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Girl, Interrupted

Kaysen, Susanna (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Girl, Interrupted

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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.
Authors: Kaysen, Susanna, 1948-
Title: Girl, interrupted
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Characteristics: 168 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : Turtle Bay Books, 1993
ISBN: 0679746048
Branch Call Number: 616.89 K23gi
616.89 K23
RC464.K36 A3 1994
Statement of Responsibility: Susanna Kaysen
Subject Headings: Psychiatric hospital patients Massachusetts Biography Kaysen, Susanna, 1948- Mental health
Topical Term: Psychiatric hospital patients
LCCN: 93043339
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Jun 28, 2014
  • ErinMWilson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I did not realise that this book was based off of the experiences of the author until I noticed that the author and the main character shared the same first and last name. I believe that would be an indication that this is a very well-written memoir. I loved the quirky characters and truthfulness in the words. I couldn't put this one down.

Apr 08, 2013
  • alynne16 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I can't believe I'm saying this butt, I enjoyed the movie more... That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book but the movie is definetly juiced up more.. Still nothing beats the story told in first person. If anything I'd say read the book just to have read it. It's an easy read and definetly makes you think. We've all felt crazy at one time or another! :)

Aug 23, 2011
  • marvelgirlsam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books of all time, along with her other book, "The Camera My Mother Gave Me."

Jun 23, 2011
  • penpencil22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Girl, Interrupted was a very clear book and an easy & fast read. I loved reading the medical charts throughout the book; it was interesting and something different to break up the text. I expected a lot more from it though. The chapters all seemed to be disconnected from each other which made the whole story seem disconnected too. It was more like several little memoirs combined to make a book. All in all, it was worth reading.


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Jun 28, 2014
  • ErinMWilson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 28, 2014
  • ErinMWilson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a true story, about an 18 year old girl who was brought to stay at a mental institution that is known for being home for many mentally ill stars, such as: Ray Charles and Sylvia Plath. In this book Kaysen describes what life was like there as well as introducing unique characters that manage to warm your heart.


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Jun 28, 2014
  • ErinMWilson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I got better and Daisy didn't and I can't explain why. Maybe I was just flirting with madness the way I flirted with my teachers and classmates.

Jun 23, 2011
  • penpencil22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Was insanity just a matter of dropping the act?"

Jun 23, 2011
  • penpencil22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Crazy isn't being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It's you or me amplified."


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