5 stars: Articulate, insightful, fascinating account of a seminal period in the author’s life. I couldn’t put it down.
3 stars: I found this book compelling, and the writing was really good. The subject matter meant this was not always an easy read, but it was very honest, and I appreciated that. I must confess that I was not sure who the author was until I looked him up on Wikipedia, and I would be interested to read other works by him.
3 stars: This book is somewhat in the style of Girl Interrupted, but is written with a significant amount of religious idealization, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, and ruminative thought. It’s also a lens tinged grey onto the 1970s and the institutional mental health system of that time.