“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath

  1. I first read it after recovering from the worst depressive episode I’ve ever experienced, which I’m not sure if I’d really recommend to anyone in hindsight, but I know exactly what you mean. It felt very… validating? It’s a beautiful read in itself, which always helps, and it’s such a cliche to say that the protagonist is relatable, but there’s no other way to put it. I don’t think, even to this day (about 10+ years on), that I’ve ever related to a protagonist more.

  2. I absolutely agree, I can’t think of another protagonist with whom I’ve related to more…and reading it totally was validating in how it gave an insight into the actual experience of dealing with a mental illness instead of just giving an external, objective explanation of what it ‘must be like’. Truly an exceptional novel!

  3. I started reading it several years after recovering from a decade or so of depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. The writing was fantastic and she so captured some of the things I used to feel. Like you said, it was validating and relatable.

  4. I agree with you. I was very tempted to re read it last year but I wasn’t in the best spot mental health wise. I think it’s too relatable so I get too into the book and it makes my depression worse if that makes sense

  5. Validating is exactly the right way to describe it. I spent so much time (particularly in middle:high school) feeling like a space alien, and this book put into words SO many of the things I was thinking and feeling. It made me feel like I wasn’t completely alone.

  6. I read it as a dumb teen boy who didn't understand why life was "so hard" for girls, especially in the past. Like when I had to read Kate Chopin's The Awakening, my takeaway was just that the main character was an awful person. But with the Bell Jar I got it - or at least started to - even though by all rights I shouldn't have had much in common with Esther.

  7. The Fig Tree passage resonated with me so much. It's like she understands me without ever meeting me. I totally get what she meant by being overwhelmed with so many paths in life. So far I've been a teacher, nurse, reporter and now--I don't know. Talk about the greatest analogy of existentialism.

  8. I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

  9. I've carried that passage with me since high school, and at almost 40 is still resonates, even more so now. Haunting

  10. It’s a passage I keep in my mind when I’m making big decisions. This past year I chose to leave teaching to pursue research and that passage was what I read consistently.

  11. I am not and never have bben mentally ill, but I have loved ones who are. I read this 20 years ago and still recommend it. It is a beautifully written book.

  12. How have you avoided that? Sounds almost untrue taking the state of the world into consideration and all :(

  13. I read it in the late 80s and found it very relatable and reassuring. I felt like no one could understand how I felt and I didn't want to explain it to anybody because I didn't want to make anyone else as miserable as I was.

  14. It’s like a clarion call that it’s okay to be unwell and just to be trying the best you can, and also that it’s okay to fall/fail because the illness can make it so hard and nobody ever understands

  15. Yes! After reading the Bell Jar I bought all her journals and read them. Still have them on my bookshelf. Definitely interesting reading.

  16. I actually loved this book for reasons that have nothing to do with "mental illness" and everything to do with the coming of age aspect. I didn't relate much to the protagonist during her hospital stay because she was so blase and passive about everything, but I loved the rest of it. I encourage anyone looking for a good coming of age novel to read it.

  17. That’s actually a really interesting way of looking at/analyzing it…I can totally see that, and I kind of love how it makes the mental illness part of her coming of age, not the singular narrative of the story 😄🙌 So do you think that she goes on to live a generally good life after the novel ends? (Not trying to ignite debate just interested on your take of what happens after the ending 😄✌🏻)

  18. Definitely how I felt as well! The first part of the book was so relatable to me. Trying to navigate social gatherings and what she wants with her career and falling short on both counts. I read it last year as I was going through issues at work and it was relatable. I didn’t connect so much when she was in the hospital either, just mostly sympathized with the drastic turn of events that happened for her completely valid feelings.

  19. I love the Bell Jar. So beautifully written and even if you are not clinically depressed, a lot of her internal thoughts are very relatable and validating.

  20. Yeah, Esther’s subtle racism and homophobia didn’t bother me either, it was just in the context of the time and she wasn’t rampant about it

  21. I'm not "excusing" Esther's racism, but I think that was a part of her character. I didn't think she was necessarily supposed to come off as likeable.

  22. I didn't realize people looked at you funny for reading this - I love Sylvia Plath and found "The Bell Jar" to be completely engrossing and beautifully written.

