Memoir Review: The Burn Journals

Tonight I’ll be reviewing The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon.

The Burn Journals is the true story of the author’s attempt to commit suicide by burning himself alive. Luckily he doesn’t succeed in his attempt, but the majority of the story focuses on his physical recovery, but there are of course many conversations surrounding Brent’s mental health. In the hospital, Brent and his parents meet with a psychologist on many occassions to talk about Brent’s mental health; as such, it’s a major theme in the book that is not to be overlooked. In the end, Brent’s treatment is successful and he is able to move on with his life and his recovery.

I’m giving this book 5/5 stars. It’s well-written, suspenseful, the plot line is easy to follow, and it’s also interested from a medical standpoint. Before I read this, I really didn’t know much about burns or the complex treatment for them, but after reading this book, I felt like an expert.

If you’re looking for a poignant and inspirational book about teenage struggles and triumph, this is the book for you!

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