|_amethyst_eyes (_amethyst_eyes) wrote,|
@ 2008-08-26 19:07:00
Book 22: Prozac Nation
Title: Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America
Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel
Copyright date: 1994
Publisher: Riverhead Books
How many pages: 362
How long it took me to read: Almost 2 weeks
I learned about this book from: Not sure.
This book was purchased at: Borrowed from Laura
Other books by this author: Bitch and More, Now, Again
Main characters: Elizabeth
Favorite characters: Didn't really have one.
Least favorite Characters: n/a
When and Where the story takes place: Cambridge in the 80's, I think
Plot in a nutshell: A young girl with promise turns into a depressed shell of who she could be.
What I liked best: The few moments where you could actually feel the depression, I suppose. And the recovery.
What I liked least:I didn't like that I felt like I was reading a text book the whole time, that this was an outsider looking into the world of depression. I know she really went through this, but how it feels and how this book reads are 2 completely different things. The ideas come across, but not the true blackness of the disease.
What parts could you relate to: Most of it. I've been depressed and our experiences are different. While she would fall to the ground screaming and making a scene, I never did that...but maybe it's just 2 different personality issues.
Would this book make a good movie?: Probably..
Quote from the book that sums it up: Eh.... Idk.
As I found myself saying to not a few people who would tell me they found the book angering and annoying to read: Good. Very good: That means I did what I had set out to do. That means you'd felt a frustration and fury reading the book that might even be akin to the sense of futility experienced by most people who try to deal in real life with an actual depressive.
Overall Rating: 2.5 (very mild) happy pills out of 5.