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The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
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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."

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