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"At once devastating and delightful, this deeply personal collection of essays (named for Broder's popular Twitter handle) is as raw as it is funny."―Cosmopolitan

"If her Twitter account is a darkly comic 'creative way to distract myself and cope,' as [Melissa Broder] describes it, then her essays are deeper excavations of that same mind."―Elle

"Broder may be talking about things like sexts, Botox, and crushes, but these things are considered alongside contemplations about mortality, identity, and the difficulty of finding substance in a world where sometimes it's so much easier to exist behind a screen."―The Fader

"Her writing is deeply personal, sophisticated in its wit, and at the same time, devastating. SO SAD TODAY is a portrait of modern day existence told with provocative, irreverent honesty."

"If Melissa Broder weren't so fucking funny I would have wept through this entire book. Love, sex, addiction, mental illness and childhood trauma all join hands and dance in a circle, to the tune of Melissa's unmatched wit and dementedly perfect take on this terrifying orb we call home."―LennyLetter.com

"Instead of supersizing her angsty tweets, Broder presents a dizzying array of intimate dispatches and confessions...She has a near-supernatural ability to not only lay bare her darkest secrets, but to festoon those secrets with jokes, subterfuge, deep shame, bravado, and poetic turns of phrase."―New York Magazine

"It would have been easy for Broder to stay anonymous and simply publish a book of @SoSadToday's most popular tweets, but instead, she chose to challenge herself in what turned out to be a triumph of unsettlingly relatable prose."―VanityFair.com

"Under her beloved Twitter persona So Sad Today, Broder is probably the Internet's most powerful merchant of feelings."―GQ.com

"SO SAD TODAY is a desperately honest collection of essays, the kind that make you cringe as you eagerly, shamelessly consume them. Melissa Broder lays herself bare but she does so with strength, savvy, and style. Above all, these essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now."―Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist

"Melissa Broder's essays are as raw as an open vein."―Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood

"What a decadent, hilarious, important, devastating book this is. SO SAD TODAY will explode on impact in your mind."―Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie

"With irreverence and wit, Melissa Broder confronts the most hidden and grotesque parts of herself...Reading her, it seems that we're all fucked-up, but it's because of this that we connect with each other, fall in love, find contentment, and maybe even a little happiness."―Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star

"Irreverent, ballsy, impossible to put down. With courage and humor, Broder shows us that the underbelly of self-awareness is the existential sads."―Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

"From the moment I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Melissa Broder GETS IT. This book takes the side effects of mental illness and makes them funny. Anyone who is battling with depression, anxiety, existential dread/crises, or just anyone who has a brain, should read this book."―Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast

"Broder writes about the hot-pink toxins inhaled every day by girls and women...and the seemingly impossible struggle to exhale something pure, maybe even eternal...there's a bleak beauty in the way she articulates her lowest moments."

"Delightful...Broder embarks on an earnest, sophisticated inquiry into the roots and expressions of her own sadness...deeply confessional writing brings disarming humor and self-scrutiny...Broder's central insight is clear: it is ok to be sad, and our problems can't be reduced to a single diagnosis."―Publishers Weekly

"Broder employs precise and provoking language to entice readers with essays that explore the all-consuming nature of technology, romance and relationships in the modern world...offer(ing) others who may be suffering a beacon of hope that each of us is not alone. More than a collection of essays, this memoir of sorts documents anxiety, hurt, and understanding with humor and heart."―Library Journal

"Vividly rendered and outspokenly delivered essays...Sordid, compulsively readable entries that lay bare a troubled soul painstakingly on the mend."―Kirkus Reviews

"An utterly bewitching book and... a thrillingly tangible account of what it is to be a human being, right here, right now. I loved it. So many staggering-and difficult-observations. So many beautiful turns of phrase. There aren't many writers who can stare into the abyss and report back with humour, panache, and a rich, gutsy spirit. Melissa Broder can. It's a book I'm going to read again, and talk about, and pass on."―Emma Jane, author of Animals

"If symptoms could write, they would sound a lot like Melissa Broder's SO SAD TODAY. Broder's angst is existential and pathological and filled with as many holes as there are things to fill it with...An insight into the perverse persistence of hope and humanity, even in the age of clickbait and online individualism."―Dr. Nina Power, author of One-Dimensional Woman

"Naysayers may dismiss Broder's Tweets "cute," but she gets it in a way they never will. That much is clear in her prose, and never has her prose been so bold, so naked and fearless."―Examiner.com

"The essays are personal and riveting...there is profound comfort to be found in being offered a glimpse into another person's struggles with anxiety and sadness."―Largehearted Boy

"Broder's essays often left me with a sharp sense of feminine recognition. I would read her accounts of heartbreak, sexual dissatisfaction, and alienation and think, Same..."―NewYorker.com

"Broder writes with the kind of honesty that can make you cringe and laugh, and then catch your breath, brought up short by a kind of existential dread."―Salon.com

"Her writing...feels like a friend reaching out and saying 'Hey, me too.'"―I-D

"Melissa Broder is undoubtedly one of the best essay stylists at work today...Broder's writing is funny and sober, her honesty uncomfortable and comforting, and reading her book is just like getting a text from your best friend...It's easy enough to say that So Sad Today is brutally honest, but there's a real kindness to Broder's honesty, too, the intimacy with which it beckons a reader's shy and tender heart. In Broder's company, we can dare to tremble at our own depths."―Ploughshares

