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...
  • Maede
    من توسط صداقت بیش از حد این کتاب میخکوب شدم. صداقتی که هیچ چیز رو فیلتر نمی کرد و بعضی جاها فقط با بهت سرم رو تکون می دادم که این حجم اطلاعات شخصی رو من چجوری دارم می خونم. تمام مدت این حس رو داشتم که دفترچه خاطرات یک نفر رو دزدیدم و یواشکی دارم می خونمش....
  • Hannah
    I love the way Melissa Broder writes. There is something mesmerizing in the way she structures her sentences and her essays. I read her debut novel The Pisces earlier this year and fell so much in love that I more or less immediately went out and bought this one. And I am so very glad I did.My favourite essay in this collection is "I want to be a whole person but really thin" - it's repeating sentences and sentence structures hammered home a poin...
  • 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...
  • kat
    well, that was…something. as someone who writes personal essays similar to melissa broder’s, i gotta take a quick second to say this woman is an absolute boss. so many of her anecdotes and reflections were so so damn uncomfortable and revealing of her deepest anxieties and coping mechanisms, and i know that i would never have the ability to do the same. some of the essays i couldn’t care less about, but the ones that personally wrecked me t...
  • 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...
  • Dipali
  • xTx xTx
    A tribute to honesty and struggle wrapped in a tortilla of raw. Found a lot of 'me toos' in this
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I really appreciate how candidly Broder speaks on things like mental illness and substance abuse. At times I felt like she was in my brain. Did I need that much explicit detail about her sex life? No, but everything else about these essays made up for that. I love that she speaks both as someone struggling with MIs AND as someone who’s actively trying to get better.
  • childermass
    I was given this book through a GoodReads giveaway.I never knew of the twitter feed, but the book of essays sounded interesting. The back was about Melissa and how she struggles with panic attacks and used twitter to express her dark feelings that she probably could not share with anyone. Themes she explores are death, addiction, love, and many others, but mostly sex. Sex seemed to be more prevalent than the other themes. I felt bad for not likin...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    I’m so grateful that women like Melissa Broder exist. This deeply personal and often uncomfortable essay collection is raw and fearless, unafraid to probe the most primal depths of being human: from anxiety and depression and addiction to polyamory and vomit fetishes and the unhealthiest of coping mechanisms.Even in the times when I couldn’t relate directly to what Broder was writing about, her presence still made me feel less alone. We’re ...
  • Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
    Why I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR: My review is #ownvoices. I know what it's like to have disordered thinking and to have substance use and mental health disorders. The best thing about this book isn't just that Broder shows what having these diagnoses is like, the best thing about these essays is that Broder is able to take a step back and describe completely disordered thoughts with a lot of insight, without perpetuating harmful ideas...
  • Sofia Banzhaf
    read this yesterday in one sitting under a blanket fort with my iphone flashlight during a particularly bad 24 hours of borderline nervous breakdown and it was nice to have company. i cried my way through most of the book. melissa broder is the saviour she's been looking for.
  • Mickey
    2016-06-27 there were definitely aspects of this essay collection that I liked. I liked that Broder was willing to show us the worst of herself. She admits to horrible things she has done and thought, to sexual fetishes that are way outside of the box, and is open about the fact that she can sometimes be a really horrible shallow individual. Even when I found myself annoyed or even disgusted by her, I often was able to let that go because I admire...
  • رغْدُ العَيْش
    I've been suffering from depressive episodes for a couple of years now, I'm better now and life is easier but I still have them from time to time. I wanted to learn from other people's experiences with depression and sever sadness and I thought this book would be a good start. However, I was deceived by the title. There is no sadness in it.This's a collection of the author's badly written sexual anecdotes with a dash of anxiety mention. From the ...
  • Chelsey
    I've re-written this one line review a few times. I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. But most of what I felt is wonderfully described in my friend Brandon's review here :
  • Trin
    Wrenchingly honest in a way I only wish I could be. I found this collection extremely relatable (her anorexia was exactly like my anorexia! we feel guilt and shame about so many of the same things!) and that's always an incredibly comforting thing to discover: you are not alone.
  • Julia Petrich
    For me, this book was a minefield of exploding truths. I guess it's the sort of thing I'd write one day, if I had more focus and less fear. Quite honestly, I didn't even know you were allowed to write this kind of book.
  • Christina
    I had actually been looking forward to reading this book. And I really wanted to like it - I tried SO HARD to like it. The opening was great. It was funny and I was optimistic. But it just went downhill from there. I was actively searching for the depression aspect (outside of the whole "woe is me," spiel), but I never found it. Instead, it just sounded like some desperate-for-attention floozy, who wanted to make sure that everyone knew that she ...
  • RJ
    Definitely not a self-help book, more of a self-acceptance book -- if by self-acceptance one means exposing the darkest weirdest parts of one's self to light and being able to look at them and say "lol wtf". Recommended if you: Fall in love as a coping mechanism, try to cure despair by scrolling when scrolling was what triggered the despair, feel bad about feeling bad because what do you even have to feel bad about and then feel bad for wasting t...
  • Rachel
    Probably one of the most uncomfortable reading experiences of my life, but there's something to be said for the way Broder is able to tap into certain truths. A must-read if you have an inclination towards emotional voyeurism, and a high tolerance (maybe preference?) for weird, graphic sex.
  • alexandra
    this was so so so so good. i love essays — it's a recent discovery and one that took too long to come to light, but i love being able to identify aspects of myself in other people's experiences and sufferings. it's oddly cathartic to be so intrusive, to realise you truly aren't alone sometimes (which is something i can get SO caught up on: like everybody feels in the same way i do; they have hopes and dreams and qualms and worries and dark thou...