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"Endorphins sped through me. I spun around, growing dizzy, frantic, and silly. I wasn't drunk, but I felt a nice stoned feeling, sans paranoia, and I thought, 'I believe I've found my new pharmaceutical deep inside.' I giggled fearlessly, manically at this and looked down at myself; hands, arms, chest, and belly covered in crimson . . . "
Sharp is the story of a young man who began his life with a loving family and great promise for the future. But in his early twenties, David Fitzpatrick became so consumed by mental illness it sent him into a frenzy of cutting himself with razor blades. In this shocking and often moving book, he vividly describes the rush this act gave him, the fleeting euphoric high that seemed to fill the spaces in the rest of his life. It started a difficult battle from which he would later emerge triumphant and spiritually renewed.
Fitzpatrick's youth seemed ideal. He was athletic, handsome, and intelligent. However, he lived in fear of an older brother who taunted and belittled him; and in college, his roommates teased and humiliated him, further damaging what sense of self-esteem he still carried with him. As he shares these experiences, Fitzpatrick also recounts the lessons learned from the broken people he encountered during his journey—knowledge that led to his own emotional resurrection.
Sharp also demonstrates the awakening of a writer's instinctive voice. With prose that is tough and gritty, profound and insightful, Fitzpatrick takes us inside his head while he manically cuts himself, but these episodes are presented with a dignity and insight that has never been seen before. His writing also possesses a lightness of touch that brings humor to a subject that doesn't naturally provide it.
Above all else, Sharp is a tale of hope, a soul-baring quest of a lost man who returns to himself, overcomes his demons, and reclaims his life. It is destined to become a classic memoir.
Very interesting. Helped me understand mental issues a lot betterPublished 12 months ago by carolyn
Amazon lists this as "new" but it has sticker marks and lines written on it!! Very not happy with this product.Published 21 months ago by Amy
Sharp is David Fitzpatrick’s story of mental illness and self-mutilation. At a young age, he began experiencing signs of depression and severe mental illness,... Read more
David's memoir rings true. Offers insight into living with mental illness that is spot on. a fantastic book for those interested in mental illness or a touching true story.Published 21 months ago by Michael Hoyt
The author is brutally honest and spares nothing. Educated me on why people cut, as I never understood before. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jenny H. Law
I appreciate the author's honesty but the book was a little a
too melodramatic. I also felt like a lot of unwarranted blame was put onto his college roommates for his actions. Read more
Intense read, not for the light hearted, those who hate blood, needles or depressing stories. Good insight into how bullying at any age can really affect others and it should not... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by nicki kalokerinos
Many times I wanted to put this book down and not finish it. Why? Because, I suppose, it rings so true for everyone that we all, at times in our lives, feel the self loathing David... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Donna Harper