Much much better book than it was a movie!
this is the best of the best. Best in the entire planet,i guess.well , sometimes we r crazier than crazy ppl . Sometimes they look deeper of their life than we do . They have been in the most terrible life that we couldn't imagine . We always think of what we don't have just like Susanna . And we always arm oursleves to cover our fear like Lisa . We r just like them and we all need to discover our own life means and care about others.
Unlike some of the other comments here I found the book much better than the movie and I thought it was an amazing book as well.
I wrote quite a lengthy essay off my reaction to this book and some of my own experiences.
One of the greatest things about this book is that it touches on an aspect of everyone life in someway. Through all of the different characters and situations everyone can identify with something, maybe not to the same extent, but it is there. The big difference as Susanne herself says is, "...being crazy is you or me amplified. Have you ever told a lie and enjoyed it...". Everyone has thoughts of letting go and giving into the uniqueness of themselves. Everyone, now and then, do give in. The difference between being crazy and sane is knowing the difference and the majority of the time maintaining that difference.
i do think the movie was better than the book buuuut that's because i saw the movie first and was in love with susanna's story so i had to read the book.. i'd probably think differently if i read the book first.
The book and the movie are both fantastic, but in very different ways. I prefer the book, but I did read it before I saw the movie. I didn't quite buy Winona Ryder as Susanna, but I loved Angelina Jolie as Lisa.
i loved it all.
I think the book is much better than the movie. I don't like Winona Ryder at all. Anyway, the major point that people seems to forget is that this book is a real story.
when i saw the movie, i was just crying and i felt it so much..can't wait to read the book..
I have read up to page forty. The book is very interesting and so far I would probably rate it by giving it a four point five. A new character just came in and her name is Daisy. She comes to the hospital and joins Susan, Lisa, and the other girls for a couple months every year. She is obsessed with chicken and laxatives. Lisa, one of the patients, uses her addiction to laxatives to get into her room. Lisa gets a lot of laxatives for herself and saves them up to make a deal with Daisy, thus getting into her room. Because everyone is so curious about Daisy’s room, Lisa comes back and tells everyone about it.
Daisy had nine chicken carcasses in there, the room was creepy and it smelled bad. Daisy’s dad is the one who always brings her the chickens. It is talked about that he is in love with her and that is not right. He is her father and shouldn’t love her in that way. Daisy’s chicken story is one of many stories the author is telling about the patients of Mclean hospital. All the stories are so interesting, because they are very real. The patients, in the book, are very different and its very cool to read this book, where it makes you feel like you too are in the hospital and experiencing all that they are.
“Actually, it was only part of myself I wanted to kill: the part that wanted to kill herself” (37). This quote makes me sad, because it explains the fact that suicidal people are not to blame for the choice they make to take their own life. Yes, they killed themselves, but there was something in there brain telling them to do it. Most people don’t actually want to die, they just want that side of the brain’s dark thoughts to die. This they cannot help.
In my last independent reading post, I said that the book talked a lot about all the other patients problems and struggles and not so much about the author, Susan’s, problems. I still think this.