|Mad Girl : Bryony Gordon|
A statistic which will likely come as no surprise to you: 1 in 4 people suffer with mental health issues. If you yourself aren't the one (I am), I'm sure that you know someone who has struggled with their mental health at some point in the past. I'm sure all of us have. And yet, it's something which people still seem to avoid talking about at all costs. How does that work!?
So, imagine my glee when I realised that this book was about someone who suffers with her mental health, sharing all of the details about it. Right from the start, Bryony allows us into her world where she must constantly reassure herself to fight the demons in her brain which try everything to convince her that she has done something dreadful to the people she loves.
The book is very personal and being along for the ride feels a little like spying on Bryony, particularly at her lowest points. But rather than being difficult reading, her writing style makes sure that #MadGirl is anything but.
Oh, this book was thoroughly refreshing, open and honest and by the time I reached the end of it I was thinking about all of the things we could do to make it more socially acceptable to talk about our experiences. As part of the We, which Bryony affectionately names us, Mad Girl has definitely inspired me to be a little braver and speak out about my experiences as well as encouraging others to do the same.
Mad Girl is released on 7th June 2016.