Ugh. I found this book deeply annoying, shallow, self-indulgent, and derivative. Just a hair more so than Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, so if you liked that book, don't listen to me about this one. I just wanted to smack the main character here.
Interesting fictional account of a successful woman's mental breakdown, the circumstances leading to it, and the treatments,other patients, goings on, inside a mental health institute. Never dry or boring.
This is a tough book for me to review. At the beginning, I found the book slow and full of what I would say was unnecessary description, but then toward the middle of the book, I enjoyed the story lines that were developing, I felt connected to the characters, but the end fell flat for me. THere was no closure, I needed closure, I needed to know more about what was going on and I didn't get it. I nkow it is unfair to compare this book to her other book, Me and Emma, but that book was amazing and this...was not. It is a quick read, the story has some good points, but it leaves you needing more.
This is about a women with mental illness. It had an inside idea of what a person was thinking when they were really confused and mentally disturbed. It has the look of what it is like inside a institution & what some of the rules are, All the therapy and group meetings they have. I thought it was a very good insight of mental illness. In this world how crazy life gets and your mind can only take so much for so long before it really needs a vacation.
After freezing up on national television while trying to cover the breaking news of Princess Diana's car crash, Isabel finds herself at Three Breezes, a top of the line psychiatric hospital. She has no idea why she's there. Maybe it's the two suicide attempts? The meltdown on live TV? The point is, she isn't like any of those other patients who are seriously crazy. She just wants to be released so she can leave and kill herself.
The writing style is lovely in its honesty, which is at times extremely painful. The chapters take turns showing time in the present at Three Breezes and then a moment from Isabel's past that has led her to the hospital. The group therapy sessions are at times horrifying, but can also be morbidly amusing, much like the other residents.
Isabel is forced through a series of treatments that she rebels against, but slowly finds herself facing the things in her life that have taken over. As the reader, I found myself wanting her to face up and admit her problems at some moments, and then at other times totally understanding why she was making the choices she was and feeling like I could easily be in the room next to hers.
This is not a retelling of Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone", but if you liked that book, you'll probably like this one.
It was ok, didn't blow me out of the water, but it kept my interest! I found myself needing to know how it all ended more so than anything else...after a while the story line seemed to turn into this girl's pity-party and whine fest lol It just seemed like another version of Girl Interrupted, to me, and I was hoping to stear clear of that!! On the other hand...if you enjoyed Girl Interrupted than you'll LOVE this :) Personally, I would like to see something a little different for a change!!
This was a very good story. The character in the book overcame depression, spousal abuse and panic attacks. It gives a perspective on why some people have these types of problems. However, in the end, people can heal if they are just willing.
If you have ever battled depression or mental illness of any kind, you will relate to the character in this book. Very realistic look inside a mental health facility. I loved the other characters in the book and how they compared/contrasted with Isabelle. Great book - quick read.
great book. It goes into the story of a news reporter that loses it on the air and she goes into a mental institution and it goes thru her story and several other stories. Interesting look inside of others.
Journalist Isabel Murphy loses it on national television and lands in the 4 star "nut hut" and has to learn to deal with the fact that she is indeed one of the patients and how to mend her fractured life.
While breaking the hottest news story of the year,broadcast journalist Isabel Murphy falls apart on live television in front of an audience of millions.She lands at Three Breezes a four star psychiatric hospital where she begins the painful process of recovering the life everyone thought she had.
This is a good read
Extremely sympathetic main character. Very easy to read and deeply moving at times. You journey with Isabel as her life falls apart and she slowly puts it back together. You discover her back story in bits and pieces as she confronts those "demons". Very enjoyable.
BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING was the December 2013 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. I don't think it was a good choice for this time of year.
The main character Isabel is seriously troubled and you get to spend the entire book in her head, mired in all the madness. It effectively killed any holiday spirit you felt the second you even thought about picking it up.
I will say that while it was well-written, it just wasn't my cuppa. C+
I did not care for this book. It was very boring. I can't believe I read the whole thing :) However, I loved "Emma & Me" by the same author which is what made me decide to read this novel. You might like it...I did not!.
Ruth B. (rib) reviewed But Inside I'm Screaming on
While breaking the hottest news story of the year, broadcast journalist Isabel Murphy falls apart on live television in front of an audience of millions. She lands at Three Breezes, a four-star psychiatric hospital nicknamed the "nut hut", where she begins the painful process of recovering the life everyone thought she had.
But accepting her place among her fellow patients proves difficult. Isabel struggles to reconcile the fact that she is, indeed, one of them, and faces the reality that in order to mend her painfully fractured life she must rely solely on herself.