Title: Burn Before Reading
Author: Sara Wolf
Series: Stand-alone novel, N/A
Publication Date: May 18, 2017
Genre: Mental illness
Format: eBook, fiction, contemporary, romance
Source: ARC, publisher
I received a free copy for an honest review.
This is actually extremely similar (basically exactly the same) to another book that I reviewed earlier back in March. However, this book definitely was as good as the other one, if not better. I received the request to review this book not soon after, and I was actually really surprised by its similarity.
The reason I will be comparing the two books is because I haven't read a lot of books in this genre, and these two books were my first and second. And because they're so similar, it'll be easier to review by comparing.
This book basically revolves around a life. Not a story, a life. In this book, we were taken through a journey of someone's life, and the story itself made me rethink every time I think my life is a failure.
It's really amazing, and eye-opening to read a book that is so complicated and deep. Every word tells a short story, and let us feel depression and suffering. And what it feels like to be worthless and failing. In fact, there were a number of events in this book that were so specific that I actually half wondered if these were based on a true story. In the end, we never really know what happened to her. In a way she 'realized', and all those experiences opened her to new doors of wisdom (and us too, actually). But at the same time, the events that created her also destroyed her. Like she said, they incapacitated her. And that's not even the worst part. There really is no ending, and the reader is just left off there just like that.
However, I think that's the right decision. This book is not just about telling a story (which is why I'm not calling it a story), and it doesn't really need to be that specific, since its sole purpose is to let us experience the raw emotions of suffering.
Seriously, there really isn't that much to say about this book. It's literately a book made of pure emotions. 5 stars, I think it totally deserved it.