The Burn Journals

The Burn JournalsEPUB The Burn Journals Brent Runyon BRENT RUNYON WAS 14 Years Old When He Set Himself On Fire This Is A True Story.In The Burn Journals, Runyon Describes That Devastating Suicide Attempt And His Recovery Over The Following Year He Takes Us Into The Burn Unit In A Children S Hospital And Through Painful Burn Care And Skin Grafting Procedures Then To A Rehabilitation Hospital, For Intensive Physical, Occupational, And Psychological Therapy And Then Finally Back Home, To The Frightening Prospect Of Entering High School.But Importantly, Runyon Takes Us Into His Own Mind He Shares His Thoughts And Hopes And Fears With Such Unflinching Honesty That We Understand With A Terrible Clarity What It Means To Want To Kill Yourself And How It Feels To Struggle Back Toward Normality.Intense, Exposed, Insightful, The Burn Journals Is A Deeply Personal Story With Universal Reach It Is Impossible To Look Away Impossible To Remain Unmoved.This Truly Riveting Memoir Is A Spectacular Debut For A Talented New Writer From The Hardcover Edition. I had heard nothing but good reviews of this book It s a memoir about a young boy who attempted suicide by burning and his recovery While an interesting and honest read by turns, I felt only half of the story was being told Perhaps that s all the author was dealing with at the time or at the time of the writing In either case, I felt that the emotional and psychological aspects of this journey were missing That re
I have to admit, I read this as soon as I got home took me about and hour and a bit, I think I liked it a lot It was gritty, genuine and thought provoking.I read some reviews on .com and some people were bitching about the writing style, and the fact that Brent post burns was still OMG a real person who got pissed off, disliked people and actually thought about sex and girls To me, this is stupid I mean, think of the situation You re a fourteen and a half year old male who has been in almost total isolation for months, who hasn t had any stimulation besides TV, and you re naked on a massage table A buxom 20 something year old woman is massaging you everywhere except your gentitals to stop the scar tissue hardening What straight male in that situation wouldn t be desperately trying not to get a hard on Much of Brent s frustration comes from dealing with the irritating as shit psychologists all why do you say that , how do you feel about that and making him look at inkblots he encounters, and the lack of programs for kids in his situation At the rehabilitation hospital he was grouped with brain injury and spinal injury patients, and saw only one other burns kid At the outpatient centre once he moved back home, all the others had eating disorders or drug issues.His descriptions of contact with celebrities Magic Johnson, Dennis Miller and Jay Leno paint an interesting view of what it s like to
At age fourteen Brent Runyon came home from a bad day at school, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match Immediately, he regretted his painful suicide attempt By the time help came he had already suffered second and third degree burns to 85% of his body The stuff of dark fiction No, the memoir of a young man whose story is as compelling as it is horrifying Though Brent survived, the following months were undoutbedly the most painful of his life He went through skin grafts, burn treatment, physical therapy and psychoanalysis, luckily all with his family by his side The question that everyone kept asking, and the one Brent couldn t answer was, why Why did you do this Slowly it becomes clear, that he was suffering from a terrible depression, one he could not explain to anyone, not even to himself In the afterword, the author points out that his story of depression and the slow road to recovery is one that millions of teens could also tell the only thing unique about my story is the rather unfortunate and dramatic way in which it tried to kill myself I d beg to differ his story is unique not only because of the method of attempted suicide but in the way he is able to recreate the thought processes of the teenage boy he was For example there are the words Brent says, and the words Brent thinks A world of difference lies between the two There is the Brent who wants everyone to like him, and the Brent who wants no one to look a
FIRST this book should not be placed in the Young Adult section I know that it s based on when he was a teen but it s got so much talk about sex, drugs and every other word seems like a cuss word Just doesn t seem teen appropriate for me Plus I don t think a teenager would be able to understand or connect with the book and it s subject matters.This book was very helpful on giving insight on what it s like for people who have had something happened to them or feel out of the ordinary I had a friend in high school who was in a car accident and was paralyzed from it and I thought that this had to be something similar as to how he felt when it came to seeing old friends again and starting a new life as a new person.Brent seemed a little off to me throughout the whole book Like something just wasn t
