Hey y’all, it’s time for another book review. I originally found out about Words on Bathroom Walls through Kat’s blog, but not as the book itself. It was actually in her “Trailers you might have missed” series because this book is getting a movie adaptation!
I hadn’t heard about the book beforehand but when I saw it was about a main character with Schizophrenia, I knew I needed to read it. If you’re new here, you might not know about my passion for destigmatizing mental illness. I’m a Psychology major because I love learning about the inner workings of the human mind. It’s okay to seek help when your brain isn’t working in the same way it used to.
This blog was created to help people find books with representation. Something we don’t often see (but we are starting to get more of) is mental illness representation. Here are seven books that do just that.
Hunger is a memoir of Roxane Gay’s struggles with obesity, among other things. She writes about the traumatic experience that caused her to begin over eating. Gay includes that becoming bigger seemed to provide some solace after the experience, it seemed her only true escape. She also goes over her relationships with family, friends, and significant others.
I listened to Hunger as an audio book narrated by the author. I was surprised by how personal Roxane Gay got when it came to sharing her story. It was tough to hear just how much she had been hurt in the past. She also talks about her sexuality and how that has had a role in shaping the woman she became.
I don’t know if I can give this book a real rating. It’s necessary in this current social climate. The Me Too movement has began helping books like this prosper, as they should. This book is a true, raw reflection of life after rape. Gay refers to herself as a victim of the assault and her account can serve to help us all understand victims more.
The Hate U Give is based on the book of the same name written by Angie Thomas and published last year, February. Both are about the main character, Starr Carter, and the actions she takes on after witnessing her childhood friend get shot at the hands of a police officer. Both the film and book focus on how she copes through the reality of what she witnessed and the steps that she takes in trying to prevent something like that from happening again. The Hate U Give is a story of activism, friendship, police brutality, family, gangs and most importantly: THUG LIFE.
I just saw this movie last night. I read the book last year and once I heard there was a movie coming, I just knew I had to go see it. I had wanted to see it during the early screenings but college doesn’t work like that, so I’ve had multiple exams and quizzes every week for the past month or so. I just got through a big exam Thursday and I decided Friday would be as good a time as any to go out and see The Hate U Give.