Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Life Inside My Mind by Jessica Burkhart - ESSENTIAL

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles, edited by Jessica Burkhart, 295 pages. Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $17.99 

Language: R (47 swears, 4 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13



These 31 authors get down into the details of their realities, whether they themselves or those they love deal with mental illnesses. The difficulty for each of these authors to gather courage to share their experiences can be felt in each page as they address topics like anxiety, ADHD, depression, therapy, OCD, self-injury, shame, PTSD, worthlessness, loneliness, and so much more. Each personal essay has been written for readers to know that they are not alone. You do not suffer alone, and there is hope and happiness in living your life.

I think that this book was very well put together because it is so real and it addresses topics that most people shy away from—a problem that is also talked about in these personal essays. These stories are important for teenagers and adults to read so that we can better understand how to help each other and ourselves. While the swearing did make this book an “R” rating, I am going to recommend this book because of the importance of the message that the authors opened their hearts to share. For me, the message is more important than the rating of this book. 

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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