BOOK REVIEW REASONS TO STAY ALIVE BY MATT HAIG

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?

Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

‘I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.’

Right I need to find the words to express the importance of this book but in all honesty I think each reader will take away something different from it.

I have been very open and frank about my own experiences within mental illness in past and on going and have read lots of different books about it …but this beats them all .

Its concise ,frank ,honest and genuine .

I whizzed through it and it will be one I will turn to when I need it.

At the moment my family are in a bad place so again this really spoke to me .

There are quotes and words with such depth that will stay with me forever.

This is one of my favourite parts and literally made me smile both inside and out .

Id always considered myself to be a person who liked books .But there is a difference between liking books and needing them.I needed books .”

As a huge bookworm and someone who does indeed cope with many of life’s battles by escaping within the pages of a good book this section just meant so much to me .

I think everyone will find snippets or paragraphs in this book that will speak to them .

Matt needs praise, respect and thanks for writing this sincere book not only for creating a great read but for breaking taboo and speaking out .

Together stigma can be broken .

Mental illness is tough but lets give more understanding and less ignorance .

I just loved this book and have huge admiration for Matt especially for surviving and telling his story .

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