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I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: the South Korean hit therapy memoir recommended by BTS’s RM Hardcover – 23 Jun. 2022
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THE PHENOMENAL KOREAN BESTSELLER
TRANSLATED BY INTERNATIONAL BOOKER SHORTLISTEE ANTON HUR
PSYCHIATRIST: So how can I help you?
ME: I don't know, I'm - what's the word - depressed? Do I have to go into detail?
Baek Sehee is a successful young social media director at a publishing house when she begins seeing a psychiatrist about her - what to call it? - depression? She feels persistently low, anxious, endlessly self-doubting, but also highly judgemental of others. She hides her feelings well at work and with friends; adept at performing the calmness, even ease, her lifestyle demands. The effort is exhausting, overwhelming, and keeps her from forming deep relationships. This can't be normal.
But if she's so hopeless, why can she always summon a desire for her favourite street food, the hot, spicy rice cake, tteokbokki? Is this just what life is like?
Recording her dialogues with her psychiatrist over a 12-week period, Baek begins to disentangle the feedback loops, knee-jerk reactions and harmful behaviours that keep her locked in a cycle of self-abuse. Part memoir, part self-help book, I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki is a book to keep close and to reach for in times of darkness.
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (23 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 152665086X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1526650863
- Dimensions : 14.1 x 2.2 x 22 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I did read a lot of it thinking ‘this person is autistic. This is autism,’ and maybe this is a diagnosis not considered in Korea, but because of this and my own history with clinical depression, it made the book upsetting to read at times (in a deep, poignant way). I’ve been there, and I know what this person is going through. The fact that it’s true also made it tough, and it took me a long time to get through, despite it being so short.
So not a four star because anything was wrong (it’s truly a fantastic endeavour by the author, and deserving of all the acclaim - also because I’m aware these issues aren’t talked about so commonly in Korea), but because this book needs to hit the right person at the right time.
This book highlights mental health and provides a supportive and open conversation around different mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Whilst I struggled to identify with this book and fully engage with it, I did like that there was this recurring point about projecting our thoughts onto others and worrying about what we think other people are thinking rather than living in and enjoying the moment. As an overthinker and someone with social anxiety, this is making me do a lot of self-reflection and encourages me to question my thoughts and behaviour. In that sense, this book was a true gift and a great opportunity for me to look at social situations and interactions from another perspective.
The author is leaving herself open to her readers, shining a light on her darkest thoughts and traits and being incredibly honest about her mental health - it’s a really unique idea and one that I’m sure not many people would have the confidence and courage to tackle.
The note at the end from the unnamed psychiatrist was a wonderful addition to the book, particularly as I’d been intrigued by the psychiatrist’s involvement in the book as well as their approach to these sessions with the authors, so it was illuminating!
I received a free copy of this book. All views are my own.