Ruthie is the complete opposite of everyone in her family. She tells it like she sees it and does what she wants, when she wants. As a teen, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. At the time, epilepsy was thought to be a mental illness and her family sent her to Chestnut Lodge, a mental hospital. Her experience there is one of many nightmares. One of the doctors was crazy but there was one doctor that she clicked with and this doctor became a friend who helped Ruthie pick up the pieces in her life.
This book is one of the most heartfelt books I have ever read. I suffer from depression and I know how frustrating it can be. People ask you questions that you don't have the answers to. If you had the answers, you wouldn't be depressed. Anyway, I felt like Ruthie was a kindred spirit and through this book, I'm sure she will help a lot of people take the time to look inside themselves and realize that they are a survivor. We all may not go through the exact same things in life, but we have survived something and for that we should be thankful.
March 8, 2010
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