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Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality Paperback – June 8, 2010
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I think the author thinks she's arty. I found the prose overly worked in sections and fortune cookie-like in others--and I do not think this was a literary device. Or if it was, it didn't work.
Doggedly, I saw it through. It doesn't get better; it doesn't get worse.
Plus: I did find the cover art to be quite good.
--Her life account is spliced with excerpts from various sources on borderline personality disorder and personality development in general. Sometimes this can be distracting, as it pulls you out of the author's own account, but in some ways I appreciated this- there are experts on personality disorders and they have probably said it better than or more concisely than those of us who are not personality experts.
--The author utilizes a lot of figurative writing- this is a very "artful" memoir in that sense.
--Overall, this was a unique reading experience.
***Finally, there are graphic descriptions of the author's self-injurious behaviors. Anyone who has struggled/struggles with this should proceed with caution when reading this book. I believe it could be very triggering, more so than other memoirs I have read, and may not be the best reading option if you are not "in a safe place" emotionally.
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