Review of Girl, Interupted by Susanna Kaysen

"View of the Alabama Insane Hospital - Tu...
“View of the Alabama Insane Hospital – Tuscaloosa.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I quite enjoyed this book, a memoir of Susanna Kaysen and the year and a half stint of her stay at McLean Mental Hospital. The book was funny, and yet incredibly profound. She talks about how one day you may question life, the meaning, the why’s, everything, but these answers are not things we ever get a real answer for. But what if you obsess over it, can’t let it go, until it takes over your life, it encompasses you and now you are now longer sane. Kaysen  makes you question and think about sane vs insane. How we classify it in our minds and as a society. What is the difference? What makes one person sane and one person insane. If that person was sane, how did they become insane? Kaysen takes you on a roller coaster ride through her stay at McLean and you get to hear her inner dialogue meet her crew of fellow loonies and learn a thing or two about psychiatry care.

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One thought on “Review of Girl, Interupted by Susanna Kaysen

  1. I noticed this post has the most views as of recently, but I’m not sure how people feel about the book. If anyone has anything to say about Girl interupted, or anything about mental health in general, I’d love to hear it!

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