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
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'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
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
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
One of the messages that I learned from this book is that I should nev ...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
O relato da autora, apesar de triste, é doce e divertido de se acompanhar, a leitura flui naturalmente e os capítulos são curtos - o que contribui para ler rapidamente. Durante as passagens é impossível não sentir o que Emma passou durante tantos anos e não se comover, mas de um jeito bom, daqueles que só queremos abraçar a pessoa e dizer que vai ficar tudo bem. É possível acompanhar como ela me ...more
But here's what bothers me the most about the criticism of Emma Forrest's personality and writing: the general public loves a quirky male writer. I'm talking cult-like devotion. David Sedaris, Chuck Klosterman, David Foster Wallace, C ...more
Emma Forrest is an English journalist and screenwriter, who has been published by numerous magazines, she has interviewed many reputable people (and even dated some). Her biography reads like a fairyt ...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
I can say that I've been struggling lately. Despite having friends to talk to and medication to take and a life I shouldn't really complain about... I still struggle. And I can say that in this book I found so much that struck me and resonated with me. I found words that probably weren't meant to be advice but that hit me that way anyway and made me feel better about the things I've been d ...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
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
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
A lot of the book will seem very familiar to anyone who's read Thin Skin, the main character Ruby was obviously bas ...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