This is definitely a one of a kind book. I have never read anything like this before and I enjoyed every second of it. I felt like I had found someone who FINALLY spoke the same mental language! The random ramblings, the random connections between things that normally aren’t connected, the random reactions, the extra random everything. Everything she said made so much sense to me and I found myself constantly thinking “oh wow, that’s totally me” or “I would say something like that”. I don’t find myself usually connecting with authors in such a personal way. Even with memoirs or other sorts of more personal writing, I’ve never encountered an author putting so much of their bare, unpolished soul out into the open.
The organization of the book is very atypical and seemingly disorganized, but as you are reading it, you pick up the flow of it. This book is a perfect example that books do not have to follow the classical outline. Writing doesn’t need to fall within certain parameters in order to be enjoyed and understood. Writing is flexible, dynamic, and not stringent in form; Jenny Lawson’s writing is a perfect example of an author breaking from the mold.
Although this book is geared towards an audience that may be experiencing similar mental health issues as the author, it is a book that should be read by all. Lawson’s very honest explanation of her own harrowing journey with learning to live with her diseases is very insightful. Most importantly, she normalizes them and makes you see that having a mental illness does not make you abnormal; just means sometimes you have less spoons than everyone else.
I promise that she also gives you the details into why there is raccoon on the cover of her book and you will not be disappointed.
A favorite quote from the book:
“Ground zero is where the normal people live their lives, but not us. We live in the negatives so often that we begin to understand that life when the sun shines should be lived full throttle, soaring. The invisible tether that binds the normal people on their steady course doesn’t hold us in the same way. Sometimes we walk in sunlight with everyone else. Sometimes we live underwater and fight and grow. And sometimes…sometimes we fly” (Lawson. 325).