Book: Reasons to Stay Alive
Author: Matt Haig
Pages: 264 (Paperback)
Genre: Non-Fiction/ Memoir/ Self Help
Age Recommendation: 15+
Publisher: Canongate Books
“Life is hard. It may be beautiful and wonderful but it is also hard.”
After reading and loving The Humans, I knew that Reasons to Stay Alive would be worth a read. As it turns out, it’s one of the most beautiful non-fiction books that I have ever read.
Reasons to Stay Alive is an informative read for anyone who has suffered or is suffering from depression and/or anxiety or for somebody that knows someone who has suffered/ is suffering depression and/or anxiety.
Reasons to Stay Alive doesn’t sugar coat anything. It is an open, emotional exploration of living with depression and anxiety. Matt Haig has found a way to put every intense emotion into words, making you feel his struggles and his sadness but also his determination and happiness so deeply. With each short chapter, you learn how the author began to come to terms with his fears and how he used his experiences to live better, love more and feel more alive.
Every person’s experience with depression and anxiety is different but Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It starts an honest conversation about a difficult and sensitive subject and hopefully leads to some understanding. It is a powerful book full of hope and is a comforting reminder that you are never alone.