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So Sad Today: Personal Essays Paperback – March 15, 2016
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"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
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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.
I read the sample and couldn't decide whether to purchase the book or not. I must say, I am thankful I did. The author delves into the subconscious and says things that we are only supposed to think and not say out loud. I've highlighted passages and will definitely read this book again. (I liked it so much, I even wrote this review. My 1st review ever in life. I'm 38 and read at least a book a week...but I reviewed this one...) Great Read - Thank You!!!
Top international reviews
With these essays Melissa Broder explores everything from addiction to eating disorders to ethical non-monogamy and caring for her ill husband. Broder’s humour is dark, something followers of her @sosadtoday Twitter account will be familiar with, and her writing captivating. I read So Sad Today in one sitting, underlining passages as I went.
I think is not about lacking depth because writing so casually about painful things already requires a lot of inner work, but I found it a bit depressing and just a bit too much of everything... (Please Melissa if you ever read this don't take it personal)