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A startling autobiographical account of a young woman's battle with eating disorders that put her in and out of hospitals over a span of four years and led to her own parents fighting for the right to commit her. When her last source of support, her boyfriend, attempts suicide and ends up in a coma, she is forced to find strength from within. A courageous story about the s A startling autobiographical account of a young woman's battle with eating disorders that put her in and out of hospitals over a span of four years and led to her own parents fighting for the right to commit her. When her last source of support, her boyfriend, attempts suicide and ends up in a coma, she is forced to find strength from within. A courageous story about the strange paths we take to recovery.


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A startling autobiographical account of a young woman's battle with eating disorders that put her in and out of hospitals over a span of four years and led to her own parents fighting for the right to commit her. When her last source of support, her boyfriend, attempts suicide and ends up in a coma, she is forced to find strength from within. A courageous story about the s A startling autobiographical account of a young woman's battle with eating disorders that put her in and out of hospitals over a span of four years and led to her own parents fighting for the right to commit her. When her last source of support, her boyfriend, attempts suicide and ends up in a coma, she is forced to find strength from within. A courageous story about the strange paths we take to recovery.

30 review for You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamey

    I have no words. I feel so bad that this is true and it wasn't till I was on page 80 when I relies that this is the author's own story. I wish I would have caught it early, but I didn't even when it said memoir on the back. I am also very appalled of the events that accrued in this book. I had no idea that one can go through so much hurt in their lifetime. I wonder what it was like to remember your emotions and write what you felt at those times. I think that this book would be better also if I I have no words. I feel so bad that this is true and it wasn't till I was on page 80 when I relies that this is the author's own story. I wish I would have caught it early, but I didn't even when it said memoir on the back. I am also very appalled of the events that accrued in this book. I had no idea that one can go through so much hurt in their lifetime. I wonder what it was like to remember your emotions and write what you felt at those times. I think that this book would be better also if I could understand it more. I got the gist, but if feels as if I am missing something important. To me it was a bit harder then I thought, but hey if you like poetry and true heart felt stories then maybe this book is the right book for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gracie B

    I read this all in one day. This book was very deep and amazing, but however did have sensitive topics. This book made me cry. All I have to say is that this girl has been through a lot. I picked this book up because Kate was reading this in our biography unit. Thank you Kate for the recommendation. Kate however did bring up that the book sometimes does get confusing and jumps around to years later and goes back to the past.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    This is actually a book of poetry -- although the poems all fit together to tell one larger story. They're brutal, beautiful, stark, funny, and very very sad. Definitely worth reading -- it's one I always recommended to my female students, and they were always moved by it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I thought it was a really good book. I was kinda confused at first but then when i got into the book it wasn't as confusing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    Kerima McLucas Poetry/ Poetic memoir You Remind Me of You is written by Eireann Corrigan, a bulimic teenager who nears death more than once in this poetic memoir. She describes her life, the difficulty of her eating disorder, her relationship with friends and the love of her life. Eireann remembers the tough love her boyfriend tried in order to force her to learn to eat again. She also speaks of the loss of a friend, another anorexia patient who quickly loses her battle to live. Eireann never real Kerima McLucas Poetry/ Poetic memoir You Remind Me of You is written by Eireann Corrigan, a bulimic teenager who nears death more than once in this poetic memoir. She describes her life, the difficulty of her eating disorder, her relationship with friends and the love of her life. Eireann remembers the tough love her boyfriend tried in order to force her to learn to eat again. She also speaks of the loss of a friend, another anorexia patient who quickly loses her battle to live. Eireann never realized her boyfriend suffered from depression and unbalanced thoughts until his attempted suicide; the love she counted on for support and love suddenly needed her more than she needed him. This memoir takes the reader through difficult stages while she struggles for recovery. Eireann Corrigan has captured the pain and suffering of living with an eating disorder. She describes feelings and thoughts of loving a person that attempts suicide and the problems that pushed him to that decision. Corrigan is able to use beautiful, yet realistic descriptions throughout the book. She experiences happiness, love, loss, pain and more on her journey to recovery. It is a novel that is fit to cherish for most young adult readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Cole

