a book review // secrets for the mad

 

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When I feel like I’m going mad I write.

A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they’d happen, the world would end.

But the world didn’t end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be a stronger, kinder, better human—lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.

This is for the people with minds that just don’t stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand times more than the people around them.

Here are some words I wrote.

 

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Dodie Clark is a British youtube/ instagram sensation.

She rose to fame for reasons I’d rather like to- for being real and authentic, unafraid to talk about the things that make her who she is.

Her book is packed full of beautiful song lyrics, poetry, stories, childhood memories, photographs, drawings, life lessons, funny bits and pieces.

It’s rather raw, in a way. I started reading this book not knowing very much about Dodie and who she was. I mean, I’d listened to some of her music- she’s a fantastic songwriter- but that was about it. There were a lot of confessions shared in that book, and I found, well, I actually had more respect for her after knowing those things. I’m not sure why, but Dodie Clark.. that’s a person I want to be like.

Many of her pieces struck me. There was a strong focus on mental health, a topic close to my heart. I read many parts wishing I’d have come across them earlier during times of particular struggle. Themes like depression, anxiety, but also less common ones like eating disorders and depersonalisation disorder were talked about in really honest contexts.

I’d say that another reason why I love her so much is this: I struggle a lot with perfectionism. I always feel like things need to be a certain way or I get upset. But people like Dodie remind me that it’s 100% possible to be imperfect and still be great, and of course, 100% impossible to be perfect.

Reading this book, I realised that even famous-ish people are rather human, which is great news. We’re all the same. There were lots of times when I read sentences and went “you’re definitely my sort of person!”

There was certainly a lot of comfort to be found.

Dodie isn’t really a youtube personality, as per se. She’s a musician, so well, words are her thing. Even knowing this, I couldn’t believe how well written her book was. It dripped with emotion and this sort of sense of longing and nostalgia.

Going into this book, I was slightly worried that it’d be rather random and wouldn’t flow, but that wasn’t the case at all. It was cohesive but still creatively presented, each piece linking to the next, but still being a surprise.

Overall, I highly recommend this book!

I’m not usually a huge fan of Youtuber books, but this was one that I’m so glad I took a chance on. You will not disappointed, I promise!

 

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16 thoughts on “a book review // secrets for the mad

  1. Whoa I didn’t know she had a book! That’s so cool! Dodie is an amazing singer, I wish I could sing as well as her. But at the same time, don’t we all?

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  2. Im going to have to hit this book up 🙂 Lovely review. I suffer from being an extreme perfectionist too along with having an eating disorder so I’m sure this book would resonate with me.

    I’ve never heard of Dodie but I literally looked her up right now and she’s amazing haha. Best, Carly~

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    1. Aww, thank you love xx It means a lot to me. I used to have an eating disorder too.. I’m also an extreme perfectionist. Add depression into the works and it’s a bit of a storm..

      Mental health problems are hard to deal with. Dodie’s perspective is quite an interesting one though!

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