Girl, Interrupted (Vintage)

by Susanna Kaysen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679746048 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 7/15/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 15, 2005
Received this from Titletrader.

From Chapters:
At the age of 18, author Susanna Kaysen checked herself into a psychiatric hospital with a diagnosis of "borderline personality." After a botched suicide attempt, she felt she no longer had a grip on reality and needed to address the dark jumble in her head. More than 30 years later, she puts her experiences down on paper. Thus, Girl Interrupted recounts Kaysen’s road to recovery and her eventual release from McLean Psychiatric Hospital. With rich characters like Susan, who was thin and yellow and wrapped everything in toilet paper, and Daisy, who had an a passion for laxatives and chicken, this is one close up view of life in the mixed up world of psychiatric hospitals.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 07, 2008
After Susanna overdosed on drugs trying to kill herself, her parents send her to therapy. She is sent to a therapist on the other side of town and after only 30 minutes, the therapist decides that Susanna should be admitted to the famous psychiatric hospital McLean, where Ray Charles and John Nash have stayed. Just from this decision made in 30 minutes, Susanna loses a year and a half of her life staying in the hospital. They diagnose her with borderline personality syndrome.

Susanna tells of the friends she makes in the hospital and their stories. Some are sad, some are funny. But really the point of this book is to determine what defines us as crazy? And can a single doctor, in 30 minutes, really determine properly if someone belongs in a hospital? Isn't everyone a little crazy?

I found some of Susanna's commentary on her disease to be a bit tiresome, but the last chapter on it was very interesting. Having seen the movie, I was expecting something entirely different. The book is nothing like the movie at all - and in this case I found the movie to be more interesting, even if less realistic, than the book.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, July 12, 2008
Sent off to GateGypsy!

Journal Entry 4 by GateGypsy from Ladysmith, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Worth noting: this edition is the movie tie-in trade paperback size, so it has different cover art.

Arrived safely (and a little unexpectedly!) with two other books. Thank you, HoserLauren!

Journal Entry 5 by Tribefan at Lakemore, Ohio USA on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Thank you for sending! This book will be wild released on Feb. 8th by the Rubber City Book Posse at the Akron Reading Festival held at the main branch of the Akron Public Library.

Journal Entry 6 by Tribefan at Akron Reading Festival in Akron, Ohio USA on Saturday, January 11, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (2/8/2014 UTC) at Akron Reading Festival in Akron, Ohio USA


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