    When your best friend tells you this is her favorite book, you drop everything else to read it. This was heartbreaking and so beautifully written. My best friend warned me it would be triggering - I did have to stop at multiple pages to take a break and regroup, but it was worth every word. As someone who has suffered from disordered eating for 9 years, I found this memoir to be honest and powerful. Memoirs or novels on eating disorders are difficult, because you never want them to become how-to When your best friend tells you this is her favorite book, you drop everything else to read it. This was heartbreaking and so beautifully written. My best friend warned me it would be triggering - I did have to stop at multiple pages to take a break and regroup, but it was worth every word. As someone who has suffered from disordered eating for 9 years, I found this memoir to be honest and powerful. Memoirs or novels on eating disorders are difficult, because you never want them to become how-to's for readers, but for me, I really appreciated having a true, honest look into the life of this author. I think this memoir would do more good than harm, and I think it's important for deep, dark books about eating disorders to exist so the people living with one can feel less alone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate S.

    Beautiful! Absolutely amazing it was so hard to believe that this is a true story. It was so detailed and there was so much happening to the main character that it was almost like it was made up. I have to say that I have never cried while reading a book until this one. I'm still in shock that this could happen to an actual person. This is our society! I learned what it was like to actually struggle. He pain throughout the story was so realistic it was like I could feel it. And the way she loved Beautiful! Absolutely amazing it was so hard to believe that this is a true story. It was so detailed and there was so much happening to the main character that it was almost like it was made up. I have to say that I have never cried while reading a book until this one. I'm still in shock that this could happen to an actual person. This is our society! I learned what it was like to actually struggle. He pain throughout the story was so realistic it was like I could feel it. And the way she loved Danny was something from the Notebook I swear! I now understand the struggle of an eating disorder and being alone. I absolutely love this book! Thank you so much, Eireann Corrigan for sharing this life-changing story!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachie

    This is literally one of the best books i've ever read. I don't think i've ever been so close to an author before. she writes beautifully and honestly. No one has ever come so close to putting love on paper. Corrigan has hit the nail on the head. I wish she wrote more. Eireann your amazing! her story should be shared with everyone everywhere.

  9. 5 out of 5

    N_maryellen Rosenblum

    This book is a poetic memoir of a young girl through her high school years and beyond. We find her struggling with many of the problems adolescents face during these difficult years. In addition our young writer is slowly starving herself to death in an attempt to become the perfect girl she imagines the object of her affection desires her to be. Daniel, the object of her affection, is struggling with his own demons, drugs, manic swings, and self-isolation. The two are bound by a strange interde This book is a poetic memoir of a young girl through her high school years and beyond. We find her struggling with many of the problems adolescents face during these difficult years. In addition our young writer is slowly starving herself to death in an attempt to become the perfect girl she imagines the object of her affection desires her to be. Daniel, the object of her affection, is struggling with his own demons, drugs, manic swings, and self-isolation. The two are bound by a strange interdependent relationship that allows each to spiral further into despair and obsession. The author describes her self-destructive behavior in excruciating detail as she is hospitalized time and again as her family desperately tries to keep her alive. We get to see inside the writer's mind as she searches her own need for self-starvation, and her need to be taken care of by Daniel and by everyone around her. Daniel's journey of self-destruction is less documented however we are told right at the start that he has attempted to end his life with a gun and has not succeeded. We find our emaciated author by his bedside attempting to coax him back into living. The verses are disturbing however they do seem very in touch with what many teenagers feel during these troublesome years. Love, obsession, isolation and self-destruction are the common themes running through the somewhat disjointed verses as we flip back and forth between the present and the past. This memoir would be very useful in a high-school classroom, however there are several situations and topics covered which may be deemed inappropriate for students. I would imagine this book would be challenged by parents for a variety of reasons, however it accurately conveys feelings and emotions in their rawest form. There is no holding back or sugarcoating the realizations the author comes to looking at herself both past and present. The book would lead to many discussions and could also serve as a mentor text for students writing free verse or perhaps even jounaling their daily challenges.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liralen

