Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)
Kristen Anderson was only 17 when she decided that life was no longer worth living. Raped by an acquaintance, Kristen tried to push the assault to the back of her mind and pretend that it did not happen. However, the secret weighed down on her more than she realized or cared to acknowledge: her grades were suffering, she was constantly partying and drinking, and her relationship with her parents was going down the drain. Her father was going through bouts of depression himself, and Kristen’s acting out was even more difficult for her parents to accept given the situation
Feeling hopeless and lost, and not wanting to face her parents at home, Kristen found herself at a nearby railroad. Before she could consciously acknowledge it, she was lying down on the tracks and being swept up by the oncoming train. The next thing she knew, she was crawling out from underneath the train, with her legs severed below the knee and lying some feet away from her.
Life, In Spite of Me is Kristen’s reflection on her suicide attempt and the forces that made her survival possible: her parents, friends and most importantly, her new found belief in Jesus Christ. Her account is brief and to the point, starting with the accident, going back to explain the reasons behind her state of mind, and finishing with her road to recovery. Throughout the book, Kristen includes notes addressed to the reader who may be experiencing the same feelings she did or going through a tough time. The notes are a showcase of her religious views and her strong belief that God kept her alive for a reason.
Life, In Spite of Me is a cautionary tale, but also one that many might find inspiration in. Kristen survived against all odds and her experiences just may be what someone needs to address their issues instead of considering suicide as a solution.
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