The Burn Journals

The Burn Journals

eBook - 2004
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Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire. In this book he describes that suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year. He takes us into the Burn Unit in a children's hospital and through painful burn care and skin-grafting procedures. Then to a rehabilitation hospital, for intensive physical, occupational, and psychological therapy. And then finally back home, to the frightening prospect of entering high school. But more importantly, Runyon takes us into his own mind. He shares his thoughts and hopes and fears 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 toward 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. This truly riveting memoir is a spectacular debut for a talented new writer.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307276957
0307276953
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc

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DanaKBurgess
Aug 14, 2015

Well written and very readable. There are lots of sex thoughts inside the mind of a 14 - 15 year old boy but, aside from that, it does bring to light the plight of a depressed teen.

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Ashmmy
Mar 06, 2013

I have not read the whole book but I have heard that it is a pretty intenese. can't wait to finish it.

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Books2Ubooktalker
Oct 24, 2012

Not for the faint of heart.

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QuinEli
Aug 31, 2011

A terribly tragic true story, The Burn Journals is beautiful in itself.

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Mar 06, 2013

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Books2Ubooktalker
Oct 24, 2012

Autobiography. Brent Runyon was 14 when he poured gasoline on his bathrobe and set himself afire. Book details the year that follows with intensive care and rehab, family therapy and eventually returning to high school. Descriptions of depressed and violent thinking that continue well past the fire.

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Books2Ubooktalker
Oct 24, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Graphic descriptions of burning and of burn treatment.

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