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Literally Show Me a Healthy Person

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,572 ratings  ·  223 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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Jack Edwards
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
On one hand, this is a postmodern montage of ideas in tweet-sized chunks, completely a product of the 21st century. It’s a series of fleeting observations and (occasionally funny) quips which amalgamate into a collage of self-deprecation, trauma, and sex. Cum is mentioned on almost every page.

But also I’ve never cringed so hard whilst reading a book, or felt so much second-hand embarrassment for the author. The cover quotes Scott McClanahan saying “This book is the future of writing” and if he’s
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
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: genre-fiction, 1-star
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
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
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
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: memoir, poetry, 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
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.
Bud Smith
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I find it interesting how self absorbed but broken Darcie is. This is definitely very tumblr-teenage-angsty, sometimes a bit too much, but this can’t not get 5 stars just just because the style of writing is brilliant and because I really am getting the feeling of getting to know her through her Twitter (I’m also wondering if it’s actually fictional or if she just published her old tweets??)
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
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
some cool and clever parts but mostly mehh
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
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
my brain the whole time reading this: ????
this book is just trauma, self-destruction & more trauma & self destruction. this gal seems to be in therapy throughout the book yet does not change at all & the most annoying thing is it doesn’t seem like she’s even trying?
if rock bottom was a book, this would be it. traumatic experiences arent a personality trait & self-deprecation is not quirky!!!
16 year old me who wanted so badly to be “cool” would have probs enjoyed this a little more.
Wilder’s me
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
Jun 19, 2021 added it
definitely not for everyone, especially the faint of heart (and profanity). kathy acker's unbridled ugliness with renata adler's/twitter's fragmented structure. the recurring themes are interwoven so well with truly deranged non sequiturs. it might not seem like there's a plot, but look a little closer and you'll see it. great quick read. ...more
Annie Kostell
Jun 22, 2021 rated it liked it
okay like this is clever and smart and I’ve never read anything like it and it felt like scrolling through Twitter but also I don’t need to hear this much about cum in a book ever again
Olivia Tomkinson
Articulates everyone’s disillusionment with life. Very chaotic
Layna Thompson
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Millennial-nihilist stream of consciousness writing like this makes me so anxious. getting sick of this genre, need to move on from essays/poetry that revolve around “shitty parents/teen hood, drugs, sex, blah blah, depression” .... gettin saturated

but 3 stars rather than 2 cuz it made me feel
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
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