Amanda has certainly led a full and varied life and there were many parts of this memoir which I could resonate with, drawing parallels with my own life experiences. There were other instances which simply intrigued and fascinated me and frankly left me in awe.
The underlying purpose of this memoir is to raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder, what it means, how it affects sufferers’ lives (and those around them), and what treatments are available. It follows Amanda’s very own journey from the first indications that something wasn’t quite right, to the realisation that actually there is a name for this disorder, and then her treatment and care plan following her route to recovery and finding her true self. Like any memoir, it has some very dark moments, but there are also some very positive and uplifting moments, especially when Amanda documents the changes she can see in herself during CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). This book is not only an inspirational life story it is also very educational and insightful. We can all read information on the Internet about mental health issues and treatments, but it’s a completely different thing to read the raw and honest life story of a sufferer who is baring her soul, brave enough to confront a subject which is full of stigma and often taboo. With more people like Amanda in this world willing to reveal all to those who care to listen, a greater awareness is inevitable. I salute her for her courage and determination.
Putting the mental health issues aside, this memoir is a fabulous story of relationships (both romantic and family), risk taking, ambitions, determination to succeed, and well… a woman’s journey and how to cope with and overcome life’s trials.
I found Amanda’s writing style refreshing. Most of the time it felt like she was talking to me, friend to friend. Also, drawing extracts from diaries she had kept over the years was a nice touch. She writes expressively, clearly and methodically. Very well done and highly recommended.
I am so impressed with this book that I have already downloaded her sequel, “39”, which will bring me up to date on the progress of her recovery.