3 out of 4 stars
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My Name is Dad by James Frank is the story of a family impacted by suicide. Egor seemed like a happy, healthy 21-year-old. There were no signs that anything was wrong. However, on January 23, 2017, Egor hung himself in the garage of his family's home. Why? How do you move on from such a cataclysmic event?
James Frank shares with us the aftermath of this tragedy. He doesn't spare any details. Therefore, if this is something that you might be triggered by, I would recommend skipping this book. However, anyone that's lost a loved one to suicide would benefit from the wisdom of someone who has already experienced this tragedy. I highly recommend this to those that haven't been through this personally because it's eye-opening.
What I appreciated most about this book was the author's candidness. He shares his emotions, he shares the impact this had on his marriage, and he shares his search for answers. Also, it's a short book with only around 60 pages, which makes it accessible for a wide range of readers. With such an important topic — one that needs to be discussed more — it's helpful that even young adults would be able to read the book.
As far as issues, there were only a few. First, a few spots felt out of place. For example, at one point the author was discussing events four years after the suicide. With no warning, he then moved back in time to seven months after. It was jarring. Without giving anything away, I'll also just mention that there were a few topics that he could have elaborated on more fully. These, though, were few and far between, making it a minor issue.
The biggest problem, however, was the editing; there were numerous errors. These consisted of missing words, incorrect tenses, and missing spaces. Even the formatting needed work. At least in the PDF copy, a paragraph break was inserted in the middle of a sentence numerous times.
Now comes the hardest part of the review — the rating. How do you rate such an emotional story? My answer? With difficulty. Due solely to the need for more editing, I rate My Name is Dad 3 out of 4 stars. I encourage everyone to read this book, despite needing an editor. Those that are triggered by any mention of suicide, though, will need to avoid this. I hope that the book brings healing not only to the author but also to anyone going through a difficult time, whether those thinking of committing suicide or those who have lost someone to suicide.
My Name is Dad
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