In the tradition ofRunning with Scissorsand Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journalsis a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery.
"Describes a particular kind of youthful male desolation better than it has ever been described before, by anyone." --Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
I don t want to get out of bed.
I m so stupid.
I did so many things wrong.
I don t know what to do.
I m going to be in so much trouble.
What am I going to do?
I m completely screwed.
In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match.
He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities. During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.
About the Author
Brent Runyon is a writer and regular contributor to public radio programs, includingThis American Life, where portions of his award-winning memoir, The Burn Journals, first aired.BooklistpraisedThe Burn Journalsas the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge. In his novelsMaybeandSurface Tension, he retains that raw honesty. Mr. Runyon lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts."
“[The Burn Journals] describes a particular kind of youthful male desolation better than it has ever been described before, by anyone.” -Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
“A fascinating account of the mending of a body and mind, told with the simple and honest sensibility of someone too young to have endured so much.” —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
"Runyon has, perhaps, written the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes...unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge ." -Booklist (starred review)
"A taut, chilling account of the author's attempt to commit suicide...a must-read for teenagers struggling with self-doubt."-The Denver Post
“An excruciating, brilliant book...WOW.” —A.M. Homes, author of Things You Should Know