

49 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Comedic cures for my deceptive brain...

Just pretend you're good at being sane...
Jenny is a godsend & I don't know how I would've gotten through many a nights without her hilariously relatable words. I fell in love with her first book & waited impatiently for this release. I am not disappointed in the least. Even if you don't suffer from mental illness she will have you in stitches! So many awkward moments & uncomfortable scenarios you can't help but relate to your own life. Especially if you're a woman... Finding humor in the darkest moments is imperative to my survival. Jenny has helped me with this more than I can ever put into words.
BUY THIS & BUY IT NOW!
I prefer the audio as it animates her writing for the most pleasurable laugh out loud experience possible. Then again, maybe that's just because of my ADHD & anxiety induced insomnia... Either way I'm confident you won't regret it!

68 of 78 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 01-05-16

I am also one of the crazies - I recognize myself

Ms Lawson shared herself so completely... letting herself be vulnerable, and allowing me to fully appreciate her thoughts on mental illness. I, too, suffer from depression and anxiety and have sometimes thought myself quite mad. This book allowed me to review my own thoughts about this illness and the silly craziness of it. It allowed me to see the positive and to realize that I too can be furiously happy.

The book is funny, silly, open, real and sometimes crazy. I loved that.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

You will laugh out loud

I have a hard copy of this book, however I drive several hours a day, so I decided to download the audible book as well. Win. Enjoy Jenny's narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Laugh out loud funny

Jenny Lawson had me rolling on the floor laughing, which is always good... Except when you're driving.

26 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Terrible - Self-Involved & Lacking Continuity

What disappointed you about Furiously Happy?

The book is so random. I can't remember the author connecting back to the point of the book (i.e. how to force yourself to be furiously happy while battling mental illness, which is the whole reason I picked up this book) more than maybe 3 times, and it was super brief. Otherwise it was like sitting down in front of your computer and reading exaggerated blog post after blog post about a woman who is so incredibly self-involved and shallow and that I was essentially giving her permission to be this way by allowing her piercing valley girl narrative to invade my car everyday. Discussions around mental illness were peppered in, but by no means was that the focus of the story. I honestly don't know WHAT the focus of the story was except maybe to give the writer an opportunity to show us half-true stories in hopes that they put her life in an interesting light. It didn't work.

What was most disappointing about Jenny Lawson’s story?

It introduced me to a woman who is incredibly shallow, insensitive, and self-absorbed. I can't stand people like that. I actually feel like I've just spent hours with someone who cares about no one but herself. Like if we shared a commute to work together I expect she would just talk about herself the entire time, while I drove (I'd always get stuck being the driver). Aside from her daughter, briefly, she gave no impression that she had any interest in the personal lives or feelings of any of the characters in her book. She puts roadkill taxidermy behind her husband's head while he's in video conference calls for work because she thinks it's funny. Seriously...?

What didn’t you like about Jenny Lawson’s performance?

Her voice and the run on nonsense that lasts through the entire book. Here is me talking like her: "So like... I did this thing? and it was so funny that I was like, what kind of cheese is that? Do I even like cheese? I don't even know where cheese comes from, and by the way, I got this haircut? and I sort of love it. Like, I REALLY love it. Even though my hair is complicated, and wirey, and spindly, and sometimes it falls out and fills our bed and chokes my husband while he sleeps... But you know what? It's okay. Because it's mine and I think it's f****** amazing."

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Furiously Happy?

I would have told Jenny to start over. Write a memoir that is real, instead of one that is clearly forced and artificial. I would have enjoyed this more if it was honest. I am usually a huge fan of autobiographies.

Any additional comments?

I never read just half a book, so once I started this one I made myself finish it. My review is reflecting the whole dang thing. I could relate to some of her day to day ramblings, but it wasn't enough to make me feel like I'd had more than a 1 star experience.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful