Your Voice in My Head

Your Voice in My Head By Emma Forrest, Emma Forrest, an English journalist, was twenty two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity A modern day fairy tale of New York, Your Voice in My Head is a dazzling and devastating memoir, clear eyed and shot through with wit In a voice unlike any other, Emma Forrest explores depression and mania, but also the beauty of love aEmma Forrest, an English journalist, was twenty two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity A modern day fairy tale of New York, Your Voice in My Head is a dazzling and devastating memoir, clear eyed and shot through with wit In a voice unlike any other, Emma Forrest explores depression and mania, but also the beauty of love and the heartbreak of loss.. Your Voice in My Head Emma Forrest an English journalist was twenty two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity A modern day fairy tale of New York Your Voice in My Head is a

  • Title: Your Voice in My Head
  • Author: Emma Forrest
  • ISBN: 9780307359315
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I m trying to find ways to describe this book but it s a difficult task because my mind is overwhelmed in a good way Emma Forrest is a charismatic and gifted writer, she s also a bipolar At the age of 16 she was a columnist in The Sunday Times and by the age of 21 a contributor to the Guardian And then to Vogue and Vanity Fair and The Independent She interviewed rock bands, writers and Hollywood stars even dated A list actors and famous writers She also published 3 books at that time, all acclai [...]

    2. Oh Lordy This book should be retitled Your Voice In My Head a Humblebrag in 224 pages Allow me to paraphraseI am so messed up, it almost obscures how precocious and brilliant I am I am full of self loathing and body image issues in spite of being a beautiful, fashionable waif I have terrible taste in men the movie stars, ber talented writers, and poetic souls i date are all gorgeous and tall but totally wrong for me My amazing, eccentric, perfect family are stuck with me and my mental illness, b [...]

    3. Disappointing There s the famous writer who is gifted than anyone of our generation whatever that means , the movie star who was her soul mate until he wasn t and a handful of other forgettable beaus There are a few oddly placed pop culture references Forrest comes across as an attention seeker, seemingly driven to convince us all of her desirability to famous, gifted men than anything else There were a few passages which were quite moving about her struggles but the emphasis on her relations [...]

    4. My boyfriend had a writing professor in college who said Don t write about your dead grandma because I don t want to give you a D on a story about your dead grandma I should maybe alter that to Don t read memoirs with mentally ill protagonists because I don t want to give someone a D on a story about suicide attempts, cutting and bulimia Especially not someone who has already been pummeled with toxic internet sledge by Colin Ferrell fanatics who found her too fat, too ugly to be the actor s girl [...]

    5. This is one case where I wish we could give ratings in half star increments three stars is too much, two too little I m attracted to memoirs I m intrigued by mental illness, it s debilitation and it s manifestation namely, addiction In the case of this book, said addiction is self injury and bulimia It seems Emma s to call her the author is too academic Ms Forrest too austere initial intention is to chronicle her battle with these compulsions, along with a touching homage to her late therapist, [...]

    6. Emma Forrest has a way with conducting a story Her talent shines as she weaves her memoir into a tale that reads like fiction, yet presents constant reflection almost as a third party to her experiences, doing so in a charming and funny, yet heartfelt and honest way I laughed, I cried a bit, commiserated tons, and just faced the fucking facts We all have our struggles and living is the hard part but perseverance is always a path awaiting our pursuit, if we choose it I think this also sums up the [...]

    7. Dear Sweet Jesus This book was a car wreck I gave it two stars because I literally couldn t stop reading it, even though I wanted to Emma Forrest is a journalist who writes about celebrity She s also bipolar, and cuts herself In this book, she writes about her suicide attempts, numerous boyfriends and the death of her therapist She also gets into a serious relationship with Colin Farrell, who she calls her Gypsy Husband.One of the messages that I learned from this book is that I should never eve [...]

