34 thoughts on “#Nonfiction Book Review: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you liked the post. I think you’ll definitely get so much more out of the book not having seen the film. I’m going to have to start checking all films now to make sure they weren’t a book first!

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  1. What a fantastic review, Janel! When I saw the movie years ago, I also had no idea that it was based on a book. I may read the book just because it’s been so long since I watched the movie (I’ve probably forgotten the details!). Glad to know you preferred the movie.

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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you liked my review. I’ve seen the film so many times, it’s partially ingrained in my brain, haha – it’d be interesting to see how much of the film, if any, comes back to you when you read the book 🙂

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    1. Thanks Danielle, so glad you liked my review, and can relate to it. I definitely went into this one with preconceived ideas of what to expect based on watching the film. I do love that when she left the hospital she said she was going to be a writer and went on to writes a few fictional novels.

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  2. I read this memoir back in February, after seeing the movie more than once, and I completely agree with you. The movie does have a lot more going on, especially with Lisa’s character. I think I would have enjoyed the book better if I hadn’t seen the movie, as well. However, it only took me about 2 hours max to read this book and it’s one I’ve been wanting to read. It is definitely worth the short amount of time it takes to read. Thanks for your review. 🙂

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    1. The fact that it’s a quick read definitely works in the books favour if you’ve seen the film. Ever since finding out the film was based on a book, I’ve wanted to read the memoir so I’m glad I can tick it off my tbr, and it certainly wasn’t time wasted reading. I wonder how Kaysen felt about the film and the dominant role given to Lisa, it’d be interesting to hear her thoughts on it…

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  3. I think of this book as kind of a classic, but I’ve not yet picked it up. Your experience with watching the move and than liking the book less afterwards sounds very familiar to me. I’ve had that happen often enough that I wonder if I’ll always like whichever I encounter first – book or movie – better. I think it’s pretty rare for the one I encounter second to be the one I prefer.

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    1. I can see why it would be considered a classic, but I think the film definitely boosted sales. And your theory seems pretty accurate to me about which ever medium you encounter first 🤔 In most cases I always read the book first, and always end up preferring it to the screen. I think the last time I watched the screen before reading was Under The Dome by Stephen King, and I must say I liked them equally, which is rare. But I guess whichever you encounter first is the “norm” 🙂

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  4. You’re completely right about Angelina Jolie – it’s arguably one of her best roles, and she was a real scene stealer in the movie. Too bad you did not like this more, but I think your review made me once again think about picking this up, especially your comment about the book stripping away the drama. Great review as always!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 ….and hell yeah, this definitely goes down as one of Jolie’s best roles! I really wish I’d read the book first, haha. I’d be interested to see what you think, if you think having seen the movie influenced your reading experience too.

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  5. I loved the film too and though Jolie was absolutely fantastic! I was unsure as to whether to also read the book having already seen the film! I really enjoyed reading your review x

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    1. I’m not sure you’ll get much more out of the book tbh – the film was very in keeping with the book, it just elaborated/fabricated on certain bits. Saying that, it is a short book so if you come across a copy then why not….

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    1. Thank you! I think I’d probably have liked this more if I wasn’t so familiar with the movie – I re-watch it all the time, haha. I’m also curious about the fiction books Kaysen has written, as she said in this memoir she was going to go on and become and writer and she actually did which I find fascinating, lol.

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  6. Got it. I used to exclusively read fiction and have made a heavy transition into non-fiction in the last 2 years and benefited a lot from it. Now I try and balance (1 fiction followed by 1 non-fiction is my aim although it tends to be 2 non-fiction followed by 1 fiction in practice). If you happen to be looking for inspiration on non-fiction books to read next I write about them here: https://therapywithbooks.clinic/ Would love your thoughts.

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