Mandy's Reviews > The Burn Journals

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
72125
's review
Dec 19, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: memoir, teen
Read from December 19, 2010 to January 15, 2011

It's hard to critique a memoir since you're really critiquing someone's life.

At any rate, Brent is 14 years old when he douses himself with gasoline and purposefully sets himself on fire. This book is a recollection of those events, and the events that led up to his decision to end his life.

I liked this book, but I have to say that I was disappointed by the ending. I guess I was wanting more of an inspirational re-birth ending, and I just didn't get it. I felt guilty when I finished and was disappointed that the ending wasn't as "neat" as I wanted it to be. But I guess this is real life, and endings aren't always what we want them to be. All in all a good book that addresses depression and isolation in teenage boys...but I don't know that it necessarily provides many suggestions on how to deal with it...other than to say, "Don't set yourself on fire."
flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Burn Journals.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.