4 out of 4 stars
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I Thought I Was Normal by R.B. Wright is a fictional novel about the life of the character only known as Bob. It shows highlights of various events that took place throughout the course of his life. It zooms in on his inability to cope with negative outcomes. This behavior continued throughout his youth and into adulthood; where he finally decided to see a psychiatrist. The book is written in the 3rd person and the story is often told through his memories.
I loved the format of the book. Each chapter spoke about a different time in Bob's life or touched on a different issue. However, I did not like the overuse of the 3rd person referencing of Bob.
Being confused and feeling hopeless and helpless can be a very deadly combination. I felt sorry for Bob because all he wanted was to find a place where he belonged and where he could be at peace. However true peace seemed to be very elusive for him. That was until he finally met Dr. Scott.
Although I was quite understanding regarding him being a little slow, I was sometimes annoyed at his overall naivete. I was even more annoyed by his insistence to dwell on all the negative points in his life. There isn't much action in the story, and most of the plot was just Bob's inner thoughts; it sometimes got a little tiresome to read.
This book brings to question the issue of mental health. There are many people who are constantly suffering and doing so in silence. Many times individuals try to reach out to others, and they don't get the help they were searching for. Sometimes you see people commit suicide and other persons are asking, 'why didn't they reach out?', maybe they did and got no help. This book has also driven home the fact that many people reach out to God when they feel they have no other choice.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was a pretty good read. I gained a different perspective and learned many things from reading this book. I would recommend this book to people who are struggling internally with past demons. Or even just people who are looking for an inspirational read. It shows that sometimes we need to learn to forgive ourselves because that is most times, the only way to move forward.
I Thought I was Normal
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