Group by Christie Tate

Incredibly and shockingly honest from the first page. I read a couple pages and had to recheck that this is a memoir. I felt uncomfortable during the first 1/3 of the book. I hated that she hated herself. I hated that I related to her feelings of inadequacy.

About halfway through the book, I realized that I could see the point in a group that wasn’t secret and didn’t keep secrets. And then I saw her change and grow as a person. When Christie raged, I relived some of my own temper tantrums when I was angry at the world.

This book reinforces the ideal of growth and development as we all flail around trying to find our place in the world. We don’t need a cure, we need a witness. It’s easy to hide and hard to live under the glaring light of truth.

The past many months everyone I know has struggled due to the pandemic. Hopefully we have all grown and changed. In a year when mental health and isolation have become a growing national concern, this book shows the importance of being happy with yourself first and foremost.

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