So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

So Sad Today

Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months. So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following. In So Sad Today, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love low self-esteem,...

Details So Sad Today

TitleSo Sad Today
Release DateMar 15th, 2016
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Health, Mental Health, Short Stories

Reviews So Sad Today

  • Nat
    This book started out with something that’s been on my mind for months now, and I was so relieved to see someone else share the same belief: “Bringing a child into the world without its consent seems unethical.”While reading this book I discovered that there's simply no subject that Broder is afraid to write about, and no shortage of readers who can relate.So sad today? Many are. Melissa Broder is too. How and why did she get to be so sad? ...
  • Thomas
    I want to have actual sex with this book. I just love it so much. Melissa Broder elevates vulnerability to another level: she writes about her vomit fetish, getting high off of people, her anxiety and depression, and more. This essay collection captures what I appreciate most about creative nonfiction - through exposing her deepest and darkest doubts and dismays with unrelenting self-absorption and style, Broder highlights that it is okay to be h...
  • Kelli
    I need to review this book so I can stop thinking about it. Initially I thought the author was very young but the more I read, the more I think she might be closer to my age. Maybe I'm old, a prude, a stuffy New Englander but to me these essays do not "...reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now." -Roxane Gay, as printed on the cover. I understand that we live in a world where everything is fair game for publication on soc...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Vain. Self-absorbed. Vulgar. Poetic. Beautiful. Brave.I was supposed to read other things for work this weekend, but I couldn't stop thinking about (and then picking back up) this little book of essays by Melissa Broder. There is a raw power to her prose, unmatched by anything I've read recently. She will infuriate and disgust you in one sentence and then lift you gracefully into the sky in the next. It's a virtuoso act of stunning confidence, es...
  • Rose
    Apparently I need to start a new shelf for 'fucking weird books'. "I had this weird intuition that if I could just make it to my Bat Mitzvah I could both prevent the Holocaust from happening again and also get all my friends back. Strangely, my intuition was right." *Long dramatic sigh* Where do I start? At the part where I bought this book because I see it at The Strand everyday? Or the part where I fell asleep 70% of the way in?So Sad Today is...
  • Michael Seidlinger
    "So Sad Today" is one big erudite tome packed full and brimming with so much insight, you could essentially cut it down, sentence-for-sentence, and use each as its own tweet and they'd all trend. Every single one would trend. Not even one would be lost to the void.
  • Kevin
    This is a dazzling example of how to get DEEP into your personal muck while writing an essay in today's social media-saturated world. It's simply shocking at times how nakedly honest Broder is. A couple of essays in particular (Love Like You Are Trying to Fill an Insatiable Spiritual Hole... & I Told You Not to Get the Knish) are almost painful to read for all their beauty, truth, and candor. If you just flipped through the book and felt turned o...
  • Wendy Ortiz
    1000 stars. I love Melissa Broder's brain even if/when she doesn't.
  • Ylenia
    UPDATE after re-read: I kept thinking about this book so I had to re-read a couple of essays from it. I went into this especially for the one about open marriage.I have to say I really, really loved her writing and Melissa Broder as a human being in general, and knowing what I was getting into made it 10 times more enjoyable this time around.////////////////////////////- 3.5 stars -It's been a week after I've finished this book and I still don't...
  • Vincent Scarpa
    I think I went into this book with sized-to-scale expectations. I'd read a collection of Broder's poetry—Meat Heart—and didn't really care for it, but I found her tweets from the So Sad Today account wickedly funny. And so I thought, what the hell, why not give this essay collection a go. And I'm so, so glad I did, as it far exceeded my expectations and made me rethink why I'd set the bar where I had in the first place. Because the thing is t...