Honestly? This was the most searing book I’ve probably read in a while-up with The Bell Jar, The Book Thief..
I still find myself unable to explain what it’s about-in the sense of trying to be sensitive, and not disrespectful. Therefore, I let Amazon do that for me. This is the blurb, taken from the book page:
“WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?
Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.”
I like that, really, I do. A modern writer who can frame the onset of his Depression, aged twenty four, in a way that’s truly authentic, riveting, and above all, a comfort. The book also deals with anxiety-what it is, a sort-of how-to-deal, and a plot line around that. If you ever read just one book this year, I think you should make it this. And I feel that if I wrote any more, my point would be lost…