    8. And here s entry numero dos in my Books Whose Narrator People Love to Complain About series I read this alongside I Await the Devil s Coming, whose narrator Mary MacLane is mocked almost across the board by readers for her melodrama and expression of inner turmoil.But here s what bothers me the most about the criticism of Emma Forrest s personality and writing the general public loves a quirky male writer I m talking cult like devotion David Sedaris, Chuck Klosterman, David Foster Wallace, Chuck [...]

    9. I just finished reading this memoir I received it from NetGalley and have been unable to put it down since I started it.This is an honest book If you re looking for powdered sugar lies, then this is not the right book to read If, like a large number of us, you have suffered through major depression or manic depression, this is a must read Ms Forrest writes beautifully, there s no denying that, but it s not the beauty of her phrases that captivate the mind, but the spine of truth that allows each [...]

    10. At the last few pages, the narrator referenced Jane Eyre, which my copy just came in and is my next book to read.How timely.

    11. Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest can be very uncomfortable to read, not because it is a memoir about mental illness, depression, mania, cutting, attempted suicide, and death, but because it is a humorous memoir about mental illness, depression, mania, cutting, attempted suicide, and death.To start, I have a confession to make I didn t know who Emma Forrest was before reading this book She s published a few other books, written screenplays, blogs, worked as a journalist, and has been involve [...]

    12. Of all the good memoirs out there that never make it into print, how in the world did this one make it I skimmed it because I wanted in the worst way for Emma to face up to the truth to find her Self To do so, she would have had to face the underlying reason for her self destructive behavior in the form of cutting, bulimia, promiscuity, suicide attempts And that is not to mention losing her Self in every relationship and then being completely bereft when he leaves her The one moment just the one [...]

    13. As someone who spent five years with an absolutely wonderful therapist in New York, I was intrigued by the premise for this memoir Emma Forrest would be writing about how her relationship with her therapist had an incredible impact on her, something she realized especially after his untimely and sudden death Unfortunately, while I believe that Forrest intended to write her book as a tribute to what seems to have been an amazing individual, I don t feel that she succeeded in that task To me, the [...]

    14. This memoir is a navel gazing train wreck of obsession and self pity from a middle class product of a tight knit family Lacking sufficient external reasons to suffer, the author chooses to become her own worst enemy Mired in narcissism and committed to self destructive behavior, Forrest details her cutting rituals and suicide attempts and her dependence on her therapist before building a monument to pain out of a failed romance with bad boy actor Colin Farrell Such confessional works only serve [...]

    15. A autobiografia de Emma foi um livro que me apareceu de surpresa e despertou toda a minha curiosidade.O relato da autora, apesar de triste, doce e divertido de se acompanhar, a leitura flui naturalmente e os cap tulos s o curtos o que contribui para ler rapidamente Durante as passagens imposs vel n o sentir o que Emma passou durante tantos anos e n o se comover, mas de um jeito bom, daqueles que s queremos abra ar a pessoa e dizer que vai ficar tudo bem poss vel acompanhar como ela melhorou e se [...]

    16. For a second I thought about giving this book a higher rating, because man, it s a memoir and I feel like I am judging someone else s life here and who am I to do so I believe there are books that need to be written and Emma Forrest probably needed to write this book, but I did not need to read it.Emma Forrest is an English journalist and screenwriter, who has been published by numerous magazines, she has interviewed many reputable people and even dated some Her biography reads like a fairytale, [...]

    17. Apparently, I am not hip enough to have known that Emma Forrest is somewhat, perhaps vaguely, known as a music journalist and brief love interest of Colin Farrel I just noticed her memoir, randomly, at a bookstore a while back and thought it sounded like it had a lot of potential to be touching This book is essentially a love letter to Emma s therapist, Dr R, who passed away without revealing to his patients that he had been fighting lung cancer For Forrest, and almost certainly his other patien [...]

    18. Your Voice in My Head is a memoir about Emma Forrest Her depression, her recovery, her therapist, her bad relationships, and Colin Farrell Colin Farrel is a huge part of this book, whether the author intended him to be or not And she can say she didn t, but I think she did She spends a lot of time psychoanalyzing why he ended the relationship so abruptly and the type of personality defects he may have that will ensure he does it again From other parts of the book, I get the feeling that she is a [...]

