“I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old.”
I’ve been meaning to read The Bell Jar for years, and I’m glad I finally did. Plath’s writing is engaging and easy to read. Esther Greenwood is a likable character, and I found myself rooting for her the entire time.
I think this book will resonate with anyone who has experienced anxiety or self doubt; a lot of Esther’s thoughts really hit the nail on the head when it comes to believing we aren’t enough. (I don’t have any personal experience with depression so I don’t want to comment on that.)
I think, even given the time in which it’s set, this book tackles mental health issues pretty well.