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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
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Jun 06, 10

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Girl, Interrupted is a powerful memoir about Susanna Kaysen. She is telling us her experiences as a young girl in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She considers how she got there, and whether she belonged there. Each short chapter focuses on an aspect of her experience, the stories of the people she met, the treatment she received and these are arranged kind of chronological order.

She questions herself and who she is as a person throughout this memoir, which is extremely touching to read. At parts a little traumatic as well, like when she bit into her hand eating it down to the bone. Kaysen's words make you appreciate life in a certain sense as well. Some aspects of the book were a little confusing to read because of the way she talks, sometimes you don't know why she's talking about something. It's a realy code-cracker, but worth getting through.
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