Book Review: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Memoir

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was an incredible autobiography by a woman who diagnosed herself with a mental disorder and then enrolled herself in a mental hospital. The book describes her time there with uncanny detail and really brings awareness to some of the conditions that people experience(d) in mental hospitals.

Girl, Interrupted


Susanna Kaysen is only 18 years old when she notices that something is wrong with her. She enrolls herself in a mental hospital and is later diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Susanna makes friends at the mental hospital, and all of them are unique in their own ways. While at the hospital, she sees people come and go with frightening speed and wonders when she will be cleared to leave as well.

Certain patients at the hospital are also subject to electric shocks and cold packs, which usually don’t do much to affect their condition, but rather harm them even more. Susanna hasn’t been introduced to these methods of recovery yet, nor does she want to be.

Faced with uncertainty at every corner, the only thing that Susanna is sure of is her madness…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Girl, Interrupted of Kaysen, Susanna


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