  23. Same. I think it gets lumped into ‘warning signs’ due to what it’s about and how intense it gets..which I understand I guess but I didn’t feel like it pushed me in any direction, just made me feel less alone in my current struggle with stuff

  24. Id honestly never heard of this book until a coworker of mine came across a patient who was reading it (I work with kids in mental health units) and told me that it wasn't an appropriate book for the kiddo to be reading. I ended up coming across a copy in a second hand book store, bought it and enjoyed it. Understood why it wasn't ideal for a patient to be reading on the unit though.

  25. When I was n a locked unit after a suicide attempt, the PA assigned to me chuckled because I was reading Anna Karenina. Imagine what he and my psychiatrist would have thought if I had been reading The Bell Jar. I save my rereading of that novel for very special times.

  26. As a person who struggles with depression and anxiety and executive dysfunction, the metaphor of the plum tree she’s sitting in and watching all her opportunities waste away from is one I use often.

  27. I totally get what you mean…it didn’t make me feel any more depressed than I already am, it just made me feel validated in my feelings of alienation due to my condition

  28. Talking about reading The Bell Jar isn't a red flag for being in crisis. It puts people who have mental illness in danger by labeling something benign as critical because then we're constantly being watched and hunted for truly innocuous thoughts, feelings, or actions, which can then lead to us pulling away from society and potentially putting us in more danger via isolation.

  29. I wasn’t validating the red flag bit but if you tell someone you’re reading it they give you the ‘are you okay?’ look…I found the book to be liberating and I felt very understood

  30. I read it and I loved it. I'm reading her journals right now and it's fascinating to see the correlation between the journal and the fictional book, and how one became the other.

  31. i read it before i had entered an institution and during my time there i found myself recollecting moments from esther’s inner monologue. the whole time i was there i basically felt like her

  32. Thanks! I’ll check that one out next…I can read the poems as little interludes while reading ‘the stranger’ by Camus—that’s the next book in line 😄

  33. I feel like reading Plath was tied into that manic-pixie-dream-girl stereotype of the 00’s. Or, in literary academia, in particular poetry, Plath’s writing was considered less than (and therefore her readers) because of its confessional nature. I’m unsure if any or all these stereotypes persist today. Nor do I give a fuck if I’m associated with them.

  34. Whoa I hadn’t thought about that…if I had found this book at like 16 maybe it would’ve provided clarity about what was wrong with me, and made me stronger and more informed about what I needed for my care.

  35. I read it recently and didn’t like it at all. I am a female with bipolar disorder so I’ve been depressed many times and attempted to very unsuccessfully end my life. I didn’t find the main character relatable and it didn’t reflect my experience of mental illness at all. I personally found the main character to be very self-absorbed to the point we learn very little about any other character. Her lack of awareness of how harmful her thoughts were to herself was the only insightful thing I noticed. I was disappointed because I had heard so many good things.

  36. I also had a similar experience. I thought it self-absorbed and somewhat narcissistic. But I recently learned that Plath's work was heavily modified and edited by her husband to present this way. Conversations between him and her editors on wanting to capitalize on her depression and suicidal ideation.

  37. I had a similar experience with this book. Wondering what I missed that everyone else got from this book. It made me anxious and uncomfortable. And the racism was difficult to read.

  38. I too recently read the bell jar for the first after all the rave it's received my entire life and I was very underwhelmed by it. It fell short in just about every way. The main character was not at all realistic (to me of what depression is like) in that she didn't really try at anything, except for the suicide attempt. I also agree that the overall book fell flat because none of the characters were ever developed in any way.

  39. As someone who was diagnosed with clinical depression and spent compulsory time in a psych ward in my youth I thought I'd find this more engrossing but I guess I couldn't relate to the protagonist... thankless, judgemental... some beautiful parts though. I prefer Plath's poetry. Although I might give it another go someday.

  40. I agree! The way Ester judged those around her who were merely living their lives / doing their best to help was quite unrelatable...

  41. I haven't read this one yet but have always been curious about it. Do you think it would make a good candidate for listening to on audio format?

