Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Reviewed: 2020-11-23

*** TRIGGER WARNING: mentions of rape, incest, numerous sexual escapades, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts, suicide by hanging, cutting wrists, eating disorders, aggressive and violent behavior, bullying***


I understand that this is supposed to be based off of real life events and that this is the author's true accounting of what took place in her life but this is all kinds of messed up. Dealing with the slightest bit of a mentally messed up person during the late 1960's through the 1970's, would have been hard enough given the state of the world. In all honesty, I feel so sorry for every single one of these characters that had to go through what they want through and the majority of them didn't really get any help. Disowned by their families and basically thrown away from society because they didn't understand the science and the history of the illnesses that these people were facing. I do not claim to be any sort of doctor nor do I fully comprehend the nature of everything that took place. But I feel as though this novelization of this author's quote on quote life was basically a trophy piece while using the backs of the ones that never made it out or made themselves well in the end. I didn't like anything about this story. There were way too many triggers for me to find this entertaining and the characters were all unlikeable with no redeeming qualities, real or not. 

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