How did I get it?
I bought it!
This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder. When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited by the possibilities — freedom from parents, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be. At first, she revelled in the independence … but as pressures increased , she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.
I have been meaning to get around to this book for quite some time now. I feel like I have a bit of a connection with it as I personally suffer from anxiety. Having such a connection can really affect my opinion of a book, especially if mental health isn’t presented in a ‘real’ way. I wasn’t worried about this as Samantha Schutz’s story is a true story.
Reading I Don’t Want To Be Crazy feels like you’re creeping in on someone’s personal diary. Samantha writes with raw honesty. You really feel as a reader that you’re experiencing what it is like to suffer with anxiety. The descriptions are really relatable and true to those that suffer with anxiety.
This book is written in verse and I think it’s really interesting to read it in this way. I don’t think the verse really showed how powerful words can be, but at the same time, it came across as incredibly honest and to the point. That’s what you want. As a reader I want the mental health stigma to ease and for mental health to be recognised and understood more. This is why I appreciated the book!
Would I recommend it?:
It won’t be for everyone, but I think this is a really honest look at mental health.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about resolutions. I decided to go for the Top Ten books I resolve to read this year! These are books that have been on my TBR forever, they’re not necessarily ‘new’ books.
In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads):
I Don’t Want To Be Crazy- Samantha Schutz
I really want to read this book, which is said to be a powerful book about anxiety.
If I Stay- Gayle Forman
I have been meaning to read this book for so long now! I don’t know why I haven’t got around to it yet…
Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park
I adore this author so I’m unsure why I haven’t got around to this book yet! This year for sure.
My Age of Anxiety- Scott Stossel
My sister gave me this book. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to in 2016.
Red At Night- Katie McGarry
I’ve heard so many mixed things about this book, but me being me, I want to form my own opinion of it!
Finding Cinderella- Colleen Hoover
I adored Hopeless, so hopefully I can squeeze this novella somewhere into my reading in 2016.
How To Love- Katie Cotugno
This book has been on my TBR for so long now. I need to read it!
Picture Me Gone- Meg Rosoff
Same as above! This book has been on my TBR for ages. I need to get to it!
Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn
I read Gone Girl years ago and fully intended to read more from Gillian Flynn. I actually intend to this year!
Don’t Touch- Rachel M.Wilson
I am so intrigued to read this book. I’m hoping to find time for it this year!
What are your bookish/or not so bookish resolutions for this year? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!
As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!
I was approved for Sally Green’s Half Wild which I’m excited about. I loved Half Bad and can’t wait to dig into the next instalment. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach was on my list of 2015 débuts I’m excited for, so I was happy to be approved for this book too!
I bought I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings for part of the Banned Books feature that I have with Bibliobeth. I’m excited to read this book.
Winger is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while, but for some reason I didn’t get around to!
I Don’t Want To Be Crazy is a book about anxiety. I like to read books that tackle this issue as I suffer from anxiety myself. Hopefully this one will impress!
Everything I Never Told You is a 2014 début that I didn’t get around to! I’m looking forward to reading it.
What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