I recently read a book called Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. She is a Goodreads author, and if you get a chance to, definitely check out some of her work. In this book the main character has a fear of going outside, being touched, and being around people. At least that is the simplest form I can describe it to you with out sounding like a doctor. It is more than just being afraid. It is a mental illness that cripples her everyday life. She even has times when she passes out in cold sweats, and shallow breathing. I am not reviewing it right now, but definitely be on the look out for it soon. Instead, I want to talk about books making a difference by writing about what I would call taboo subjects.
I am not saying there is not a range of books about some of the hard and most difficult things in life. Look at John Greene he wrote a book about cancer, and it became a phenomenon. No, I am not saying that at all. It is my personal opinion, and it may differ from yours, that there just is not enough.
I suffer from depression, and when I read Under Rose Tainted Skies I realized that there are people who don’t understand what we may be going through. Those of us with mental illness. She lost all of her friends. I know with depression people tell you to get out of bed, to do something that makes you feel happy, to smile. If you are anything like me you paint a smile on, and when it gets too much, and you can’t hold it inside anymore they tell you that you are not your usual happy self. In reality, you are in bed because the sadness keeps you there. You can’t make yourself happy. It’s not anything you did on purpose, or that you don’t want to be happy it is just the way it is. As I like to say people will question, judge, and fear what they don’t understand.
So, what if more authors wrote books that helped educate about things like mental illnesses. What if they raised awareness about suicide? What if that one book helped save a life, or helped a person find a ray of happiness in the gloominess that surrounds them? What if a book actually made a difference?
Do you agree with me? Do you see where I am coming from? Do you have suggestions of books with similar themes? Did my post make a difference? I urge you to communicate with me in the comments. I would love to hear your insight.
-Little Read Reviewer