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Girl, Interrupted
Girl Interrupted
Author: Susanna Kaysen
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital.  The author spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele -- Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679746041
ISBN-10: 0679746048
Publication Date: 6/1994
Pages: 168
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 716 ratings
Publisher: Vintage Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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MaskedPenguinAvenger avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 36
I felt that the book was far more in depth than the movie. I cry every time I read it.
obsidianfire avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Loved the movie, and of course I loved the book even more. The book is always better!
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Helpful Score: 5
This is one rare case in which the movie was better than the book. Kaysen's account of her time in a mental institution is vaguely interesting, yet lacks a real pull. This is a very quick read. An okay book but the movie is much more engaging.
Sander avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 55 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Love the film, love the book! the book is different, but the way the film was made, it did fit, so to speak. Alot of my books are going into a "KEEP" shelf and this is one! This book was a quick read and was throughly enjoyable! This will be my "Flight" book for my trips between Michigan and Nevada!
meggykakes avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
My favorite book of all time. Kaysen writes some wicked awesome good books.
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bran-flakes14 avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 72 more book reviews
I prefer the movie version of this true story, but this original and daringly unique presentation is a good read nonetheless. Telling the autobiographical story of its author, Susanna Kaysen, the book explores her time in a mental institution during the 1960s and the psychologically-disturbed people who lived there with her. Diagnosed as a borderline personality in only one session of therapy, Kaysen is hoisted away to the local psych ward and meets other eccentrics, including a pathalogical liar, a bi-polar incest survivor, and a dangerously seductive sociopath named Lisa. Told in non-chronological spurts of text, interspersed with scans of original hospital files, letters, and other official forms detailing Kaysen's stay at the ward, this book is a very quick read but will open up one's mind to reconsider what is considered mental illness and what isn't.
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If you liked the movie - you will really enjoy this book.
xarah avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on
This is one of those rare occurrences where the movie is actually better than the book. The book is very short and does not include 70% of the things that happened in the movie. You can finish this book in a few hours. Great premise but pretty boring.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 962 more book reviews
Susanna Kaysen was eighteen years old when a psychiatrist she had never met before diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder and sent her off to McLean, a mental hospital in Massachusetts. Within the scarily strict confines of the hospital--"checks" every five minutes, maximum security, three doctors every day--Susanna witnesses the comings and goings of some eclectic patients, as well as the constancy of some more of her "friends." Nearly two years later, Susanna is released from McLean. But is she cured? The doctors say she is "recovered," but how does one recover from something that is extremely subjective in the first place?

GIRL, INTERRUPTED is a fantastically written account of a stay in a mental hospital, in a time of American history where mental disorders were undergoing a sort of baby boom themselves, with people being diagnosed and confined to wards left and right. Kaysen artistically challenges the rampant diagnoses of mental illnesses. Readers will shudder--and yet be awed--at the circumstances she underwent, and wonder, perhaps a little depressingly, whether they could possibly be diagnosed for mental illness as well in such an unforgiving and untrusting world. Highly recommended!
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I really enjoyed this book. Short and good!!! I had to rent the movie and re-watch. Such a good story about people with mental illness who come back to the normal world!
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This short book is written in a wry, ironic voice, which adds credibility to its narrator. I saw the movie first eons ago, and mostly remembered Lisa's character as played by Angelina Jolie. But the book is something else (thank God!). At times confessional, at others piercely observant, and always understatedly funny, this is a memoir to be savored best by those who, like the author, have found themselves at the mercy of "mental health professionals", but are now firmly on the other side of the ordeal. Definitely a book that deserves more than one reading.
hopplegirl avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 25 more book reviews
I choose to read this book base on working in the mental health field. If you also choose to read it as a personal perpective of a person that had been amitted to a mental hospital and how she felt and changed though out the two years. The book is good. However if you want to read it for a good story this book might not be for you. The movie might be a better choice.
reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 4 more book reviews
Okay but not very different from other books of its kind.
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Great to listen to on a road trip. 3 hours long, 2 cassettes.
katiems98 avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 35 more book reviews
I found myself falling in love with the characters in the short book. I could not put it down and finished very quickly. I appreciate Susanna and her allowing us to have a look into her life in the psych ward.
panthergirl12 avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 13 more book reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually sat down in one day and read it. It showed the horrors of being in a mental hospital in the 1960s for two years must have been like, but added humor as well. If you have borderline personality or know someone who does this is a must read!
AshesDeville avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on
Obviously the book is not as 'great' and detailed as the movie - Hollywood always adds to things. This book is very straight-to-the-point and she doesn't waste time in telling you what she has to say and telling about her experience. Very quick read. If you've ever seen the movie, I suggest picking up the book also.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 962 more book reviews
Susanna Kaysen was eighteen years old when a psychiatrist she had never met before diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder and sent her off to McLean, a mental hospital in Massachusetts. Within the scarily strict confines of the hospital--"checks" every five minutes, maximum security, three doctors every day--Susanna witnesses the comings and goings of some eclectic patients, as well as the constancy of some more of her "friends." Nearly two years later, Susanna is released from McLean. But is she cured? The doctors say she is "recovered," but how does one recover from something that is extremely subjective in the first place?

GIRL, INTERRUPTED is a fantastically written account of a stay in a mental hospital, in a time of American history where mental disorders were undergoing a sort of baby boom themselves, with people being diagnosed and confined to wards left and right. Kaysen artistically challenges the rampant diagnoses of mental illnesses. Readers will shudder--and yet be awed--at the circumstances she underwent, and wonder, perhaps a little depressingly, whether they could possibly be diagnosed for mental illness as well in such an unforgiving and untrusting world. Highly recommended!
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Girl, Interrupted on + 962 more book reviews
Susanna Kaysen was eighteen years old when a psychiatrist she had never met before diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder and sent her off to McLean, a mental hospital in Massachusetts. Within the scarily strict confines of the hospital--"checks" every five minutes, maximum security, three doctors every day--Susanna witnesses the comings and goings of some eclectic patients, as well as the constancy of some more of her "friends." Nearly two years later, Susanna is released from McLean. But is she cured? The doctors say she is "recovered," but how does one recover from something that is extremely subjective in the first place?

GIRL, INTERRUPTED is a fantastically written account of a stay in a mental hospital, in a time of American history where mental disorders were undergoing a sort of baby boom themselves, with people being diagnosed and confined to wards left and right. Kaysen artistically challenges the rampant diagnoses of mental illnesses. Readers will shudder--and yet be awed--at the circumstances she underwent, and wonder, perhaps a little depressingly, whether they could possibly be diagnosed for mental illness as well in such an unforgiving and untrusting world. Highly recommended!


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