Genre: Non-fiction, personal essays
Publisher: Scribe Publications
For me, it was love at first sight. So Sad Today is Melissa Broder’s collection of personal essays published by Scribe. In 2012, author Melissa Broder went through a period of heightened anxiety which plagued her for months. She set up an anonymous Twitter account (@sosadtoday) to vent her frustrations and feelings, and it soon attracted a massive community of like-minded followers. Melissa’s book So Sad Today delves deeper into her inner-thoughts and feelings towards anxiety, sex, relationships, and her constant struggle to understand who she truly is.
Melissa speaks openly about her addictive personality (especially when it comes to her internet addiction), her open marriage, dealing with long-term illness, and her struggles with an eating disorder and mental health. There are quite a few confronting, potentially disturbing, topics covered in this collection – but Melissa has a unique way of talking about them with respect and a lot of humour.
If there’s one thing that particularly gripped me while reading this collection it’s the raw honesty that is so beautiful, yet pungent, about Melissa’s writing. There seems to be no topic that is off limits and it is so refreshing to read a female author speaking frankly about sex and desire.
There are parts of So Sad Today that reminded me of Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham and The First Bad Man by Miranda July, so if you’re a fan of either of those works, be sure to check this one out! Safe to say, this book has definitely been one of my absolute favourites this year.