Review: So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

So Sad Today

The Blurb

From acclaimed poet and creator of the popular Twitter account @SoSadToday comes a darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays.

Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn’t abate for months. So she began @SoSadToday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following.

In SO SAD TODAY, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love low self-esteem, addiction, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. With insights as sharp as her humor, Broder explores–in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic–questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.

The Review

Oh it pains me to write this review because I really wanted to like So Sad Today. I honestly thought I would like it but I just didn’t.

So Sad Today chronicles writer Melissa Broder’s battle with depression and anxiety. Her struggles are broken down into manageable chunk sized chapters and they are written well; in particular, Help Me Not Be a Human Being. However – and this pains me to say – I found the writing self-indulgent and whiny. I hate writing this because I don’t want to take away from Broder’s struggle with depression and anxiety (nor do I want to add to her fragility) but other books have dealt with this subject in a more relatable way, such as Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. At times, it felt like Broder was trying to be deliberately provocative and taboo and it just didn’t seem realistic to me.

It is such a shame that I didn’t enjoy So Sad Today.

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder is available now.

2 Stars

2 Comments

  1. 5th May 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Too bad it didn’t work for you. I do think the book sounds interesting, but I often avoid personal essays/accounts and memoirs for the same reason.

    • 5th May 2016 / 9:18 pm

      I was really disappointed with it. However, if you want a great essay book then read Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto. It is boss x x

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