    I may have to revise my less-than-flattering view of books done in verse. I'd had this one on my to-read list for a while, but had put it off because...well, I've read some verse novels done exceptionally well (Ellen Hopkins, anyone?) and some done...less well...and overall find them more miss than hit. But Corrigan had an essay in Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (actually, Ellen Hopkins also had a story in verse in that book...), and when I closed the back cover of that book I turned straight t I may have to revise my less-than-flattering view of books done in verse. I'd had this one on my to-read list for a while, but had put it off because...well, I've read some verse novels done exceptionally well (Ellen Hopkins, anyone?) and some done...less well...and overall find them more miss than hit. But Corrigan had an essay in Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (actually, Ellen Hopkins also had a story in verse in that book...), and when I closed the back cover of that book I turned straight to the computer to put Corrigan's memoir on hold at the library. Now, none of this is to say that the book is perfect. I can't judge it from a poetry perspective, because, well, I am not a good judge of whether poetry is good or not. But I do think that the framing sometimes made it difficult to place the author in time and space, separated her a little from what was going on in her life. The style isn't particularly spare, and there are some really beautiful lines (116: "People also use the word recovery to describe/gathering the shards of the broken./Divers swimming circles around the shipwreck and taking./Meaning: to salvage.") -- it was just hard in places to understand what was going through her mind. I have no great insights into this book, but it's one that I expect to end up in possession sooner or later.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe Paris

    Erianne Corrigan, despite the serious tone of this book, has a great senseof humor. The author profile in her first book (this one) says she hopes to marry Bob Dylan someday. Her second book's profile says, "Since I haven't heard back from Bob Dylan..." I like that the author maintains a sense of humor and hopeful happiness despite the tragic struggles of her life. This memoir is different than most YA books that are told through the genre of poetry (such as Sonya Sones's What My Mother Doesn't Erianne Corrigan, despite the serious tone of this book, has a great senseof humor. The author profile in her first book (this one) says she hopes to marry Bob Dylan someday. Her second book's profile says, "Since I haven't heard back from Bob Dylan..." I like that the author maintains a sense of humor and hopeful happiness despite the tragic struggles of her life. This memoir is different than most YA books that are told through the genre of poetry (such as Sonya Sones's What My Mother Doesn't Know, etc.) in that most books sacrifice the poetry for the bigger picture. Corrigan's poems are worthy of standing alone. They are insightful, well-crafted works that have more depth than most books told through this format. As a writer, this appealed to me. I was able to travel with her down a vulnerable, scary path of eating disorders, but also experience the transformation of that terrible part of her life to something artistic and beautiful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie H

    This book left me speechless. My teacher told me that it was the author's real life story. I started reading the book a while later and forgot all about it. Then as I was reading it, it dawned on me that it was real life. Not only real life but her life. I was taken aback while reading this because of how much she went through during her life. And the courage it took to share this with the world is inspiring. This book was a quicker but meaningful read. Although it was 128 pages, she didn't fail This book left me speechless. My teacher told me that it was the author's real life story. I started reading the book a while later and forgot all about it. Then as I was reading it, it dawned on me that it was real life. Not only real life but her life. I was taken aback while reading this because of how much she went through during her life. And the courage it took to share this with the world is inspiring. This book was a quicker but meaningful read. Although it was 128 pages, she didn't fail to move me through her writing. I enjoy reading books with raw and deeper meaning behind it. And this book accomplished just that. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading challenging events in life written through poetry.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Scott

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was one of my favorite books as a teenager, but I haven't read it since I was probably 17 or 18. I still find it shockingly and painfully beautiful, and still just as uncomfortable to read. edit - Feb 2018 reread All the old spots hit me just as hard, but there's a maturity that I've uncovered, maybe an awareness, a sense of purposeful risk that didn't strike me before. This was the first time I wasn't sorry that they don't end up together.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is the most heartbreaking, frustrating example of a co-dependent destructive relationship, and the lengths that people will go to in order to shape themselves into what they think another wants them to be.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    This Push series for teens is generally very good. This one is a poetry memoir of a girl who suffers from bulimia and tries to commit suicide.

