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Rachel Schommer Reviews: 7.1.24

This week's review was a struggle to put into words. This read really hit me in a way that I haven't experienced in a while and I don't recommend taking this one lightly.



 





THIS IS GOING TO HURT by C. Nichols


1. Take this title to heart. If you’ve ever been depressed, anxious, experienced self-hatred, re-lived/re-played the same things over and over in your head to analyze how you messed up or what you could do better, or struggled with identity – this book is truly going to hurt.


2. If you’re someone who reads the ending of a book first, I’d recommend foregoing that on this one. It’s short (56 pages); you can knock out in a single sitting and it will be much more of an experience if you don’t read the ending first.


3. I don’t really have words to explain how deeply this made me feel. The words on these pages weaseled their way into my cells and set up shop. It’s like this was written just for me; a reminder that I’m not alone. Some of the things that hit me in the feels:


        “The world had grown too large for me to handle and too small for me to catch my breath” (pg 5)

        “I came to terms with that particular insecurity just to spite you” (pg 18)

        “Reality doesn’t have to be real to exist” and “Proactive means hurting yourself before others can” (both on pg 26)


4. Most importantly, if you’re struggling, please seek help, be it with those you trust and love or professionally. It is okay to not be okay, and there is help available.



Highly Recommend if you're in a mental space that will allow. 4.5 Stars.

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