A beautifully written memoir about mental health and coming to terms with the death of the author’s well-loved psychiatrist (whose voice she still hears in her head). Forrest writes from a unique perspective as a young, successful writer living in New York who has ties to glamorous Hollywood. While sad at times this book is also full of wit and humour.
A quick read, and partly because it's quite interesting. If you don't already know who the mystery man in the book is, I recommend you DON'T look it up... wait until you're done to find out; I did this (upon recommendations of friends) and it added to the experience. Overall, I was definitely very intrigued, although I can't agree with the reviews that rave about Forrest's writing style. If anything, I found the writing itself so-so, but the events and trying to figure out her mystery man the more fascinating aspects. And Dr. R sounds like he was a terrific person.
Extremely well written, Emma Forrest is very good at what she does. Could not put it down.
One of my favorite reads of 2012. The way Emma writes so candidly about her illness haunts you for months after you’ve finished reading it. I love that she kept certain peoples names out of it; it wasn’t about them it was about her internal struggles. I’ve heard they are in talks to make this in to a movie, I hope they can do it justice.
Very well-written and plotted (I read it one sitting) - but as for content...I really appreciated the author's candor about thoughts and parts of life that most people would not be brave enough to reveal, but she never succeeded in conveying the experience of her mental illness (which expressed itself in self-destructive behaviors such as degrading sex and cutting). It came across as a surface account of her real feelings and motivations. Also, she makes a big deal about protecting the anonymity of her psychiatrist's (the voice in her head) family - at his widow's request - but provides more than enough information in the book to ID them from a 5 second internet search. Plus, even aside from the author's annoying penchant for irrelevant name-dropping, she remains shallowly vain about her access to entertainment celebrities (read: Colin Farrell). So I came away from the book both sympathetic to and irritated by her. This is obviously a personal reaction and shouldn't dissuade anyone interested in the subjects of psychotherapy, mental illness, or fickle movie stars.
Really enjoyed this book - a great memoir
Well written book, but the subject is a bit self-indulgent (as I'm sure mental illness tends to be). The author has a lovely way with a phrase.
This is such a well-written, tormented story of Forrest's struggle through her mental illness and dealing with loss. It is the first book of hers I read and I'm hooked.
Excellent portrayal of mental illness and how it distorts reality and causes life problems.
I am tired of books always using subjects that appear to have money and some stability so that although life is certainly difficult there is always a large sfety net.
Not sure this is real for many who suffer the same illness in large part.
Emma Forrest has done the world a service by describing the illness but I do not believe she lives the tradegy in full.
This book has had a lot of press coverage and focuses on the author's struggles with self-mutilation, mania and depression. Ultimately the book, and the author herself, is a bit of a tease. She is constantly referring to extremely well-known writers, playwrights, actors and so forth, and declaring how she socializes or has affairs with them, but then coyly gives them code names. She does however name-drop lots of other celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Leonard Cohen. The book to me seems a bit self-indulgent and 'look at me'. I wouldn't recommend it. But the cover is gorgeous!
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