  42. I've always regretted never finishing it, but I was in a major depressive episode when read it for school and I could feel it affecting me mentally. I was scared reading it because I was realizing how sick I was. However, I've struggled with depression all my life now, and I'm still curious about the ending. I just haven't decided whether that would be a good move or a bad one for my mental health to actually finish it.

  43. I read it as a teen for the story, back when I read everything without discernment. I re-read it a few years ago and finally noticed how beautifully-written it is.

  44. It is an absolutely fantastic book that I will always recommend, Sylvia Plath writes so beautifully. I swear, she could write about a car seat and it would still be the most interesting thing I’d ever read. Plus looking back on it after experiencing my own depressive episode, it’s incredibly validating. I find a lot of my experiences in hers and while that can be scary, it also makes me feel a little less lonely.

  45. I read The Bell Jar a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it! I can’t put my finger on why though. Something about it really touched me. It quickly felt like Esther was a close friend and I really cared what happened to her. I’ll never forget this book.

  46. After I read it, I remember thinking that I had never read anything before that so accurately described depression and mental illness. I’ve been depressed for years, up and down, my doctor said I’ll probably need meds for life. It felt kind of validating to read, honestly. Maybe validating isn’t the right word, but I don’t know if I even know the right word to use.

  47. I actually just read it a few months back and after hearing so many negative things about it I wasn't sure how much I'd like it. As someone who suffers from depression and other mental illnesses I think this book was almost perfect. It wasn't trauma porn, and really humanized the suffering she was most likely going through.

  48. I love this book the whole fig thing EXCELLENT. But also the whole thing her prose the way she takes you with her before you even realize, unparalleled. I really wish she wrote more novels.

  49. I read it and liked it, definitely found commonality, but my daughter picked it up as a teen and she loved it. It remains one of her favorite books.

  50. I just finished it last night too! Strange. Unfortunately I have had major depressive episodes and been on medication, in a mental hospital etc and I thought it was the most honest and pure recounting of how that feels that I've ever read.

  51. I read this book a long time ago, the only thing I remember and cherish is the passage about the fig tree. It was so relatable that I was scared a little.

  52. I read this book a month ago. It’s such a personable and beautifully written book. It gave me this feeling of emptiness after finishing it. I wanted to keep reading about her character. I went out of my way to find anything more I could read from Plath.

  53. Ahh fuck like all books I only got halfway through. I'll have to go digging to find my copy. Better that than friggin reddit scrolling

  54. You might check out {{shoot the damn dog}} because it has a similar vibe. Sadly the author has since died by suicide but she, like Sylvia Plath, describe depression so well.

  55. I love this book. I understand why people talk about the mental health aspects the most, but I feel like it resonates because she is so wonderfully observant about all aspects of life. The commentary on work, study, the relationships between men and women... it feels like it could be written about 2022 it's still so relatable.

  56. I'm reading it right now, have been interested in the book for a long time. I'm 66, have depressed/anxiety issues, always have. I heard it might not be a Healthy book for someone like me.

  57. This is one of my favorite books. I devoured it in one sitting. I have struggled with depression my whole life and this validated and put into words everything I had felt and do still feel. She is very gifted as a writer.

  58. I find myself constantly putting this off, cuz i have anxiety and depression and know that books, movies and shows do trigger me more so i just stay away, but one day when I'm healed enough, I'd love to read this

  59. I love this book and this makes me want to read it again. I read it for the first time in high school (10th grade maybe) and again in college. It resonated deeply in college.

  60. I read it in high school when I was not in crisis. I hope it made me think about those around me in a pain that I could not see or understand. I read her poetry afterwards.

  61. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the coloured arrows from a Fourth of July rocket

  62. Read it a few years ago and absolutely fell in love. I'm working on trying to read more Plath now because she writes so beautifully and I relate so much as I've been dealing with depression for as long as I can remember.

  63. Same…after living 33 years with this oppressive depression and alienation it was truly wonderful to find a book/author who so accurately captures the experience of what I’ve struggled with my whole life

  64. I read it a few years ago as part of a list of "books so famous, shouldn't I have read them?" I didn't actually know much about it before I started it, and really I'm kind of glad. I don't know if I would have read it if I had known.

