This is not the book of the film, the film is the film of the book (what a mouthful!) and the two could not be more unalike. The film takes a lot of liberties with this material, it kinda has to as the story in here is jumbled and personal and contains a great deal of philosophical and meditative exploration of the mental state of someone suffering from a disorder.
In that sense it’s an excellent, informative, and interesting read. The difference in social status can be a bit jarring. These girls might be wounded and suffering, but they have families who can afford the very best of care and care for those with mental health issues has always been problematic.
If you look at the amount of stigma someone like Susanna Kaysen experienced, you can then quantify (usually upwards) the amount those from a less privileged background might encounter. It’s a sobering notion, but vital. It needs to enter the human consciousness that mental health issues are normal and require only understanding and support, so that the sufferer can heal.
The rest of my review can be seen below.
You can buy this book in the UK here
And in the US here