  16. 4 out of 5

    the lady e

    I was obsessed with this book in high school. Not really sure why. I guess we all go through a phase where we love tragic stories of young women.

  17. 4 out of 5

    erica

    Absolutely beautiful. Some of the poetry was so intimate that I couldn't help blushing while reading it. This book reminded me a bit of me and my boyfriend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dannielle Danni

    I read this book in middle school (Which was years ago) and Still sometimes I like to go back and read pages of it. Something about this book that's unforgettable

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Cohen

    my absolutely favorite book of all time. it is heattbreakingly beautiful. read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex Black

    I read this book as a teenager and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure how I found it or why I picked it up (neither poetry nor memoirs were really my thing when I was young), but I did and I loved it. Somewhere along the way I lost my copy so I haven't been able to reread this book in years, but I've kept thinking about it. I finally got a new copy yesterday and read it all in one sitting, and it was just as wonderful and emotionally powerful as I remember. "I was my father's littlest girl, his hell I read this book as a teenager and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure how I found it or why I picked it up (neither poetry nor memoirs were really my thing when I was young), but I did and I loved it. Somewhere along the way I lost my copy so I haven't been able to reread this book in years, but I've kept thinking about it. I finally got a new copy yesterday and read it all in one sitting, and it was just as wonderful and emotionally powerful as I remember. "I was my father's littlest girl, his hell on wheels, running away from him each morning, just ahead of his headlights, around and around the block." The imagery in this book is so evocative. I included that quote because it was the first that stood out to me, the first that I wrote down, but I'm not even sure it was my favorite line. It was just one of many wonderful lines. And those wonderful lines made wonderful poems. Corrigan ties the literal and figurative together so well. I almost don't want to talk about this because anything I say can't possibly measure up to what her writing does. It hits me so hard that I have to take breaks. It's not always healthy because it's real, and real life isn't always healthy. It's just a stunning look into mental health and the minds of teenagers, and her own struggles when she was young. I'd highly recommend this if you're interested in a YA book that deals with some very heavy subjects. I've not read many that tackled eating disorders as well (although obviously trigger warnings because this book is incredibly graphic). Now that I have my own copy again, I'll be picking this book up frequently to return to specific poems and read snippets. I loved it, maybe even more than when I was young.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elias

