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GIRL, INTERRUPTED

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

When Kaysen was 18, in 1967, she was admitted to McLean Psychiatric Hospital outside Boston, where she would spend the next 18 months. Now, 25 years and two novels (Far Afield, 1990; Asa, As I Knew Him, 1987) later, she has come to terms with the experience- -as detailed in this searing account. First there was the suicide attempt, a halfhearted one because Kaysen made a phone call before popping ... Read full review

Review: Girl, Interrupted

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteenyearold Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clienteleSylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charlesas for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford ... Read full review

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Review: Girl, Interrupted

User Review  - Kirsten - Goodreads

A really insightful and explorative discussion surrounding mental illness and its manifestations. Even though this book is relatively dated, it was still a rather eye-opening read. It also had a ... Read full review

Review: Girl, Interrupted

User Review  - Jessica Ashe - Goodreads

This book grabbed me from the beginning and took me on a interesting ride through the life of a psychiatric patient and the long, winding road it takes to get to a point of recovery. Girl interrupted ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stacy Cook - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the quick read aspect of this book. While Susanna did indeed spend some time near the end of her book describing her specific illness it was not overwhelming by any means. I have ... Read full review

Review: Girl, Interrupted

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Meh. liked the movie more, which is unusual for book vs. movie. Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

A bit too defiant for my taste. Yeah, what was done to her is bad. Yeah, this is a memoir. Nope: it's not a universal experience. Nope: institutional mental health is NOT a categorically bad and horrible thing. Not anymore, anyway. Read full review

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User Review  - Klair Bates - Goodreads

I found the book to very entertaining in the perspective, but at times I was bit lost with the chapters that kept repeating the same idea making me lose interest. Overall a good read had it's very funny and relatable teen moments even with the difference of setting. Deeply recommend you read. Read full review

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User Review  - ZoŽ - Goodreads

I guess I'm being a bad reader by saying this, but watch the movie instead. Seriously. This is one of those rare cases where the movie is a lot better than the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Fay - Goodreads

Susanna Kaysen writes about being admitted to McLean Hospital in Belmont at the age of 18. What could be considered normal teenage angst and worry was treated as Borderline Personality Disorder, which ... Read full review

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