This book broke my heart. It absolutely shattered it into a million tiny pieces. This book is one of the reasons why I want to be a psychologist. So children like Charlie don’t slip through the cracks of the terrible mental health system we have in the United States. Yeah, I said it. Our healthcare system is straight garbage.
But now is not the time to get on my soap box about that. Or we will be here all day. And all night.
Like I mentioned before, this book is incredibly heartbreaking. We follow the life of Charlie, who clearly hasn’t had it easy for her whole life. We follow her stay in a mental health facility and her slow recovery process.
I think that Kathleen Glasgow did a great job of portraying anxiety along with self harm. I felt the pain that Charlie felt. I also felt the happiness when she was doing well and I felt the sadness when she knew she wasn’t doing well. I felt a lot of emotions.
Where this book really shines is the way it’s set up. It’s not chapters but little blurbs of thoughts and events during Charlie’s life. I found that to be much more fitting then if it had been a novel with chapters. I think it captured the chaotic-ness of Charlie and her life.
Overall, while this book was incredibly difficult to read, I’m glad I read it. It made me want to go out into the world, find all the lost souls that the system failed and help them in any way I can. I just hope that this book gains the attention it deserves and shows that mental health is just as important as physical health. That people do struggle with remaining healthy mentally and that it is not their fault.
trigger warnings: self harm, mentions of eating disorders, a lot of swearing; use of the F word (this book might not be for younger audiences)