    In the poetry memoir “you remind me of you”, Eireann Corrigan was in and out of hospital facilities for three years due to eating disorders. Eireann was in high school when she wanted to be skinnier. Eireann was not necessarily bullied for her weight but the surroundings she was in had something to do with it. When she was at the age of 16 she had a sudden desire to lose weight, because she believed that others considered her over weight. At first she started a light diet and her peers seemed to In the poetry memoir “you remind me of you”, Eireann Corrigan was in and out of hospital facilities for three years due to eating disorders. Eireann was in high school when she wanted to be skinnier. Eireann was not necessarily bullied for her weight but the surroundings she was in had something to do with it. When she was at the age of 16 she had a sudden desire to lose weight, because she believed that others considered her over weight. At first she started a light diet and her peers seemed to approve of this weight loss. Later on she only ate the minimum of what she got and if she was forced to eat more at the dinner table she would go to her bedroom and throw up in a bag. At points she could feel the spaces between her ribs but she still kept throwing up after dinner. She was clearly anorexic and later on admitted to the hospital. The nurses weighed her each morning and encouraged her to gain more weight. At times she got out of the facility and went back to school but her decease was still messing with her head. Her boyfriend attempting suicide did obviously not help. He was in a different hospital at intensive care because he shot him self between the eyes. The memoir goes threw the strange paths to recovery and the events the occur in Eireanns life while she was dealing with an eating disorder. This memoir is written in poetry form which in my opinion sometimes can be very hard to understand. The Author (Eireann Corrigan) grabs the reader and really takes the reader threw the story with a variety of different types of vignettes. It could be a diary entry at some points in the book, and other times, it could be the hospital nurses asking her questions about her eating disorder, or it could also just be normal paragraphs where the author tells the reader about thoughts and events. I think the theme is thoughts, and emotions that you have while you are recovering from a serious eating disorder. I would recommend this book to other readers, and especially if you are fond of literature written in poetry form. In my opinion the book was interesting but at times hard to understand. There is a variety of very nice poetry entries which describe many events in an emotional way. I would also recommend this book because of how the author describes the interesting and frightening ways anorexia gets to your mind and how you struggle when recovering.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I haven't read very many memoirs, but I definitely feel that this story, and the telling of it, was more powerful because it was true. Had this been an attempt at fiction, I would have probably rated it a 3. The story didn't always flow very well. There were times when I was unsure of the chronology of the story and I was left at the end with questions I was unsure had been answered. Knowing that this is how that author felt most comfortable sharing this intensly personal story of her life made I haven't read very many memoirs, but I definitely feel that this story, and the telling of it, was more powerful because it was true. Had this been an attempt at fiction, I would have probably rated it a 3. The story didn't always flow very well. There were times when I was unsure of the chronology of the story and I was left at the end with questions I was unsure had been answered. Knowing that this is how that author felt most comfortable sharing this intensly personal story of her life made it more meaningful than if the author had written these poems to tell a fictitious story. Individually, these poems had a strong impact on me emotionally. I really felt like I was suffering right there with Eireann at times throughout her struggle with her eating disorder and the traumas of her high school experience, which is pretty impressive considering the fact that none of my personal experiences in high school resemble any of hers at all. For me to relate so strongly and feel the emotions of this character so deeply is a real tribute to the author. I can't blame her for telling her personal story in a way I would have changed, because the story is not mine to tell. I don't really have any other memoirs to compare this to, so I don't know if I will often react this way, but I feel like she is allowed to do things a little differently, and get away with a little more than I would normally give an author because this IS her story, and really, who am I to tell her she told it wrong?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emilie W

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A heartbreaking poetry memoir full of clever titles. As just a high school teenager, Eireann's life spirals beyond her control. She struggles with her complicated relationship and her eating disorders. It's not until her high school boyfriend's attempted suicide that Eireann motivates herself towards recovery. Her voice speaks through second person verse, therapy interviews, and sometimes first-person narrative. It's a book that's packed with emotionally charged events for more mature readers, p A heartbreaking poetry memoir full of clever titles. As just a high school teenager, Eireann's life spirals beyond her control. She struggles with her complicated relationship and her eating disorders. It's not until her high school boyfriend's attempted suicide that Eireann motivates herself towards recovery. Her voice speaks through second person verse, therapy interviews, and sometimes first-person narrative. It's a book that's packed with emotionally charged events for more mature readers, preferably high school and above, but a good read nonetheless. Key issues: self criticism, perfectionistic through control and competitiveness, driven to succeed, self display Eireann: a unrealistic judge of what she should be, she struggles through much of her and Daniel's pain before discovering recovery Daniel: protective friend and supporter of Eireann but dealing internally with troubles of his own Other interesting information: "You'll realize you can steal your body like a slow pass, sucking on single grains of white rice, whole coffee beans and besides two fingers stuck down your throat can intercept anything" (4). "Once he made me tell him the worst thing that ever happened to me. I saw the leg brace and the map of surgery on his scalp. Idiot. I said, 'This is the worst thing'" (69). *The ones I consider the best are "Incentives" (70) and "Reunion" (104) both of these dealing with their recovery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janette Gaytan

