Release Date: August 25th 2015.
Publisher: Hachette Australia.
Source: Free @ Hachette’s Blogger night 🙂
Challenge: Australia Women Writers Challenge.
Most of the time we don’t notice the darkness… not until we’re in the thick of it. It was like that for Sophie Hardcastle, as the joy she’d always known disappeared. She was constantly tired, with no energy, no motivation and no sense of enjoyment for anything. Her hours became empty. And then, the month before she turned seventeen, that emptiness filled with an intense, unbearable sadness that made her scream and tear her skin.
In this brave, bold and beautifully told memoir, Sophie lays bare her story of mental illness – of a teenage girl using drugs, alcohol and sex in an attempt to fix herself; of her family’s anguish and her loss of self. It is a courageous and hopeful story of adaptation, learning to accept and of ultimately realising that no matter how deep you have sunk, the surface is always within reach.
Running Like China is a stunning memoir of Sophie Hardcastle’s fight with bi-polar. It starts for her at 16, and as it begins, she has no idea what is happening to her. Nothing feels good, darkness is rolling in, and it feels like her skin in shrinking. She doesn’t know how to explain it to others because she doesn’t know how to explain it to herself. Depression takes hold and Sophie uses drugs, alcohol and self-harm to make herself feel better.
Sophie has opened herself right up and laid herself bare in this captivating recount. She doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of her illness, wanting to help others in the same situation, and to also help the families of those going through the same thing.
Mental illness is a disease, yet because it is a disease of the mind, it’s hard for people to see it for what it really is. As someone who struggles with anxiety, there were parts of this book I could really relate to – I know what it’s like to feel like your skin is shrinking, like you don’t fit in it. I also have family members who struggle with mental illness, and it was nice to see an inside view of what they could be going through.
This is a book that needs to be read, and not only by those going through something similar, or have family members going through something similar. Mental Illness affects so many of us, and we need to break the stigma attached to it and we should all do what we can to try and better understand it.
Running Like China was heart-breaking, heart-wrenching and raw. It is a beautiful glimpse into the mind of a girl whose life has been interrupted by madness. A girl who fought, and still fights, a disease determined to take her. It is a book not to be missed. I highly recommend it.
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