  65. I reread The Bell Jar while I was in the worst of my depression and when I realized how much i related to it, it scared me enough to ask for help.

  66. I just checked this out of the library yesterday. Only 20 pages in. I got it because it was short. I have another one on hold so I got it to kill time. But yes, crisis’ sounds about right.

  67. Ah yes, Esther. As much as I dislike her name, I feel as though she is a sister from a past life or an old college roommate. I feel as though she has existed in my life, that's how real the character is, and fittingly so, given that the work is largely autobiographical. I too, like others, read this is crisis. We had a list of books to choose from for a school project and as soon as my teacher said that it was a banned book, I drew to it with big eyes. I was going through my first heavy episode of MDD in high school. My English teacher knew my situation and my borderline suicidal obsession and sat down with me to encourage me to change my choice of book to read. In hindsight I'm thinking, the poor guy must have probably felt really guilty/anxious.

  68. Honestly I think it plunged my mental health even worse than before. The time of year didn't help etc. It took me ages to get to the end and I identified way too early with her authorial voice. Many other factors but I'm kinda scared to pick it up since (I was 16 at the time). I'd agree it was a very poetic pov of that kind of experience, but maybe a bit too romanticised for me at the time. The indulgence in lamenting and feeling pure emptiness really hit hard.

  69. Great read. Anyone being honest can relate. Anyone who cares for children or is considering caring for kids should take a look as I feel her emotions regarding lack of support and how it can alter your state of mind were bleeding through onto the page. Also the stark contrasts in how a woman is treated differently than a man is…

  70. I read it this summer. I’ve been on an anxiety journey for about a year now, and I just found that it was able to put into words a lot of the things I was feeling but didn’t know how to describe. It was quite liberating

  71. Yes! I felt the same while reading it; like everything I felt but could never properly put into words was right there in the book, conveyed effortlessly and exactly to the point of how it feels to be going through it

  72. I’ve been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and find some things a bit triggering to read or talk about, so I’ve been putting this one off for a bit. Definitely want to get around to it, though.

  73. I had to put the book down a few times for a break because of this. It definitely resonates and is beautifully written but overwhelming during the rougher parts.

  74. Yeah, it definitely could be triggering but you may find it also to be validating in the way she writes about the struggle…but absolutely approach with caution as it gets very intense

  75. I wrote an essay in A-level English lit, looking at mental health and wether those suffering and their situation were their own fault or if it was societies (this was many years ago, so I can’t remember the exact details but that was more or less the thesis), I compared The Bell Jar and Cuckoo’s Nest (I thought that was an interesting angle to look at McMurphy). Can’t quite remember my conclusion but I’d read both long before doing the essay. I’ve always thought both books were an excellent look at/exploration of mental health/stigma around MH/how it fits into society and interpersonal relationships. Since then, almost all the work I do has some look at mental health. Bell Jar meant a lot to me in my younger years, but as I grew older I found that Bukowski was the best work I could read to find solace in on bad days/months

  76. The Bell Jar is one of my all time favorites, mostly because I related (or have related at times in my life), but also because its rare to find a book that speaks so frankly and truely about mental illness. Im bummed to see its a red flag tbh bc i talk about it as one of my favorites 😅

  77. Red flags be damned! With my condition most people give me ‘the look’ anyways so why not just flat out say that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I can’t think of another that I’ve related to more on such a personal level

  78. Red flags be damned! With my condition most people give me ‘the look’ anyways so why not just flat out say that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I can’t think of another that I’ve related to more on such a personal level

  79. Red flags be damned! With my condition most people give me ‘the look’ anyways so why not just flat out say that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I can’t think of another that I’ve related to more on such a personal level

  80. I loved the book. I was absolutely moved. Having been in depression at one point, I could relate to the ups and downs and progress and relapses. But most of all, the silent hope the book has was like a warm hug. Albiet a happy ending wasn't the case for the author, the book sits as a piece of motivation for me. Or maybe just knowing her fate, I'm moved to work harder for my mental health. Idk. We're all trying, and the book is just a repetition of that.

