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This book was written by a young woman with bipolar disorder, who wrote poems and short stories both in her manic and depressed states. It's meant to shed some light on bipolar disorder and depression for those who don't suffer from those things, know someone who does or just want to understand what goes through the mind of someone with mental illness. It's also meant to sho This book was written by a young woman with bipolar disorder, who wrote poems and short stories both in her manic and depressed states. It's meant to shed some light on bipolar disorder and depression for those who don't suffer from those things, know someone who does or just want to understand what goes through the mind of someone with mental illness. It's also meant to show those who go through the same things that they aren't alone. And while doing all of that, it's also just a fun book to read.


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This book was written by a young woman with bipolar disorder, who wrote poems and short stories both in her manic and depressed states. It's meant to shed some light on bipolar disorder and depression for those who don't suffer from those things, know someone who does or just want to understand what goes through the mind of someone with mental illness. It's also meant to sho This book was written by a young woman with bipolar disorder, who wrote poems and short stories both in her manic and depressed states. It's meant to shed some light on bipolar disorder and depression for those who don't suffer from those things, know someone who does or just want to understand what goes through the mind of someone with mental illness. It's also meant to show those who go through the same things that they aren't alone. And while doing all of that, it's also just a fun book to read.

30 review for Poetry and Short Stories by a Bipolar Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Casey Kiser

    'How can here be here? Is there only one here? Or are there many? Am I in each here without knowing it? And If I'm not in each here, then how can I say, "I am here"? That would be nothing but a lie.' Yes that is a sample of Melissa Burke's random thoughts. This book is a wonderful mix of thoughts, stories and poetry that I feel was put together rather well. Melissa has a small llama obsession, just another reason to love her. She has a gift for storytelling. Her stories are fun and very entertain 'How can here be here? Is there only one here? Or are there many? Am I in each here without knowing it? And If I'm not in each here, then how can I say, "I am here"? That would be nothing but a lie.' Yes that is a sample of Melissa Burke's random thoughts. This book is a wonderful mix of thoughts, stories and poetry that I feel was put together rather well. Melissa has a small llama obsession, just another reason to love her. She has a gift for storytelling. Her stories are fun and very entertaining, a good contrast from her intense poetry (besides the one about llamas). 'Schizophrenic Lullaby' is nothing short of brilliant, 'Falling' is very clever and 'Burning me Away' is disturbingly honest. What makes this book great is that the tone switches back and forth from dark to light, serious to silly, to show you what it is like to be a bi-polar girl. Melissa has a lot to say because she lives through a lot every day. I'm glad she writes it down to share. I really enjoy her work. She brings so much insight to readers who may be interested in bi-polar disorder. And she tells a damn good llama story. A must read!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    NOTE: I received a copy of this book out of nothing more than the sheer kindness of the author's heart, accompanied with author's notes. Once again I find myself unable to use my typical format of Pros and Cons to review a book. But this time... that is a good thing, simply because I can find nothing bad to say about what I read within these pages. The title of the book itself is pure accuracy in describing exactly what you will find within. Melissa Burke's short stories and poetry accurately enc NOTE: I received a copy of this book out of nothing more than the sheer kindness of the author's heart, accompanied with author's notes. Once again I find myself unable to use my typical format of Pros and Cons to review a book. But this time... that is a good thing, simply because I can find nothing bad to say about what I read within these pages. The title of the book itself is pure accuracy in describing exactly what you will find within. Melissa Burke's short stories and poetry accurately encompass the definition of being bipolar, because every poem, and every story, is either an up or a down, a happy or a sad, a jubilation or a depression. You get no closer to perfection than that. While reading these poems and stories I found myself having my heart strings pulled at, as well as laughing and smiling. This book will show you, to a degree, what it is like to live the life of a bipolar girl. To Melissa, I give many thanks for the copy of the book, as well as you sharing these poems and stories with the world. It was fun to read and I am very glad I got the chance to. If you love an emotional roller coaster, poetry, short stories, and of course Llamas. You will love this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maranda Russell

    I was first drawn to this book because I come from a family where bipolar is extensive. Both my mother and sister have it and I have always tried to understand them better. I do not have bipolar, but I do have Asperger's Syndrome (a kind of high-functioning autism) which can often be misdiagnosed as bipolar. I have also noticed that in many families bipolar and Asperger's seem to run together. As I read the poems, personal essays and other writings in this book, I found myself thrown around in th I was first drawn to this book because I come from a family where bipolar is extensive. Both my mother and sister have it and I have always tried to understand them better. I do not have bipolar, but I do have Asperger's Syndrome (a kind of high-functioning autism) which can often be misdiagnosed as bipolar. I have also noticed that in many families bipolar and Asperger's seem to run together. As I read the poems, personal essays and other writings in this book, I found myself thrown around in the whirlwind that it must be to live with bipolar disorder. Many of the things Melissa wrote about reminded me of my mother and sister and things they have said, done or experienced. I truly wish that more people understood how it feels to live daily with neurological differences and/or mental disorders. I think that books like this go a long way towards educating others. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand bipolar disorder better or who simply want to see the world from a different point of view.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amberle Husbands

