Sunday, April 26, 2020

Your Brain Needs a Hug by Rae Earl - OPTIONAL

Your Brain Needs a Hug by Rae Earl, 273 pages. NON-FICTION. Imprint (Macmillan), 2019. $13.

Language: R (25 swears, 0 “f” + British swears); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Earl is open, vulnerable, and candid as she talks about her experiences with anxiety, eating disorders, therapy, and more. While she does not have any degrees in psychology, Earl has felt helpless, belittled, and worthless. You are not alone, and you are strong enough to overcome whatever you are dealing with.

I enjoyed reading a non-clinical and very real view of mental health and other issues we all struggle with. Earl’s book is easy to read because she writes conversationally, as if she’s in the room with you and not simply talking at an imagined audience. Overall, there is some good advice here as well as things to think about (my favorite chapter is the one on self-esteem), but this is not a guide for everyone because they are based on Earl’s personal experiences. The mature content rating is for drug and alcohol use, mentions of sex and molesting, nudity on a page of illustration, and a discussion of masturbation. The violence rating is for mentions of violent outbursts, self harm, and abuse.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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