Your Voice in My Head
I'm trying to find ways to describe this book but it's a difficult task because my mind is overwhelmed... in a good way. Emma Forrest is a charismatic and gifted writer, she's also a bipolar. At the age of 16 she was a columnist in The Sunday Times and by the age of 21 a contributor to the Guardian. And then to Vogue and Vanity Fair and The Independent. She interviewed rock bands, writers and Hollywood stars (even dated A-list actors and famous writers). She also published 3 books at that time,...more
I'm attracted to memoirs. I'm intrigued by mental illness, it's debilitation and it's manifestation: namely, addiction. In the case of this book, said addiction is self-injury and bulimia. It seems Emma's (to call her 'the author' is too academic; 'Ms. Forrest' too austere) initial intention is to chronicle her battle with these compulsions, along with a touching homage to her l ...more
Allow me to paraphrase...
I am so messed up, it almost obscures how precocious and brilliant I am. I am full of self-loathing and body image issues in spite of being a beautiful, fashionable waif. I have terrible taste in men - the movie stars, über talented writers, and poetic souls i date are all gorgeous (and tall!) but totally wrong for me. My amazing, eccentric, perfect family are stuck with me and my m ...more
I should maybe alter that to: "Don't read memoirs with mentally ill protagonists because I don't want to give someone a D on a story about suicide attempts, cutting and bulimia." Especially not someone who has already been pummeled with toxic internet sledge by Colin Ferrell fanatics who found her too fat, too ugly to be the actor ...more
To start, I have a confession to make. I didn't know who Emma Forrest was before reading this book. She's published a few other books, written screenplays, blogs, worked as a journalist, and has been invol ...more
This is an honest book. If you’re looking for powdered-sugar lies, then this is not the right book to read. If, like a large number of us, you have suffered through major depression or manic depression, this is a must read.
Ms. Forrest writes beautifully, there’s no denying that, but it’s not the beauty of her phrases that captivate the mind, but the spine of truth that allows ...more
This book is essentially a love letter to Emma's therapist, Dr. R, who passed away without revealing to his patients that he had been fighting lung cancer. For Forrest, and almost certainly his other pa ...more
One of the messages that I learned from this book is that I should nev ...more
Basically, she's a depressed, bulimic cutter who dated Colin Farrell, and she manages to make that interesting about 50-percent of the time. That's ...more
I read Emma Forrest’s ‘Your Voice In My Head’ in one sitting, greedily slurping up her raw, precise prose. I first came across it as a podcast (which I can’t find online) and was instantly captured by the vulnerability and honesty in her voice. It turned up again on Sarah’s list of books.
This memoir details the author’s pattern of recovery and relapse from mental illness, spanning her years as an over-achieving teenage journalist in ...more
Anyway. Reading books in one sitting is always more intense than reading bits and pieces over several days with countless breaks inbetween, and it fits the story. I'm not sure if I'd really gone back to it, had I decided to put it down and turn ou ...more
So far I find this book disturbing to some extent, particularly because I'm not sure if this is really the way the author thinks or just a literary style for describing her fight with severe depression (or whatever was the medical term). If that's what it was intended then it's very ...more
A lot of the book will seem very familiar to anyone who's read Thin Skin, the main character Ruby was obviously bas ...more
Automutilação, bulimia e sessões de análise começam a fazer parte da vida da jornalista, que ...more
I first read an excerpt of this book on The Guardian's website in January and became obsessed. I couldn't wait until May for it to come out in the States, so I ordered a copy from Amazon in the UK and didn't bat an eyelash at the fact that shipping cost as much as the book (and for that matter, when was the last time I had paid for a new first edition hardcover book? I always wait for the paperback). I needed to read this.
You see, I have my own GH. He decided to run away ...more
But her personal story. Holy cow. Yes, sometimes her voice sounds like it's been written for the canned laughs. But the story she tells fascinates me. The way she describes her feelings about the events in her life are so ...more