"Her poignant (and at times profane) writing remains a wonderful antidote to a constant stream of other people's touted successes, delivered with generosity and without any judgment. This book is full of dirty secrets, all of which are transformed into something healing when they reach the light of day...The resulting collection is both gross and gorgeous, infused with explicit sexuality (content warning) and visceral ugliness, and often offers a perfect union of the two."―The Globe and Mail

"Broder's book is a reminder of how humor can spring organically from darkness--not as a result of sadness but in spite of it--and Broder is unusually gifted at harnessing its defensive power."―Slate.com

About the Author

Melissa Broder is the author of four collections of poems, including the forthcoming LAST SEXT (Tin House, 2016). Her poems have appeared in POETRY, Guernica, and The Iowa Review, among other journals. She lives in Venice, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455562726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455562725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a fan of Melissa Broder's poetry (her book "Scarecrone" made me good-miserable for days) before I knew she was behind the So Sad Today twitter account. She has the sort of terrifying power of being able to take the intangible emotional stuff and put it into words without overworking it to the point that it becomes solely about her. Instead, it allows you to connect and feel with her. That's also been the best thing about the twitter account, and why everyone I know follows it.

So Sad Today (the book) evokes Melissa's previous work but does so with more humor and, you know, has more words. Having her fill in the gaps a little makes it easier to digest quickly so you can feel "all the feels" right away. So Sad Today's voice is friendly and very current, it's like, how you and your friends talk IRL, and that makes it feel real and personal. It's like your friend confessing a dark feeling they thought only they had and then you both realize you feel the same thing but didn't know you could talk about it.

Not to say that everything in this book is super relatable. In one essay, Melissa explains a very specific fetish and how it developed. It's not something I could relate to exactly, but the way she tells the story and expounds on it is so funny that it doesn't feel at all disturbed. Well, a little less disturbed, I guess.

While the essays are rooted in sadness and anxiety and feeling alone, the result is something that ends up connecting all (many?) of us in a positive and helpful way. It's not a "self-help" book, but it might help a little.
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I have been following the @Sosadtoday twitter account for about 3 years now. I bought this book as a fan of the account, with little knowledge of Broder's writing beyond a 140 character limit.

My completion of this book provided me a similar feeling that @Sosadtoday brought me upon my discovery of it. Melissa Broder's personal essays brought melancholy accompanied with levity. "So Sad Today" is a collection of essays that will make you feel SOMETHING, and what a wonderful thing for words stringed together to do. It addresses the not-so-easy-to-swallow parts of existence. I found myself sympathizing with her, laughing with her, or relating to her. The book is filled with dark, sad, and sometimes even uncomfortable, humor. However, each essay is delivered with candor. And that honest quality is so evident. It left me feeling as though I had connected and shared something with her.

Buy this book if you're baffled by life and life's experiences. Buy this book if you are someone who struggles with mental illness or are someone looking to learn more about mental illness. Buy this book if you are a human person with an appreciation for alternate tellings. Just, buy this book.
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How one can take a book titled, 'So Sad Today', compile them in to truthful essays that flow well, and of course, are hilariously funny in parts, painfully raw in others, it so small feat. The author makes it appear effortless.

Human & real, So Sad Today, is an authentic look at what resides under the layers of someone who is dealing with depression & anxiety. As an added bonus, I'm an LA girl... And thanks to this, I felt as though the author was speaking to me... (Is that too existential?)

I found myself laughing out loud at the commentary regarding woo-woo healing crystals/stones (done it), green juice (yep), shaman (totally), astrology (who doesn't have an astrologer?) and of course psychics (yep, I have one of those too.)

All in all, if you're sad today, many days, or enjoy honest & unflinching memoirs, So Sad Today is one I highly recommend. I've read many books in 2016, & thus far, it's easily in my top five. The blend of raw truth & brilliant storytelling is intoxicating.
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Melissa Broder has struggled with anxiety for the entirety of her life. In 2012, she opened the Twitter account @sosadtoday, which allowed her to anonymously express her angst. Surprisingly (to her, not to me), this Twitter account grew in popularity, and soon she had thousands of followers who looked to her as the voice of their feelings.

Because Broder discovered that she was not alone with her emotions, she penned So Sad Today, in which she honestly and openly wrote of her lifelong struggles with mental illness -- namely her grapples with depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Using these mental debilitations as the undercurrent for each of her essays, Broder discusses their impact on her life as she winds her way through issues that are largely universal - sex, death and love.

I first heard of this book when I was reading Meg's review of it on her blog. She wrote that she liked these essays because they opened a dialogue around mental illness -- and this appealed to me. I'm an anxious person, and since I love reading of others' experiences with anxiety, I decided to give it a read.

The first bunch of essays I didn't relate to at all -- they were sexually explicit to the point of being porn, and covered a brand of addiction, sadness, and low self-esteem that I have (thankfully) never experienced. Still, as I read them, I applauded Broder's openness. Writing is a form of therapy, and she didn't hold back.

Throughout the majority of her essays, Broder employed a self-deprecating humor. She discussed her issues in a way that was honest, but also sarcastic, poking fun at herself and her feelings throughout.

Self-deprecating humor is often utilized as a defense mechanism by those who struggle from mental illness.
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