  81. Exactly…I think it’s important to separate the overall message and ending of the novel versus Plath herself and her eventual ending…taking them both as one in the same is just super depressing and I don’t need any help with being more depressed 😅

  82. I first read it (like a lot of other people) when I was severely depressed, and I remember more than one person warning me not to read it in case it made me feel worse - but it actually really helped. It was so relateable. Especially the part where she describes not seeing the point in showering when we'll inevitably just get dirty again... it's the subtle bits that nobody talks about that make you feel the most alone, and the way she wrote made it clear that wasn't the case.

  83. This has always been my favorite book and I don’t care if anyone has ever seen it as a red flag. It’s such great writing. Plath is my favorite. This book really helped me navigate my 20s in a way most could not. The feeling of losing your mind, impulsive behavior, once being so cautious and innocent, to slowly turning into someone you hardly recognize. Being abused by men, drinking, feeling inadequate from friends, feeling like you’re squandering your dreams. Then the feeling of just wanting to slip away entirely. The letters, the baths, the self harm, the pain. It was all so real and so relatable to me. Except for the part when she ate raw meat mixed with a raw egg. I didn’t understand that lol

  84. That book is a classic and is read often by many people of all different sorts of makeup. Red flags are only for people who love talking about red flags.

  85. Mad weird u said reading this book flags you’re in crisis. That’s just plainly untrue. U can have mental health issues and not be in crisis just fyi.

  86. The first time I read it, I was going through the worst (and first) depressive crisis in my life and the book was very relatable to me. Not just about topics involving mental health and depression, but also for how it chronicles the difficulty of being a woman and handling topics such as marriage, children, career and sex. It was depressingly relatable and an eye-opening read for me.

  87. Yeah this was my first time with it and I’m currently dealing with a lot of issues. Tbh it was comforting to come home after another long day of ‘trying’ and then being able to check in with Esther and feel a bit less like an alien pretending to be like everyone else. I couldn’t directly relate to the female aspect of Esther’s issues with what is expected of her, but being a gay male I could—in a roundabout way—understand the frustration of what is expected of us by society versus what we actually want out of life Depressingly relatable is a great way of putting it.

  88. I actually just finished this yesterday for the first time. I found it remarkable how completely it traps you behind the eyes of the narrator. I also really liked the fragmentary, character-driven approach. Makes the whole thing feel visceral and very unreal at the same time.

  89. I haven't read it, but Malcolm Gladwell mentions it when discussing coupling in "Talking to Strangers." He argues Plath probably would have survived much longer if there hadn't been carbon monoxide available on tap in her kitchen (carbon monoxide containing town gas was phased out shortly after her death and replaced with nontoxic natural gas, resulting in a large decrease in the suicide rate).

  90. Reading that book when I was a young adult was the first time I ever felt seen. I still want to get "I am, I am I am" tattooed on my wrist sometime.

  91. I feel heard and understood for the first time after reading this…I love Moby Dick and Beloved (my 2 all time faves), but the Bell Jar might surpass both just on how connected I felt to the character

  92. I got something completely different. She wasn't mentally ill. Societal standards and expectations created a firm of anxiety that is not cured by shock treatments. I think we're incredible lucky today to have do many options available to us as women. We're more than sexually objectified objects looked at as brood mares and trophy wives for the sleek corporate executive. Just knowing that a shock treatment or partial Lobe lobotomy will not erase the shame of stepping outside the carefully curated box that a woman was supposed to fit into... Makes being a modern woman that much more gratifying. I can work. I can not work. I can raise a family. I can be married. I can be single... Divorced. I can REALLY ENJOY SEX. I won't drown in the secretarial pool and I can make whatever" match"I want. The family unit is still intact(barely). It's just evolved.

  93. I fell in love with Sylvia Plath when I read her unabridged journals. She was a beautiful soul. I’m thankful she found the strength to express her thoughts and feelings…they helped me accept my own life for what it is. I’m glad you found your way to her.

  94. i’ve owned this book for a while but i’ve never worked up the courage to read it. i remember my modernism professor once saying that reading the bell jar while depressed would be a recipe for disaster. maybe she was being dramatic but i really want to read it, but still nervous at the thought :/

  95. Mentally ill person here. It was a validating but still rough read. It has the potential to be very triggering if you're not in a good frame of mind, but I do think it was very well written. Makes me sad to think of Sylvia's suffering though.