    You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir by Eireann Corrigan is probably one of the best books I've read. The title was what caught my attention since it was so contradicting. When I first saw it a bunch of ideas came to my mind about what the book was probably about and I thought it was maybe a book about someone who slowly changes and the person who most appreciates, loves and cares for them just miss the old them. Well, it came out to be the book was close to what I was thinking. I really don't You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir by Eireann Corrigan is probably one of the best books I've read. The title was what caught my attention since it was so contradicting. When I first saw it a bunch of ideas came to my mind about what the book was probably about and I thought it was maybe a book about someone who slowly changes and the person who most appreciates, loves and cares for them just miss the old them. Well, it came out to be the book was close to what I was thinking. I really don't regret chosen this book. The text is just like a poem and it makes perfect sense, it slowly brings one simple poem into a poem with bigger meaning each time. The fact that the main character in this book went through all that she did and that basically "love" gave her strength to change and try to be better was so impacting. This is because often people only care about themselves, in the other hand, she changed and became a stronger person for the person she loved. The only thing I probably didn't like so much about this book was that in some parts, the topics that were being discussed made me feel a little bit uncomfortable but that's only because I've never been so open-minded in that subject but later on I got used to learning how serious a book can get. A book can take you to an adventure or down to reality and that's why this book is very good to me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nanseera

    "You Remind Me Of You" is a poetry memoir my Eireann Corrigan. When Eireann starts to become extremely insecure, things only get worse. As Eireann spirals into an eating disorder, the world becomes dull in her eyes. That summer, her boyfriend attempts suicide, only then does she begin to recover. This book is about absurd things that trigger recovery and the hope that emerges from utter despair. Eireann Corrigan is an excellent writer with a very evident voice. Her poems are written in a way that "You Remind Me Of You" is a poetry memoir my Eireann Corrigan. When Eireann starts to become extremely insecure, things only get worse. As Eireann spirals into an eating disorder, the world becomes dull in her eyes. That summer, her boyfriend attempts suicide, only then does she begin to recover. This book is about absurd things that trigger recovery and the hope that emerges from utter despair. Eireann Corrigan is an excellent writer with a very evident voice. Her poems are written in a way that is a little hard to get used to as a reader, but clearly shows what she felt were the most important events. One of the main ideas in this book is a bond that is so strong it saves, a bond that doesn't even need words, a bond between two people that keeps them both alive. I think that's a really important idea that appears throughout the book. The idea of a connection that gives life, recovery even, is extremely important. I would recommend this book to people who have been through something extremely difficult and overcome it. I would also recommend this book to teens or pre-teens, it has some really strong ideas in it that are not necessarily easy to relate to, but that conveys emotions that are amazing just to read about. I would give this book 4 stars!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nayla

    How do you review a memoir? Forget the plot twists, the memoir rang true, or rather honest. It said a lot that I believe needs to be said over and over again, but some of what is said, even taken for granted, stood out as most important to me: it's not just that the author writes relatably about heavy topics, it's that the subject matter outside of the rarer illnesses and tragedies is so universal. It's easy to get lost in othering people who have been through extreme events and conditions, to pic How do you review a memoir? Forget the plot twists, the memoir rang true, or rather honest. It said a lot that I believe needs to be said over and over again, but some of what is said, even taken for granted, stood out as most important to me: it's not just that the author writes relatably about heavy topics, it's that the subject matter outside of the rarer illnesses and tragedies is so universal. It's easy to get lost in othering people who have been through extreme events and conditions, to pick them apart looking for reasons why this happened to THEM and couldn't happen to ME, but Eireann's memoir grounds her experiences in universal drives and sentiments. While I never became anorexic or grappled with a loved one's attempted (or completed) suicide, I recognized the urge to hang on, to merge, to consume in one another, to build futures out of ashes like sandcastles that keep getting wiped out by the next wave of adolescence to young adulthood. This book won't pierce the clouds and rain illumination on why someone becomes sick, but it will help a reader see an anorexic person (or any teenage woman because, God knows, they get dehumanized as a matter of course) as human.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bacall

