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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,267 ratings  ·  177 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
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Published April 3rd 2017 by Tyrant Books
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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 ever 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
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.

2nd read: there's
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
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.
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
Kerry A
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is what I imagine a 2017 Ulysses would be like.
Glennys Egan
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me think a lot about how those of us who are Extremely Online express ourselves. Some combination of depression and anxiety and hope and humor and self-awareness and self-loathing and insecurity and irreverence that I wish I didn’t relate to so much but generally enjoyed reading.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
What can I say? This kind of book is not my thing. I’m honestly shocked at the predominantly positive reviews for this book. Perhaps, I’m simply not one of the cool, edgy kids.
Hannah Collins
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).
Anwen Hayward
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, memoir, grief
I don't even know how I feel about this one. On one level, I am definitely not cool enough to articulate how I feel about the structure and the fact that this is absolutely not a novel (at best, it's a memoir), but on another level it hit me harder than any book I've read recently. For a 97 page book with literally dozens of references to semen, it's weirdly emotional. I sort of want to read it 100 times more and also never again. I'm giving it 5 stars because it made me Feel Things and that's a ...more
Ellie Busch
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
when i was 12 years old i went to six flags st louis and rode the mr freeze ride. it’s a roller coaster that’s fun little quirk was once it takes you to the highest point, it flings you through the ride backwards. i got whiplash after riding mr freeze because i didn’t know i was suppose to try and keep my back against the back of the seat, and instead i let my body fly around wherever the ride took me.

i had a similar experience reading wilder’s literally show me a healthy person. the cohesion a
Bud Smith
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
some cool and clever parts but mostly mehh
Erika Verhagen
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you want a sense of what reading the finsta of friends from New York is like, this book is a pretty accurate representation.

I literally don't know what else to say about this book. I'm mostly suspicious of it but did legit laugh and did legit cry once. One of those books that seems like the idea of the form of it is important enough that the content maybe doesn't matter. Parts of it are unnecessary and parts are intense and emotional but it is lacking in reflection and I wonder if the parts
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
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
y'all need to stage an intervention to get me to stop reading this genre of "book" !!! i have not liked
- so sad today
- my year of rest and relaxation
- you too can have a body like mine
- surveys
- and now this!

the next time i try to read a "post-postmodern" "book" about a solipsistic white girl who works at a dead-end job (but who's also somehow extremely privileged) and has mommy issues and self-medicates with meaningless hookups type-book please follow me around with a spray bottle and spritz m
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish
i had to stop at “on the sixth anniversary of her death i made a facebook with my dead mom’s name to message my ex”

jesus christ
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!!!!
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
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
There’s (at least) one book for everyone...and this was not one for me. There is substantial content addressing mental health/well-being, loss, coping with (loved one’s) addiction amidst bite sized quips and lines. But the style felt disjointed and erratic. While this is the intent, this style along with the stream of consciousness didn’t appeal to me (I didn’t like it when Faulkner did it, either...and this is no “My mother is a fish”).

I think I could find more with each re-reading...and perhap
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No review I write can possibly do this book justice and explain the unique style of this book. I absolutely love this style and format, and wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Melissa Broder's "So Sad Today" (the essay collection or the twitter account) or just anyone whose ever tried to find a way to brush off trauma. This book is like reading someone's private blog while texting them while scrolling through their twitter and trying to put all that information together to unders ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
In general I do like this kind of structure (I’ve enjoyed Sarah Manguso, Maggie Nelson, Katherine Angel, Tatiana Ryckman) but this was just not good. I can’t even say I’m not the intended audience. I’m a millennial and I’m on Twitter constantly. So I “get” it. I just don’t think it’s good. There are recurring themes but somehow no coherence. It gets old after about 10 pages and I struggled to get through it.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
One of the most obnoxious things I have read. I found the style off-putting but could have dealt with it if it had been compelling. Instead it sounded like a too-cool twenty-something gathered a bunch of "Shower Thoughts" off of reddit threw them around a loose narrative-type story. It felt pretentious and annoying to read.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: twitterture
This book can be best described by "imagine after u die ur body gets deep-fried and dipped in ranch dressing"

Very much targeted towards the "trying to calm down after receiving a text ending with a period" generation.

I feel most identified with "nevermind i tried this pewter eyeshadow and now my life is perfect"
Laura Robinson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
You know that girl you went to high school with who would always talk about how much she hated drama to the five guys she was kind of dating at once and spent her days Vaguebooking at the men who done her wrong?

She wrote a novel.
Renan Borelli
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like a Renata Adler's SPEEDBOAT, but much filthier and funnier!
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..
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.
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