I used this for one of the books in my 20in20 challenge. More accurately, this is my nonfiction dealing with mental illness.
And boy does it deal with mental illness. I will fully admit I didn’t realize this is the same Armstrong who is known as mommy blogger Dooce. And I mention this because I was impressed by all that was being shared, not realizing this is how she makes her living.
Anyway! Heather had crippling depression. The kind where day to day things, like emptying the dishwasher, lead to sobbing because you. just. can’t. Not “Augh. Again.”, but “How can I get out of bed to shower? How do I not break down in tears to empty the dishwasher?”
And she was the third person to go through this trial. A trial that essentially leaves her brain dead for 15 minutes, brings her back, and then rinse and repeat nine more times.
The supporting characters are mostly the medical professionals and her mom. Her mom and step-dad are the ones helping her, driving her, and being there for everything.
I give this book 9/10. There aren’t things I would change. And I love how much we get of Heather before/during/after. I love we see her relationship with her mom and her own daughters. I couldn’t give it a 10, because there were some tough parts to read, which isn’t surprising given the subject matter.