    with a boyfriend who is a heavy drug user and attempts suicide. Although the exercise of writing the book perhaps proved cathartic for Corrigan, the reader gleans little from the disjointed prose and partially realized anecdotes. When I first started reading it seemed as if the book might be using an interesting and seldom used technique to delve into a persistent teen issue. Unfortunately, unlike the work of Ellen Hopkins (Crank, Identical) which tackles difficult subject matter in a free flowing with a boyfriend who is a heavy drug user and attempts suicide. Although the exercise of writing the book perhaps proved cathartic for Corrigan, the reader gleans little from the disjointed prose and partially realized anecdotes. When I first started reading it seemed as if the book might be using an interesting and seldom used technique to delve into a persistent teen issue. Unfortunately, unlike the work of Ellen Hopkins (Crank, Identical) which tackles difficult subject matter in a free flowing prose format. Her writing hits quick points, is passionate and powerful. This book however reads terse, forced and unpolished. Part of the problem is that the poems jump through time one in present tense, the next several years earlier and then into the future again. This can be used successfully but in this piece feels clunky. The author does create some beautiful imagery; “In a year my entire planet will shrink to one locked hallway” and “Every time we came back to each other, his arms around me felt like the native country.” But the good moments were few and much of the text felt jostled and disjointed. I sadly give this title a thumbs down.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    An important subject delivered through poetry. The form of the poems do not change, they remain line break throughout the work. The language is easy to follow and the text is a straight forward presentation of the facts and the situations which led to trouble. The author retraces her journey of becoming a bulemic and the struggle to overcome problem. An important subject is covered while the writer is trying to fit into her adolscent world. The poems tell stories of teenage pain and recovery, no An important subject delivered through poetry. The form of the poems do not change, they remain line break throughout the work. The language is easy to follow and the text is a straight forward presentation of the facts and the situations which led to trouble. The author retraces her journey of becoming a bulemic and the struggle to overcome problem. An important subject is covered while the writer is trying to fit into her adolscent world. The poems tell stories of teenage pain and recovery, not all of the patients are successful. Much of the focus in the novel is the relationship of the author and her suicidal boyfriend. Together they try to help the other fix what is wrong. One of the most important aspects of the work is showing the uneven trajectory of recovery. Nothing is out of bounds. The work is a excellent model p.38 "Tomorrow,/ on those long sofas of group therapy, we'll both claim/ we want to die. But we'll mean: Please someone convince us/ to stick around."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I am technically giving this a 3.5 star rating, though I sincerely wished it was higher. I am not going to lie, I was disappointed with this memoir. I read it because I had read and done analysis essays on some of the poems featured and fell in love with them. Unfortunately, most of the poems are not up to snuff and the non-linear narrative makes it very hard to keep track of events in a timeline sense. I love her writing style and her use of enjambment in her poems to create meaningful pauses o I am technically giving this a 3.5 star rating, though I sincerely wished it was higher. I am not going to lie, I was disappointed with this memoir. I read it because I had read and done analysis essays on some of the poems featured and fell in love with them. Unfortunately, most of the poems are not up to snuff and the non-linear narrative makes it very hard to keep track of events in a timeline sense. I love her writing style and her use of enjambment in her poems to create meaningful pauses or move the poem along just to stop dramatically. Her simple but thoughtful language use makes this an easy read but enjoyable to analyze. I would not say this is a terrible book and her poetry style is well-worth the read, but as someone who fell in love with her work this was pretty disappointing all things considered.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber Gorog

    Brilliantly Captivating You Remind Me of You was beautifully written and very thought provoking. I had to choose a memoir to read for my summer reading assignment for AP English, and at first I was nervous about reading a memoir entirely in poetry format. I've always loved poetry but I was worried I would have a hard time deciphering what the author meant to say. Eireann Corrigan seemed to word her poems in such a way that you could always tell what she was trying to say, and she did it with such Brilliantly Captivating You Remind Me of You was beautifully written and very thought provoking. I had to choose a memoir to read for my summer reading assignment for AP English, and at first I was nervous about reading a memoir entirely in poetry format. I've always loved poetry but I was worried I would have a hard time deciphering what the author meant to say. Eireann Corrigan seemed to word her poems in such a way that you could always tell what she was trying to say, and she did it with such captivating beauty that it made the harsh, tragic events of her childhood come to life and allow you to feel exactly how she felt in that moment. I am so glad I chose this memoir and I hope more and more people have the pleasure of reading it.

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