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Book Review: Girl, Interrupted

Have you ever had a book that you cannot put down? I began to read Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen on Friday and I finished it in two days.

Kaysen's memoir was written in 1993 and was a candid tale of two years of her life in a psychiatric hospital in the late 1960s.

She is unusually frank about her own struggles, as well as the ineffectiveness of the system in which she was dumped at the age of 18. There were times when I did not know whether I should laugh, cry, gasp, or become enraged.

As I read about her journey into what others might deem "insanity," I could not help but wonder where the line was between it and sanity. Any one of us, in the right (or wrong) situation, could end up being diagnosed (labeled) with a mental illness. Perhaps, we are all just a little bit crazy.

Girl, Interrupted certainly has the capacity to make a compelling case.

© Coral Levang, 2015

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allen0187 wrote on March 22, 2015, 8:50 PM

There is a movie version of this. Not sure how different the movie version fromt eh book but the movie got good reviews. The movie starred Winon Ryder, Angelina Jolie, and Brittany Murphy.

CoralLevang wrote on March 22, 2015, 9:24 PM

I just looked up the reference and it was made six years after the book. I will have to see if I can get the movie through the library. Thank you.

allen0187 wrote on March 22, 2015, 9:34 PM

You are most welcome

HappyLady wrote on March 22, 2015, 10:06 PM

I had the film. Now I am wondering where it went. It was one I watched more than once and of interest to me working in a psych hospital, sometimes on a locked ward at the age of 18 in the seventies and sometimes seeing girls my own age or younger there. We had this huge bunch of keys to wear on our belt and there were women who were so sick they lived in padded cells.

CoralLevang wrote on March 22, 2015, 10:11 PM

You might enjoy the book. It was an easy read, and kept me interested.

JohnRoberts wrote on March 23, 2015, 1:31 AM

I saw the movie adaptation. Angelina Jolie won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance.

CoralLevang wrote on March 23, 2015, 3:06 AM

I am going to have to see if I can find it. Now I am curious!

GemOfAGirl wrote on March 23, 2015, 9:21 AM

I saw the movie, too. All the actors did a great job.

LeaPea2417 wrote on March 23, 2015, 11:48 AM

I never read the book but I saw the movie starring Angelina Jolie. I thought the movie was very good.

Porcospino wrote on March 23, 2015, 4:27 PM

I have seen the movie, and I found it interesting. I didn't know that there was a book as well. I would like to read it.

AliCanary wrote on March 25, 2015, 1:54 PM

I should read this book, as I enjoyed the movie very much. Angelina Jolie did an incredible job in it.