But this isn't a review about her first book, this is a review of her second book, Furiously Happy. Although, it's less a review and more of my thoughts on the subject matter and the author.
You can't help but want to banish the darkness from her soul. The thing is, you realize through her stories that's not the answer. She shines a light on the ugliness of mental illness, but also highlights the good times. Both make her who she is and she embraces that. If only everyone else was so open. Maybe there'd be less problems in the world.
Furiously Happy made me laugh, albeit not as much as the first one, but I think the messages in this one is more important. One is that we can't fix everything, not even ourselves, so it's important to accept and love ourselves. Two, the only way to get rid of the stigma of mental illness is to talk about it. Don't shove it under the table and pretend it never happened. Three, depression lies. When The Bloggess talked about hers I wanted to reach out and tell her how awesome I think she is. She is cool, and I think she is brave for doing all the things she does. I love who she is and it's a bit of a catch-22. I don't want her to have go through her dark days, but I also don't want her to change.
The last thing I suppose I should say is the book contains swearing (but if you read her blog that shouldn't surprise you) and deals with mental illness. (I got curious and poked around Amazon review, specifically the 1 and 2 stars.) Pretty much, it may not be everyone's cup of tea and some people might struggle with the subject matter. But then again, isn't that every book out there? Why are we shocked?