Title: Sharp: A Memoir
Author: David Fitzpatrick
Genre/Audience: Memoir, nonfiction, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2012
Source: For review, TLC Tours
Summary: Sharp is David Fitzpatrick’s story of mental illness and self-mutilation. At a young age, he began experiencing signs of depression and severe mental illness, eventually culminating in cutting and hospitalization. Sharp tells the story of his life, including the bullying and harassment he received as a child and young adult, to the hospitalizations he experienced as a result of his illness. Frightening, disturbing, and shocking, this memoir tells the true story of one young man’s descent into near madness, and how he got out.
My Thoughts: WOW! This is my initial reaction to reading David’s story. The things he experienced, the pain and madness he endured… it was all so shocking. David is no-holds-barred in telling his story, including every disturbing and grotesque thought he had, the blood he spilled on purpose, and his uncomfortable interactions with family, peers, and therapists. It was painful to read at times, and I often found his story so disturbing and crazy that I couldn’t believe it was true, but it is! He was literally tormented by his brother as a child, then later in college tormented by his supposed friends and roommates, all which led up to a huge downward spiral. He fell deeper and deeper into depression and mental illness until he could not find his way out. He ended up in mental hospitals for many years where his progress was often stalled by his desire to cut again. The thoughts he had about himself and others were horrifying and frightening. This is disturbing stuff, people, but it’s a strong story that needed to be told. At times the story jumped around a bit too much and I found myself confused, and weird passages were randomly thrown in there, including his bizarre dreams and such, but all in all, this was a solid, strong read. While I struggled at first with the first 60 pages or so, which I found boring, after awhile I really got into it and found it hard to put down. If you’re interested in mental illness and psychology, like I am, I’d recommend you check this memoir out.
My Rating: 3.5/5