The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon

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I don’t want to get out of bed.I’m so stupid.I did so many things wrong.I don’t know what to do.I’m going to be in so much trouble.What am I going to do?I’m completely screwed.In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match. He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he’d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.In the tradition of Running with Scissors and Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journals is a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery.

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About Brent Runyon

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Brent Runyon is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life, where portions of this story first appeared. The author lives on Cape Cod, MA.From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 11, 2005 by Vintage. 386 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This true story of a 14-year-old boy who tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire certainly has the power to grab the attention of many young readers, despite its length.

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Despite its dark subject matter, this powerful chronicle of Brent's journey to heal expresses hope, celebrates life and provides an opportunity to slip inside the skin of a survivor with a unique perspective.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

And if this second element - a fourteen-year-old boy who sets himself on fire in a suicide attempt - doesn't set your eyes dancing in a water ballet of tears, then the sheer, stripped-down elegiac-like prose this twenty-four-year old reveals should leave you speechless...

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