6 Apr 2011
Wow! I was hooked into this book in the first few pages and was finished less than 24 hours later. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much is because I related so well to the character of Grace, I understood exactly why she did the things she did and how she behaved becasue I've been there myself. She's clearly battling depression, even though she doesn't realise it, she feels lonely but pushes away people closest to her and she can't quite explain why she cuts herself when she's upset. For anyone that doesn't understand 'cutting' either, it's a way of making the pain from inside, that you can't see or do anything about, into a physical pain that can be dealt with. The same as some people drink, smoke or do other things to dull what they're feeling inside.
I thought the writing was wonderful and, later on, really captures the frazzled mind of someone who is depressed and upset and finding it hard to think straight - yet it's still readable.
The story itself is more simple and I guessed pretty easily what was going to happen, but this didn't stop me at all from wanting to get to the end and seeing if I was right.
It was a very emotional book for me and I cried several times, because I've felt how Grace felt, and dealt with it the same way.
And days later the book is still with me.
I urge anyone who hasn't to read it because it really is an excellent insight to what it's like for someone with depression.