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The Burn Journals [Hardcover]

Brent Runyon
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16 Jun 2005
Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire. In The Burn Journals, Runyon describes that devastating suicide attempt and his recovery, both physical and psychological, over the following year. He shares his story with such unflinching honesty that we understand - with a terrible clarity - what it means to want to kill yourself and how it feels to struggle back towards normality. Intense, exposed, insightful, The Burn Journals is a deeply personal story with universal reach. It is impossible to look away. Impossible to remain unmoved.


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st Edition edition (16 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718148320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718148324
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brent Runyon graduated from high school with his class. After graduating from college, Brent worked in radio and created several autobiographical pieces. His first radio piece, 'Fire and Ice Cream,' was about his trip out of the hospital with Tina, his favorite nurse. A second piece, called 'The Burn Journals,' was an early version of the opening scenes in this book. Brent's hope in writing this book was that, by setting down the thoughts and emotions of that time with total honesty and precision, he could explain - if only to himself - the hows and whys of his depression and his recovery, and finally put it to rest. Brent Runyon lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing read 3 April 2007
By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book in all aspects. It is well written, interesting and informative. It is also disturbing. To be fourteen and feel the way that Brent does must be so traumatic. It would have been interesting to read a bit from his parents but then that isn't what this book is about.

Nothing is left to the imagination; the reader knows exactly what the pain of taking a bath would feel like or the pain of being turned in bed. For me the most distressing part was actually the moment he set himself alight.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. The blurb is right and how often does that happen? The ending leaves you content but curious. I was that involved I regretted having to go to sleep but made sure I didn't put it down the next day.

Although the 'chapters' are extremely lengthy there are plenty of places to stop reading - however it's that good why would you want to!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Read 29 Jun 2009
By Barbour
Format:Paperback
This book will certainly leave you thinking about how teenagers minds think about things. I found it an amazing read and have so much respect for Brent to be able to write about the things he has written about. Brent gives an incredible insight into the rehabilitation that is required into recovering from being burnt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very difficult book to describe... an unsuccessful suicide attempt which everyone wants to know the answer to - just Why? But he doesn't seem to know himself. Medical recovery is a long, painful and difficult task and many people in the burns unit don't survive. The writing is excellent and even though I read it some time ago it really made an impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 7 Jun 2012
By Smiler
Format:Hardcover
This is the kind of book that I both loved and hated. Loved, because it is so well written and a compelling, fascinating story, especially because it's real. Hated, because some of the bits are things I didn't want to know, but because it's so gripping, I just couldn't put it down. If you're going to read it, prepare yourself for brutal honesty and a lot of learning. Thoroughly recommend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book Condition 18 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
I was a little disappointed with the quality of this book. The paper cover was a bit dented and there were marks all over. Maybe a result of the travel in the post, I dont know. But it was only cheap so I cant expect to much! Hope its a good read!
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