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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It goes without saying that this is a tragic story. In trying to elucidate the factors contributing to this young woman's suicide, perhaps something positive will come of Madison's untimely death.
What did you like best about this story?
The exploration of the impact of social media on the generation that has not known a world without extreme connectivity. The destructiveness of unrealistic expectations of oneself that can be at least partially attributed to the bombardment by the "happiness" displayed on social media, and the exclusion of the reality of peoples lives is explored.
Things have changed drastically since I went to college in the 80's. The author effectively contrasts the not so remote, yet extremely different experiences of going off to college. Ironically, there is so much more awareness of mental illness now than there was 30 years ago, and an armamentarium of psychotropic medications. It is perplexing that such extreme suffering is still so rampant.
What didn’t you like about Kate Fagan’s performance?
I'm sorry to say that the narration of this book was TERRIBLE! If a person spoke in the manner that Ms Fagan read aloud, it would be bizarre. It was extremely distracting with emphasis on words misplaced, and pauses in inappropriate places. I had to increase the speed to 1.5x, and it still seemed stilted and just wrong. How can this be when someone is reading one's own words? I had urges to give up the entire time I was listening, but I wanted to finish the story. It needs to be revised by an experienced narrator. Too late for me, but it would spare others.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I don't know - it would depend on the reviews.
Any additional comments?
Again, I advise reading this instead of listening to it.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Worthwhile read for parents of stressed children. I didn’t particularly like the author’s insertion of her own story, nor the authors assumptions of how Maddy was feeling. I was able to overlook my issues and still felt it was a worthwhile read. I also attended UPenn, lived near the suicide scene, and my roommate died 2 months into my freshman year in college. Fast forward, my 14 year old daughter is perpetually stressed. So, this story is close to my heart and put me on alert to be sensitive to my daughter’s pressures.
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