Your Voice In My Head: A Memoir by Emma Forrest
Describe it in 25 words or less. Emma Forrest’s eulogy for the psychiatrist who helped her help herself.
Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’ve been on a little memoir kick lately.
What was your favorite part and why? The things I liked the most about it was Emma Forrest’s complete honesty and unique style.
What was your least favorite part and why? That she was twice put under a pile of debt for medical treatment that never helped her get better.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was immediately intriguing and it never lost my interest. And although it broached very serious subjects, it never felt preachy or clinical.
What did you think of the ending? Full of hope.
What was the moral of the story? The journey of healing is never a smooth one and sometimes it’s the people who travel it with you that get you to your destination safely.
Favorite quote: “If you have ever lost someone the way I tried to go, I can assure you t the best of my experience that as despairing as they were, the hell they were in, whatever caused them to swallow the pills or tie the noose, to fill their pockets with rocks and step into the water, before going under, their final thoughts are of love.” – Emma Forrest
How does the book compare to the film? The film has yet to be made, but Forrest herself has written the screenplay and I’ve heard reports of Emma Watson being cast as Forrest. I’m happy with having read it and don’t think it would benefit from being put on the big screen except maybe to spread a greater understanding on mental illness to people who would otherwise not read the book.
Songs: I’ve put the songs mentioned in the book on Grooveshark for you to listen to.
Who would you recommend it to? Anyone with a mental illness or anyone who loves someone with a mental illness.
Number of unknown words: 5
Craft/Activity: Learn how to read tarot cards.
Artwork: Groucho Marx by Richard Avedon
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