I enjoyed this book a lot, it was written as though you were inside the mind of Brent, battling these dark thoughts and trying to figure himself out The book is raw and honest, not leaving anything out It started tragically but ended beautifully I really enjoyed this book. This is a poignant memoir by a man who relates his tale of his decision to commit suicide by setting himself on fire I had high expectations for this book Prior to reading, I had the impression that this would be a seminal work for others as well as family and friends who know someone suffering from depression, low self esteem, and suicidal tendencies I thought this narrative would provide 1 personal insights as to the thoughts and motivations for the author s actions, and 2 that while actions have consequences, there are always alternatives.Unfortunately, this book falls severely short on so many levels The stream of consciousness narrative style sets an effective tempo for the memoir This format works well from the beginning of the book through the pivotal act and initial stages of his recovery The moody mind of the unstable teenage boy set a portentous tone The immediate thoughts, fears, and impressions that run like an out of control train through the author s mind during this first part of the book are heart rending As the horror of his actions set in with the author, so do they with the reader However, a stylistic shift would have served the author and the reader better in gaining insight into the latter stages of
This was raw and filled with truth I was in tears and I laughed out loud and I related this young man Please read this book. I m not a child psychologist so I don t always understand why teens gravitate towards books that are depressing, full of angst, always about incredible situations that most people don t find themselves in Perhaps they need to read a story that is worse than their own perceived drama I ve worked with teenagers long enough to know that they feel their problems are the biggest and worst of anyone they know They all worry about being popular and being picked on They all worry that their best friends the one safe person in the world doesn t like them any Even the most popular kids worry about not being popular any because they know what s down on the pecking order There have been many books about teens growing up both fiction and non fiction As long as there are teenagers rewriting the story of growing up, these books will endure As adults, most of us are probably really grateful to leave that time in our lives behind Over and over again my friends say, You couldn t pay me to be that age again, and I always agree It would be easy for me to say to the teens I know, Don t worry about this In the scheme of life this isn t important, It will pass, or You ll grow up and become an adult and you ll laugh at this But the reality is that when teens are in that moment they can t even begin to hear those words They are living the situation,
I think the authors purpose of writing this story is to help explain what stressed teens go through or how suicide can be a big deal towards teens to inform the readers about suicide awareness, or even persuade them into knowing that maybe we can do things to stop suicidal thoughts towards themselves Everyone has their own purpose of doing things And this Author chose to express is in his book The theme I got from the book when reading it was that accepting who you are is part of growing up There is always trouble in your adolescence such as liking the same person as your friend And getting in trouble at school But accepting who you are as a person falls into the decision of killing yourself Brent hated himself he didn t appreciate what he had That was why he decided to take his life Another theme I got from the book was that the body has a innate will to survive Brent made this fact about himself when he states that he had tried to take his life before as well as when he talks about turning on the shower and not knowing how it happened Through his recovery he finds this inner strength th
I m not sure what I was expecting out of this book I certainly didn t expect an adult author to write this memoir of his suicide attempt as if he were still a teenager.And by that I don t mean his thoughts and feelings at the time of the attempt and the recovery through the burn unit and therapy The mind of a teenager is a frightening thing with their selfishness and contempt for others, including family It s about how every phase of his recovery felt incomplete Even the book s ending felt rushed and incomplete The blurb mentioned his struggles to go back to high school and how he would handle going back to a school with new classmates and some old ones who would know what he had done Some of it is mentioned, but that s as far as the book went No word on how he actually handled that first year of school with his scars and the things he had to wear to minimize the scars.Ov

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  • Library Binding
  • 384 pages
  • The Burn Journals
  • Brent Runyon
  • English
  • 06 December 2019
  • 9780375926211