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What the community says about Girl, Interrupted
- "This is a well written memoir of a woman being treated in a mental institution in the 1960's. Times were different and many people (e.g. James Taylor) spent time in this institution. My disappointment was that very little was said regarding why she was admitted, her dx and treatment and how she healed."
- "I devoured this book and knew before I even finished it that I loved it, which is uncommon for me. Kaysen's description of borderline personality and the cognitive struggle between what is real and what we perceive is not only wonderfully insightful but fascinating to read. As soon as my friend finishes reading this, it's likely I'll read it all over again."
- "I love movies that feature people who are mentally disturbed. Girl, Interrupted nailed it as far as that goes. In addition to the book the movie was based on, this movie really featured the way asylums function. I thought this plot moved well and had great edgy characters."
- "Girl, Interrupted has been an important book for me throughout my life. Any teenager or young woman will be able to appreciate the raw honesty of this tale. The main character shows the hardships of drug and addiction with truth but also deep empathy--it is beautifully written."
- "This book provides a very detailed account for the different times that these events took place. I would say the book is less dramatic than the movie and goes into more detail. I liked that she recounts what happened after her stay in the psychiatric institution, but it would have been even better if there were more detail into her life before she was admitted."
- "I just couldn't get into this. I've heard so many good things about this book so I decided to give it a read and I regret it. I am not a fan of vague vignettes, in fact I down right dislike them and this book is full of them. It became an instant turn off the second I identified them"
- "Girl, Interrupted was not my cup of tea. I found it difficult to follow. The character's descent into madness made it difficult for me to track the plot lines from chapter to chapter. I found myself rereading sections just to make sure I understood what I read. "
- "I'm looking for a book with mentally ill characters for my book club group. I had heard of Girl, Interrupted but never seen it and didn't know it was about a mentally ill teen. It looks like it is very good ratings, and an interesting plot. I will definitely put it on a short list of possible choices!"
- "Having seen the movie, it was interesting to read the book. I know that a lot of the movie was for dramatic affect, but the book honed in on a lot of the feelings/emotions/problems that many people in the world today feel. Knowing that had we lived decades earlier, many would have been placed in the same types of facilities makes me glad that I live now and sad that people had to endure such travesties"
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- "In Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen tells the story of her two-year sojourn in a psychiatric hospital. She tells about her fellow patients and her and their diagnoses and treatment. This all started in 1967, so the changing views of what's appropriate for a young woman further complicates what's expected of Susanna as a psychiatric patient. The book is told in a series of vignettes and has a non-linear structure, so it's rather hard to follow. If you stick with it, it's worth reading. If you require your books to have a well-defined beginning, middle and end, you may want to give this a miss."
- "This book was a really interesting read about different aspects of mental illness. I had a hard time following the story, because events don't take place in chronological order. Overall I felt it provided a completely new perspective on people with psychological disorders."