Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 6711 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 289 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01HZZOM6U
- Publication Date : July 4, 2016
- Publisher : MmHmm Books; Second Edition (July 4, 2016)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,455 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, because as a teacher, I have students who have tried cutting as a form self-harm. I cannot wrap my head around the whys of this and I was hoping for insight. I didn't get any from this book. For the first 100 pages I just wanted to hurry up and finish the book. I was not warming up to any of Willow's friends and because I had a totally different upbringing, I could not relate to anything happening in her life. It truly was a "hippie" lifestyle, and being a conservative from the south, I was shaking my head a lot and thinking "what in the world?" What I really wanted to know about throughout the entire book was more about her relationship with her father, but I never got the full story there. If there was another book written about that, I'd read it.
This book uses the butterfly metaphor and it is broken down into 3 parts to represent the stages of a butterfly. If part 1 had not been so drawn out, I may have given the book 4 stars. Also, if I were younger, and understood what might be a typical lifestyle in Utah, I may have even given this book a 5, but as I stated I simply could not relate to the story, and I do not feel like I am any more in tune with my students who feel the need to cut themselves as I was before reading the book.
The book is written very much like a diary, and I do believe it has a message in it, which is why I did not give the book a 2. The style of writing reminded me of personal narratives written by my 8th graders, although a lot more personal. The author is very open about her feelings and I admire her for her honesty and bravery to share so much. Perhaps those who have the desire to cut or have turned to self-harm due to depression would benefit from this book. It always helps to know that you aren't alone in the world, and the author does this to herself only a few times, and thanks to counseling is able to move on with her life in a good way. There were a few great moments in the 3rd section, which was without a doubt my favorite part of the book. It has a good message, it just wasn't the message I was hoping to get out of it.
Then things switch, however, and the real story begins. As someone who struggles with depression, anxiety and a constant need to feel like I’m enough, I could relate to so much of Willow’s experience. From making choices that aren’t in your best interest to self harm (not all self harm involves physical harm), people can make decisions in the moment that they think are helping themselves but are really self destructive.
I appreciated the candor and no-nonsense way Willow’s story unfolded. It’s not asking for pity but perhaps at the same time is seeking an awareness and an understanding.
I did receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
One of my favorite quotes was, "It's easy to stay in depression because people are happy being miserable." I think nothing could be more true. Subliminally, we have a tendency to trap ourselves within the walls of our own misery and revel in that illusory state of bliss.
While the book centers on depression, drugs, and all the emotional scars attached to them, it tackles these topics in a very raw yet lighthearted kind of way. Lighthearted, because it doesn’t dwell on the ugly side but rather spins it into an engaging narrative with a touch of humor. The conversations between Will and her therapist are also very insightful and a great source of reflection for dealing with depression particularly if you're the kind to self-inflict pain. In a way, her emotional growth and journey of healing will challenge you into a moment of self-assessment that could potentially lift you up from the dark chapters of your life.