Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Girl, Interrupted by Susana Kaysen

iconiconAfter finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was finding it difficult to think of reading anything else, so I deliberately chose a book that was short and would be less involved: Girl, Interrupted by Susana Kaysen, one of my choices for Banned Book Week. (Yes, I'm reading my Banned Book Week books rather late.)

I wasn't disappointed with my choice. Girl, Interrupted is made up of many short essays, some of them only a couple of pages long. While doing an excellent job of illustrating how disjointed her experiences in the hospital were, it also was much less demanding of me as a reader — a good thing after the suspense and high involvement of Harry Potter.

iconiconAlthough the movie Girl, Interrupted was based heavily on Kaysen's book, there was of course a lot of drama added that wasn't present in the book itself. The book is more of a look at the wrongs done by the system: Kaysen was sent to the hospital after a brief (i.e. 20 or 30 minutes) exam by a doctor she had never seen before in her life, diagnosed with a condition that could be applied to 95 percent of teens, and lost nearly two years of her life as a result.

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