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literally show me a healthy person

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  738 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Darcie Wilder's literally show me a healthy person is a careful confession soaking in saltwater, a size B control top jet black pantyhose dragged over a skinned knee and slipped into unlaced doc martens. Blurring the lines of the written word, literally show me a healthy person is a portrait of a young girl, or woman, or something; grappling with the immediate and seemingl ...more
97 pages
Published April 3rd 2017 by Tyrant Books
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Brook
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot but also it felt like falling down the stairs and also now I want drugs. This book had more talking about straight sex and cum than I never needed in my entire life, so I guess I can go live in my lesbian witch cave now forever, bye friends.
Alanna Why
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
in my second year of university I took a writing course called "creative non-fiction" and the prof said that my writing was "funny and sad at the same time" and I was like "wow no one's ever said such a nice thing about me before" and I feel the same way about this book and that it is very high praise

in my fourth year of university I took an english course called "introduction to the novel" because I needed an elective and apparently I hate myself. we had to read to the lighthouse by virginia w
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Downward
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
literally show me a healthy person is a novel born from coupling of twitter poetry and alt-lit; darcie wilder writes in tweet sized morsels, advancing perspective more than plot and using postmodern techniques like repetition to achieve a hyper realistic depiction of millenial melancholy. its the same thoughts repackaged obsessively, allowing themes to emerge and form a characterless portrait that hinges on narrative emotion and introspection tied to technology, sex, and death.
Kerry A
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is what I imagine a 2017 Ulysses would be like.
Charlie
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't think I'm the intended audience for this book.

literally show me a healthy person is composed of nonlinear sound bytes (calling them tweets feels reductive, but I did feel like I was scrolling through Wilder's Twitter feed for most of it) about loss and sex and drugs and childhood trauma. I could identify specific recurring subjects-- the death of Darcie's mother, her former relationship with dude named Geoff, her father's negligence-- but the book's discussion of them was parsed with bit
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Tehya
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i was looking at the reviews and i noticed one by a girl who i went on a date with over a year ago but she didn’t like me back and id totally forgotten about her and now i feel awkward about that again. i relate to this book more now.
Ju$tin
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
some cool and clever parts but mostly mehh
Bud Smith
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dope.
Hannah
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didn’t finish it. I didn’t like the non stop sentences. It just sounds like she took a bunch of notes on her iPhone and copy and pasted it into a book (which is probably what she did).
Samantha
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've been a fan of Darcie Wilder's twitter and instagram accounts for a while. I really enjoyed reading her debut novel Literally Show Me a Healthy Person. If you're a fan of Wilder's social media, you'll love this. She's one of the best contemporary voices working today.

Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is told in a stream-of-consciousness style, narrated by a character also called Darcie. Punctuation and capitalization are sparse. It's funny and searingly honest. I identified with it and foun
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Julia ;P
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book by a brilliant young author! It IS a MUST read! 6 out of 5 stars!!!!
Talia
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lot of the critical response to this book seems to focus on what its format owes to internet communication, specifically the flow of twitter’s short-form, fragmentary and continual stream. This is true, of course, but doesn’t adequately credit Wilder’s literary hand, which subtly and adeptly structures such visceral and emotive leakages into a narrative with emotive crescendos, emergent themes and characters whose persistent lingering presence in your head is surprising given the apparent spar ...more
Renan Borelli
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mtvnews
Like a Renata Adler's SPEEDBOAT, but much filthier and funnier!
Anne
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I read this book so quickly. I couldn't put it down (and it's only 97 pages). But despite having not gone through the same traumas, her traumas were written about in an uncomfortably relatable way. Some of this hit too close to home. I would definitely recommend it to anyone not neurotypical, but especially those with depression or anxiety. But also anyone and everyone should read it! I'm going to reread it after I lend it to my roommates, I think.
adam d
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is fucking great in the saddest way

very relatable but i'm not sure if that spells doom for me or if it's generational

read this as a book club thing with a friend and we both exchanged lines we liked after and parts we laughed at

there was a lot

"honestly it's kind of cheating if u need drugs or alcohol to ruin ur life"

thanks darcie
Kate Wyver
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It's like reading her drunk iPhone notes and I kinda love it
Jonathan Lee B.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Literally Show Me a Healthy Person is making Halloween costumes from thrift-store finds.
Sophie Fields
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
funny in a dark way, written in a very 2018 style....essentially a compilation of diary-like tweets ...Enjoyed reading and laughed a lot..
Jenna
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
seriously f*ed up in the best way possible.
Kent Winward
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm intrigued by new literary genres -- this one fits into the misanthrope, Twitter memoir genre.
Aran Kelly
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was a trip and maybe one of my favourite things i read this year???
Natalie S.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
it was weird
Shane Puglisi
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
i think ill have to reread this to fully synthesize it all, only because ive never read anything like it. i laughed and felt depressed and was thinking all at the same time.
Hannah Bollman
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
It brought me back to my own personal dark times--2012, 2013, last week. That being said, did I even want to revisit those times????? I like this dark shit because it makes me feel less psycho and alone. Simultaneously, though, it confirms that I am also unhinged, a little. I took a long break after starting this book because it's exhausting to read. Now I really hate the word "cum." Too much cum here!!!!!
Sara Hall
Oct 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
???????? Listen, I “””get””” “””it”””...but...wtf, no. Also, I’m glad I’m off Twitter.
Liz Dom
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
10/10 would recommend - at a glance 'literally show me a healthy person' seems frivolous, akin to the millennial way of life we've all come to accept in some way or another. except... it isn't.

every 'tweet' was meticulously sewn together to form a narrative that reminds of a look into someone's diary or an extremely honest documentary.

you follow Darcie through her thoughts which are both hilarious and shocking and, most of all, real. 'literally show me a healthy person' is the connector, much l
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Alejandro Saint-Barthélemy
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xxi, nextmodernism, usa
Proto-NeXTmodernist novel.

A little bit too old-fashioned already to be proper NeXTmodernism, due to its relation with now deceased Alt-lit (today I Drank expired Tropicana orange juice and sent a fax At work) and too be eventually old-fashioned Twitter literature (the whole book, a novel pretty much made out of tweets, like Giancarlo DiTrapano has recently tweeted [eye-opener, I know], with Darcie being offended and all [everybody wants to be who they are not in order to feel complete, I guess,
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Jerome Spencer
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's really funny in the most sad way. It's really sad in the most funny way. I don't know why it's either. It's like when you come out of an anesthetic coma and you can't remember what happened, but you're sure it was important and you (mostly) liked it.
It's also really easy to read and hard to put down because it just flows so effortlessly.
Ruby Hernandez
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Easy to digest with all its familiar self deprecation and sardonic humor, but I can't shake the feeling of sympathy for this girl who has been through so much and its has taken its toll on her. Sure the cover up of twitter style and the glamorized nonchalant speak of sex, death, and drug abuse almost amused me, but the truth of the fact held it very apparent that no, we need to stop glamorizing and semi-romanticizing our cries for help and trying to cope around them with detrimental things to fl ...more
Adrian
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What the hell did I just listen to? All I have seen are rave reviews on how this book is so great and how this is the future of comedy and literature. NPR has burned me again on their recommended reading list.

Either I completely missed the point or simply did not understand the premise here, but this sounds like a desperate cry for help from a sad person.

Audiobook narrator Darcie Wilder rating: 2 stars
She reads really fast. While this is not really a big deal, it’s a little annoying. I think she
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