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by Susanna Kaysen
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the reading chronicles
the reading chronicles rated it 4 years ago
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele -- Sylvia Plath, Rob...
Word Revel
Word Revel rated it 4 years ago
Actual rating: 2.5 starsInitial thougths: Given that the author was committed to a psychiatric hospital and Girl, Interrupted is a memoir chronicling that time, I didn't think the book did it all that much justice. Little was actually shared through the book that an observer couldn't have written. T...
Malin
Malin rated it 5 years ago
When Susanna Kaysen was 18, she went to see a new psychiatrist for a conversation after what appears to have been a suicide attempt. She swallowed a large amount of sleeping pills, then regretted her decision and wandered out into the street to get help. The psychiatrist claimed to have spoken to an...
hippieed perceptions
hippieed perceptions rated it 5 years ago
"A lot of mind, though, is turning out to be brain. A memory is a particular pattern of cellular changes on particular spots in our heads. A mood is a compound of neurotransmitters. Too much acetylcholine, not enough serotonin, and you've got depression. So, what's left of mind? " When I firs...
Darling4coffee
Darling4coffee rated it 5 years ago
This book was phenomenal. It exceeded my expectations and really captured the thoughts of someone suicidal and in emotional pain. This was definitely a memoir, only someone who was put in an institute understands to the full extent of what it is liked to be locked away and getting help. My ultimate ...
VeganCleopatra
VeganCleopatra rated it 5 years ago
Girl, Interrupted is a difficult book to rate. I found Kaysen's writing style at times distracting and the lack of a timeline confusing. For instance, one of the patients dies in one chapter and suddenly she is alive again in the next chapter or so. I kept questioning whether I was recalling the rig...
Skinny Dipping Into Books
Skinny Dipping Into Books rated it 6 years ago
Review currently unedited)"In April 1967, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen is admitted to McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts, after attempting suicide by overdosing on pills. She denies that it was a suicide attempt to a psychiatrist, who suggests she take time to regroup in McLean, a private ment...
Soham
Soham rated it 7 years ago
'Don't you see, she is trying to get out to life'. This is the prime high in this novel where everything boils down to the state of mind Susanna Kaysen was having and the gloomy society that locked down her adolescence into a psychiatric ward. She is trying to get out of the life but she can't. She ...
Ana V.
Ana V. rated it 7 years ago
NOTE : see this review and more on http://cocainepages.wordpress.com Again, thank you to the friend that lent me this book! I really liked it! I found the explanations and the clarifications given in this book very accurate, and I understood the disease just by what the author explained to me. It's ...
danyawebb
danyawebb rated it 8 years ago
An insight into a young girls unusual world in a mental institution. Delightful read, a great break between heavier books.
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