Saturday, June 20, 2009
Review of I Don't Want to Be Crazy
From the Back Cover:
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 parent, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be, At first, she reveled 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 their poetry memoir.
I picked this book out because I to suffer from an anxiety and I want to read a memoir about it. This book was a quick read. It help you get deep into her inner thoughts. This book is written in a poetic style. The prose was good I like a few passages in the novel that I will share with you.
We go around the Thanksgiving table
saying what we are thankful for.
I don't want it to be my turn.
I don't want to say something generic
like, I am thankful to have my family together,
when we're not all here
What I want to say is,
I am thankful for Rebecca's support
You can sense the anxiety in this passage. Samantha was taken on and off meds to control her anxiety. It can sometimes be paralyze to her where she can not function without them. I really liked this story and I would recommend it to anyone suffering from anxiety.