    19. I want to explain what I loved about this book and what I connected with in it, but I m not sure that I can.I can say that I ve been struggling lately Despite having friends to talk to and medication to take and a life I shouldn t really complain about I still struggle And I can say that in this book I found so much that struck me and resonated with me I found words that probably weren t meant to be advice but that hit me that way anyway and made me feel better about the things I ve been dealing [...]

    20. I love crazy chicks That s my favorite genre I especially love crazy chicks who own their crazy, who are like, I am crazy hear me roar Emma Forrest is one of those girls, and she can write like the dickens when she feels like it Parts of this book made me sigh with such understanding and other parts made me think, Holy god, you are batshit Basically, she s a depressed, bulimic cutter who dated Colin Farrell, and she manages to make that interesting about 50 percent of the time That s the major p [...]

    21. A sparse but heartfelt memoir detailing the author s relationship with her psychiatrist, Dr R, who she credits with saving her life following a suicide attempt Psychiatrists and therapists end up with treasure troves of knowledge about their patients lives, while patients only ever get the briefest glimpses into these men and women who are often credited with saving their lives Novelist and screenwriter Emma Forrest started the book as a way to cope with Dr R s early death somewhere along the bo [...]

    22. Emma Forrest was Colin Farrell s gf for a year So though this memoir is ostensibly about her relationship with her therapist, there s quite a bit of CF in there too though she gives him a pseudonym She could have called this Cutting and Colin Farrell and it would have been apt And yet I read it in one day, in two two hour chunks There were many moments of true, beautiful, glorious writing And she did a good job of making falling so hard for CF understandable So this book was really than the sum [...]

    23. good book wafty cover image put me off but this is a wrenching book about mental health and the brilliant people who look after it what happens when you lose the person whose voice is keeping you alive a shattering, yet hilarious and poignant little book about it all, and laden with many a hip industry in joke to boot highly recommended BBC.

    24. Full Disclosure This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise 6 3 11 So far I find this book disturbing to some extent, particularly because I m not sure if this is really the way the author thinks or just a literary style for describing her fight with severe depression or whatever was the medical term If that s what it was intended then it s very well executed but The [...]

    25. Emma Forrest is my Dr R.I first read an excerpt of this book on The Guardian s website in January and became obsessed I couldn t wait until May for it to come out in the States, so I ordered a copy from in the UK and didn t bat an eyelash at the fact that shipping cost as much as the book and for that matter, when was the last time I had paid for a new first edition hardcover book I always wait for the paperback I needed to read this.You see, I have my own GH He decided to run away in December, [...]

    26. When I was 15 I started reading every book about unhinged, self harming and or eating disordered young women I could find Once of them was Emma Forrest s second novel Thin Skin I checked it out of the library a dozen times before buying a copy, which is still, well thumbed, on my bookshelf All this is by way of saying that it s hard to evaluate Your Voice in My Head objectively A lot of the book will seem very familiar to anyone who s read Thin Skin, the main character Ruby was obviously based h [...]

    27. After having a somewhat crappy day yesterday, I read this book last night in one go It s not that long, but by the time I was finished and I really wanted to read it in one sitting it was past 1am Good thing I don t have to be anywhere this morning.Anyway Reading books in one sitting is always intense than reading bits and pieces over several days with countless breaks inbetween, and it fits the story I m not sure if I d really gone back to it, had I decided to put it down and turn out the ligh [...]

    28. I devoured this book from beginning to end Before reading this I knew nothing about Emma Forrest I didn t know that she wrote a column for The Sunday Times when she was only a teenager or that she had a high profile relationship with a famous actor that left her broken hearted I knew nothing of these things and yet I was so immersed in reading about her life that I found myself googling things to see if I could figure out who Gypsy Husband was, or even Loom or Christopher or Simon no luck with t [...]

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