Those lovely people who frequently visit my blog may remember that back in January I set myself a target of reading at least one book a month. Those same – but small – group of people will probably notice that last month I did not for fill my promise of reviewing said book on this here blog. The simple reason for my distinct lack of book related blog post’s is because of one reason and one reason only. I did not bother to read the book, not even the blurb! I could make up some shitty excuse to justify my failings – like it was my first month back at work – but I won’t pardon my behavior. Instead I’ll just do what I do best. Pretend it didn’t happen and hope nobody notices!
So forgetting about March’s mishap I decided to make a start on a book which has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time – Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. I’m not entirely sure where I first read about it but I have a sneaking suspicion it was on someone’s blog. Not to mention that it kept popping up all over my Insta. When I book comes highly recommended by a shit ton of people I just know I’ve got to give it a try!
What’s it all about?
Bryony Gordon is a columnist for the Telegraph, a successful author, a wife, a mother and a woman who is brave enough to bring mental health issues into the public eye. Mad Girl is a memoir about her struggles with OCD, her dependency to drugs, battling eating disorders and coping with depression. Whilst been completely honest and candid, Bryony successfully adds a splash of humor to a challenging aspect of her life. A book which will have you laughing and crying but most definitely hooked.
Why this Book?
Having had my own struggles with mental health it’s something which I’m really passionate about. It’s so important that we banish the stigma which has overshadowed a serious illness for way too long. With so many brave individuals openly discussing their demons, mental health is no longer a taboo topic. It’s becoming less normal to hide away. I knew after reading the blurb alone that this book would resonate with me for a very long time. I knew I would find it easy to compare my own troubles to that experienced by Bryony and that I would find some solace in knowing that it isn’t just me that has these crazy thoughts.
What’s my Verdict?
This book lived up to every expectation and then some. While delving into the dark depths of depression, Bryony makes it OK to laugh in the face of depression. We all know that OCD is no laughing matter but give it the face of Jareth the Goblin King and watch the giggles appear. She tackles a very serious topic in a way which I found inspiring. If there’s one person who makes you want to discuss mental health then it’s Bryony Gordon. At so many points throughout reading her book I felt right there with her. Like she was almost writing her words for me, about me. Whether you’re fighting your own battles or know someone close to you who is, I urge you to read this book. It’s an invaluable insight into mental health that is sure to get people talking.
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