  96. I’m also mentally ill here, and I’m not in the best place right now, but rather than finding it triggering I found it to be so comforting and validating, like sharing the secrets of a struggle with a close friend who totally understands you.

  97. Our college professor ordered us not to read more than 40 pages in one day. Because otherwise it is too depressing and he didn’t want to lose any of us.

  98. Wow, all this time i thought it was a book about canning since there's Bell Jars that are used in canning...but it sounds like it's way different than what i thought.

  99. Sylvia Plath was one of those rare creatures that acutely observed everything and expressed those observations with an eloquence that can only be compared to word-butter.

  100. I've been told to avoid the book, bc I had some serious mental health crisis, but I don't feel books/media of any kind has really triggered it before. Plus I'm in a good place so I'll give it a shot I think.

  101. But what do you want people to say or do about it? Older books are always susceptible to using offensive language that was appropriate at the time. And anyways I see plenty of people online criticizing and writing articles about this aspect of the book, so not everyone is ignoring it.

  102. I’ve read it twice and I enjoyed it both times. I suffer from long standing depression and maybe I’m just so numb that I didn’t find any of it triggering and I definitely don’t think it means you’re in a crises if you’re reading it. If anything i felt heard and validated. However I can certainly see how reading it in the wrong space could be I’ll advised.

  103. Yeah I definitely kept it at home and didn’t tell my parents or sister that I was reading it (I didn’t want them to worry)…and didn’t take it to read on my breaks at work or anything. But having finished it I don’t feel triggered either and more so just validated in my thoughts and feelings while dealing with these issues

  104. When I first read it, I looked up reviews and so many people were like "Well I've never been mentally ill, but the way Ether talks is wrong and unrealistic and she's mean 😡" Which I thought was hilarious!

  105. It’s a beautifully written novel. It’s been called the female counterpart to A Catcher in the Rye, but the label doesn’t do it justice. I have read the novel many times and find comfort in it. The writing is so beautiful. But also, it was written by someone who really understands and can convey well and accurately someone who has depression. Sadly she’s underrated as a novelist. I wonder what other brilliant fiction she would have written had she not ended her life.

  106. I was explaining it as the ‘girl version’ of catcher in the rye to someone the other day…it really is, but I favor the Bell Jar a hundredfold

  107. I haven’t seen the Paltrow movie but now I definitely want to…and I think I read the the Kirstin Dunst project got scrapped or is moving to showtime or something

  108. If you go by the "does it make you feel" metric. Which I do personally. This is one of the best. Makes me cry as an adult like "Where the Red Fern Grows" did as a child.

  109. So, I listened to it in Audio form about three months ago, purely at random. I knew nothing of the book, its reputation, it's author, anything. I had a vague idea that it was one of those awarded/famous books, and that was about it.

  110. Oh man I’m sorry that it triggered the worst memories for you, I can definitely see that…I had some old stuff brought up at different random parts too…it’s no easy ride that’s for sure…I guess whenever you feel like you’ve resolved things to a degree try and revisit it 😄

  111. How is talking about or reading this book a red flag you're in crisis? It's famous for portraying well the experience of depression but I don't think you should be judged as mentally unwell for reading it. Sylvia Plath is one of the world's most famous women poets.

  112. I don’t think that anyone should be judged as being mentally unwell for reading it but there is a cultural stigma and correlation between reading this book and people being like ‘shiiit are you alright?’ To paraphrase Esther, it’s that ‘queer look’ that they give you when you casually mention that you’re reading the Bell Jar. I’m not at all slighting Plath but I feel that she is rightfully so a figurehead in fiction that tells the correct and subjective experience of living with a mental illness

  113. Absolutely loved that book! The only book I've felt compelled to annotate my thoughts in because I just HAD to talk back to the narrator.

  114. I'm in the minority here. I found the book to be simpering and whiney. I have chronic depression myself so I get it. Perhaps this is the problem that I see the book as dreadful self loathing and have a hard time relating.

  115. Read them in high school struck me with the imagery and meaning underlying her words. Never really enjoyed her or poetry really, but she is worth a read.

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