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ISBN13: 9780307276957
ISBN10: 0307276953
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BRENT RUNYON WAS 14 years old when he set himself on fire.

This is a true story.

In The Burn Journals, Runyon describes that devastating suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year. He takes us into the Burn Unit in a children’s hospital and through painful burn care and skin-grafting procedures. Then to a rehabilitation hospital, for intensive physical, occupational, and psychological therapy. And then finally back home, to the frightening prospect of entering high school.

But more importantly, Runyon takes us into his own mind. He shares his thoughts and hopes and fears with such unflinching honesty that we understand—with a terrible clarity—what it means to want to kill yourself and how it feels to struggle back toward normality.

Intense, exposed, insightful, The Burn Journals is a deeply personal story with universal reach. It is impossible to look away. Impossible to remain unmoved.

This truly riveting memoir is a spectacular debut for a talented new writer.

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Synopsis:

The author recounts the year he spent in a burn unit following his suicide attempt at fourteen, describing the painful treatments, skin-grafting procedures, rehabilitation, and psychotherapy.

Synopsis:

I don’t want to get out of bed.

I’m so stupid.

I did so many things wrong.

I don’t know what to do.

I’m going to be in so much trouble.

What am I going to do?

I’m completely screwed.

In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match.

He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he’d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.

In the tradition of Running with Scissors and Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journals is a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery.

About the Author

Brent Runyon is a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life, where portions of this story first appeared. The author lives on Cape Cod, MA.

From the Hardcover edition.

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andrea13196, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by andrea13196)
i just started reading this book and it is so good but i got the book taken away and i never got to finish it and i really want to
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307276957
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-General
Author:
Brent Runyon
Author:
Runyon, Brent
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Psychology & Psychiatry-Suicide
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Psychology-Suicide
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Psychology : Suicide
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Psychology : Developmental - Adolescent
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Situations - Suicide
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Suicidal behavior
Subject:
Social Issues - Suicide
Subject:
Runyon, Brent
Subject:
Teenage boys - Virginia
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Teen Issues
Subject:
Psychology -- Biography.
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20051011
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
327

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Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Suicide
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Teen Issues

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Product details 327 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307276957 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author recounts the year he spent in a burn unit following his suicide attempt at fourteen, describing the painful treatments, skin-grafting procedures, rehabilitation, and psychotherapy.
"Synopsis" by , I don’t want to get out of bed.

I’m so stupid.

I did so many things wrong.

I don’t know what to do.

I’m going to be in so much trouble.

What am I going to do?

I’m completely screwed.

In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match.

He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he’d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.

In the tradition of Running with Scissors and Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journals is a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery.

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