Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Publication Date: March 2015
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life, it’s a price always worth paying.
Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It’s also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more.”
“How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music.
How to feel time: write.
How to release time: breathe.”
As soon as I saw this book in the book shop I was instantly drawn to it. I had no idea whether it was a fictional book or a memoir or just a long list of reasons to stay alive. But as a depressive, I wanted to find out and I wanted to read it. I was, however, too scared to approach the book in the shop around all those people in case they judged me. So I walked away and bought something else. A little while later I started hearing more and more about this book, from the online book community, and I decided it was about time I plucked up the courage to buy it. So I did.
And boy am I glad I did.
Matt Haig explains his journey with the ‘black dog’ in such an honest, raw way. He tackles issues that not many people want to talk about, but are extremely important that we do. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I know I will never read anything quite like it ever again. It is so real and raw and beautiful. In places I found myself laughing out loud at just how real and relatable it is. Sometimes I found myself laughing until I cried.
Before reading this book I was confused about a lot of things about myself and I would often find it hard to describe my thoughts and feelings, but Matt Haig has nailed it. Matt is a brilliant writer that engages his audience due to his passion. After finishing this book I felt inspired and less lonely. This book has give me hope and helped me think a little more positively.
I think it is extremely important for everyone to read this book. Whether they have personally suffered from a mental illness, know someone who has or just needs some inspiration. There is a lot to learn from this book and everyone can benefit from it – in my opinion any way. A very well deserved 5 stars.
Thank you Matt Haig.
Side note: If you like lists, you will love this book. Soooo many lists.
About The Author:
Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in 1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His best-selling novels are translated into 28 languages.