Go Ask Ogre

April 24th, 2006

Reprinted from my review on Amazon.com:

An Emotional Workout, April 24, 2006

I began reading “Go Ask Ogre” one Sunday morning and, by early afternoon, I was halfway through it. I could not tear myself away. This book is so gripping and poignant that it felt like putting the book down would be turning my back on the teenage girl crying out for help. The inclusion of photocopies of the author’s actual letters and artwork contribute to the effect of immersion in her life.

The book does not detail how the author recovered from her deep depression (and the text includes a waiver stating that the book is not intended as a substitute for psychological treatment), but what at first seemed an omission ultimately is the greatest source of hope: Given time, creative outlets, and friends, you can survive, recover, and thrive.

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