    Wow, what a beautiful, frightening, and captivating roller coaster! I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. These poems and short stories wrapped around my mind almost from the first page; they show wonderfully what vast room for variances there is from one mind to another in this world, and how lovely that fact is. On a technical level, I thought the pieces were well chosen and presented in the best possible order, so that midway through you find yourself at a peak, se Wow, what a beautiful, frightening, and captivating roller coaster! I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. These poems and short stories wrapped around my mind almost from the first page; they show wonderfully what vast room for variances there is from one mind to another in this world, and how lovely that fact is. On a technical level, I thought the pieces were well chosen and presented in the best possible order, so that midway through you find yourself at a peak, seeing the plunge ahead with all of its dark twists and the inevitable screeching halt at the ride's end. I also found each piece to be very well written, and -- to my surprise -- the Llama bits might be what sticks with me longest, from this book for me. I feel so lucky to have been given this clear a portrait of any other human being's mind, and the fact that it expressed itself so well and is a deep, lovely mind to begin with leaves me feeling thrilled. Beautiful work, here; this writer is going to go far.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Hall

    I bought this book because I have suffered with depression and anxiety, as did my late Mother. Not only did it give an insight into Melissa's world but it's poetry held its own irrespective of the insights it offered. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 46 next!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Baxter

    A) The genre of this book is poetry because of the poems. No awards were won for this book. The age intended for this book would be about 12 years old. I would introduce this book to woman that face bipolar or depression. B) This book was written by a young woman with a bipolar disorder, who wrote poems and short stories both in her manic and depressed states. It's meant to shed some light on the bipolar disorder and depression for those who don't suffer from those things, know someone who does o A) The genre of this book is poetry because of the poems. No awards were won for this book. The age intended for this book would be about 12 years old. I would introduce this book to woman that face bipolar or depression. B) This book was written by a young woman with a bipolar disorder, who wrote poems and short stories both in her manic and depressed states. It's meant to shed some light on the bipolar disorder and depression for those who don't suffer from those things, know someone who does or just want to understand what goes through the mind of someone with mental illness. It's also meant to show those who go through the same things that they aren't alone. C) I rated this book with four stars because of how it touched me. I don't have depression or have a bipolar disorder, but I know people who do and they suffer from it. And it sucks seeing them the way hey are because of it. This book is a good book to show young girls so they can see what disorders are out there and they aren't alone. The theme was to prove that people can have problems and need help. I think this book would appeal to young girl readers since a girl wrote the poems and stories. I also believe this would be a good book to work with children by showing them side effects, and effects of the disorders.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean Cisneros

    A great read. I have always liked short stories and have recently gotten more interested into poetry so this book was good pick for me . Overall I thought it was a great read and a honest look into the many struggles of a person that is Bipolar . I look forward to reading more from Melissa Burke .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dominique

    so....much.... rhyming

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ulla

    One of my friends has bipolar disorder and an eating disorder, and I like poetry and short stories, so I thought this might be something for me. And it was, I really enjoyed most of it. Some highlights: - Simple as That: For me the stongest part of the book, a train of thought that's not unfamiliar to me, looping mind movies. Hurting, feeling guilty and being afraid. Being afraid to hurt others, instead hurting oneself. Knowing exactly what one should do, but still somehow being paralysed. As Meli One of my friends has bipolar disorder and an eating disorder, and I like poetry and short stories, so I thought this might be something for me. And it was, I really enjoyed most of it. Some highlights: - Simple as That: For me the stongest part of the book, a train of thought that's not unfamiliar to me, looping mind movies. Hurting, feeling guilty and being afraid. Being afraid to hurt others, instead hurting oneself. Knowing exactly what one should do, but still somehow being paralysed. As Melissa puts it: "It's as simple as that. Get up, move, start again". - But it isn't easy at all when one feels depressed. Nothing is easy then, even the simplest tasks can be laden with "Angst". Of the poems I want to point out: - Untitled (4/33/08), especially the part about being buried in books with much delight. - Llamas (9/7/08): "It's 2am and I should sleep", that's me. And I really think this might be true: "it could cause fame Because the whole thing is about LLAMAS". - Oh Cheese Louise (9/10/08) is a imaginative poem with a cheese and a squirrel which rhymes. Suitable for children! - Insanity is really great stuff! it proves that there is something in the claim that genius and insanity lie close. The Short story "Mooglemuffles and Pennyweenies" is kind of a fairy tale without a fairy but with much hope. And a llama! Oh shit and the texts about being abused were very disturbing to me. I would give 4.5 stars and will certainly reread my favourite parts of this book sometimes. (I think goodreads should have a 10 point rating scale like imdb.com)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jarred

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Turner

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim Shin

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donald Kresge

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan St. John

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brook

  24. 4 out of 5

    Martin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rawoyo Abdurrouf

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Santiago

  27. 4 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Moore

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yuki Black

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