June 24, 2010

Review: The Jagged Years of Ruthie J. by Ruth Simkin

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.

Ekstasis Editions
March 8, 2010
215 pages
$24.95 US

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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