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  • By Martyn Davis
    Sep 4, 2009
    What a fantastic journey! In the last 5 days this book has taken me on a rollercoaster of a ride, I have laughed, cried, pondered, squirmed and argued with my soul. Of the numerous books i have read over the last couple of years. this one has touched me the most. Anyone who has ever felt a little different, a little odd, a little bit like they don't quite fit, in fact anyone who has ever asked themselves "why?", should read this book.
  • By dee
    Apr 13, 2008
    "Living is for when you can't get to sleep" What a mixture of a book! A novel; an information book - almost an encyclopedia; a serious look at the effects of mental health on a fella; a romantic story - not in the usual fashion though; there's poetry; pictures- well all sorts really. It's funny, especially the sea-horses; it's sad - the interaction between Sam and his brother - whew(get out the hankies) An excellent read and one that you can pick up again and again and still get more from. Dee
  • By philip roy
    Dec 31, 2007
    You can never trust the first review but, let me tell you, this book is a can't-put-down, learn-loads-from, gets-you-thinking must-read. If you don't know the author and can't beg one off him (or is it her?) then you will have to buy a copy. Not to worry, it's only cheap and you won't regret it. Sam Simkin is in trouble. He has been dumped by the love of his life and thinks this reason enough to commit suicide. What he doesn't know (well, at the beginning of the book, anyway) is that he suffers from undiagnosed depression. As he researches the things that flit above his horizon - almost anything, from the reproductive cycle of the seahorse to Robert Browning's poem Porphyria' Lover to how deaf people think and dream ... and lots lots more - he also becomes aware that he is ill and that his problems aren't necessarily his own fault. We follow Sam through his diary over the course of a year of his life. He reveals himself gradually as he socialises, works, goes to college and spends... More > time reflecting in his room. But, is the person who writes the entries the same person you would expect to see if you actually met him? Does the diarist resemble the man (Sam is 18 years old)? His writing is aimed at an inanimate journal and he swears he would never tell what he reveals to a real live human being. Obviously, he changes his mind towards the end and lets us all in on his secrets (for £7.98, anyway!). Who are his thoughts aimed at? Well, don't expect to find any miracle cures for depression if you have a teenage friend, relative, lover in the same hole as Sam. Don't think he can make them feel better. But, Sam does learn to live with his condition and has advice to give about what has helped him (as well as what he shouldn't have done if he wanted to improve his wellbeing). He is also entertaining and informative along the way (though he might also make you cry). Read Sam's journal and GROW.< Less
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B J Warrington
September 24, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.83 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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