Friday, May 6, 2011

Rat Girl: A Memoir

I was instantaneously caught up in Kristin’s story even though I had never heard of her band Throwing Muses. The product of hippies, Kristin is a bashful, yet exceptionally intelligent, teenager. She feels music within her very soul and the music comes to her, playing constantly in her head until she puts down the notes and writes the song. As her band starts to become well-liked, Kristin is diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Hersh’s writing about being bipolar is exceedingly heartrending. Through her words, the reader experiences what it feels like for her during her controlling frenzied states. After reading this book I feel as if I know Kristin and she is in fact a friend.

4 Stars

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