theteenmommy, May 12, 2012 (view all comments by theteenmommy)
After reading Running with Scissors by Runyon, I knew I needed more of his words in my brain. Although the book moves slowly and makes me wonder how Runyon remembered conversations so precisely, it was still incredible to read and made me want more. As a former suicide-risk, this book really spoke to me in a way that I know could only happen because I went through that experience. Despite this, there was a complete lack of hope in Runyon's mind, which made me finish it wondering what happened afterwards. Still a great read, nonetheless.
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shadow_moon, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by shadow_moon)
This book was incredible. As a woman with depression, this book spoke to me. While graphic, the book is moving. It does not feel fake or forced as some non-fiction and fictional stories about suicide and depression do. Anyone who is curious about how people who are suicidal feel, or for people who want to better know themselves should read this book. It gives you better insight into your life, and to other people's lives. Everyone needs to make this book apart of their lives.
nataliegudermuth, November 7, 2010 (view all comments by nataliegudermuth)
I read this book when I was about 12 I am now 15 and it has been 3 years since i read it yet i still remember the name and only till now have I actualy decided to look up the auther that i fell in love with his younger self at only 12 which is crazy the book didnt mean anything to me till much later on when i realized the vibes it put out it a wonderful book and i hope to read it again soon. >^-^<
ballinalexx, March 6, 2009 (view all comments by ballinalexx)
My english class read this together and I am so glad that we did. It is an absolutely amazing book that I couldn't put down. Brent Runyon's thrilling story keeps you hooked and on edge the entire time. I soon began to feel close to Brent and his family. It is incredibly well written and thought out. I would recamend this toanyone who has ever felt depressed or suicidal. His recovery is amazing. One of my favorite books of all time. :]
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buckygirl, October 21, 2006 (view all comments by buckygirl)
Anyone who is a teenage boy or the parent of one should read this book! It is amazing. I read it in 6 hours. A deeply heartrending look into the workings of teenage dark thought processes and family communication of expectations and the play between arrested communication and impact of attempted self destruction due to emotional pain. The emotional lives of young men are just as worthy of study and novels and art as is any other young adult topic.
A must must MUST for parents of sesitive youth and those youth themselves. You woulnd't think it possible,but a very uplifting, hopeful voice is communicated in this book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Despite its dark subject matter, this powerful chronicle of Brent's journey to heal expresses hope, celebrates life and provides an opportunity to slip inside the skin of a survivor with a unique perspective." Publishers Weekly
by Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon,
"[The Burn Journals] describes a particular kind of youthful male desolation better than it has ever been described before, by anyone."
by A.M. Homes, author of Things You Should Know,
"An excruciating, brilliant book...WOW."
by Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha,
"A fascinating account of the mending of a body and mind, told with the simple and honest sensibility of someone too young to have endured so much."
"Runyon has, perhaps, written the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes...unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge."
by The Denver Post,
"A taut, chilling account of the author's attempt to commit suicide...a must-read for teenagers struggling with self-doubt."
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