Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark

Secrets for the Mad

When I feel like I'm going mad I write.A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they'd happen, the world would end.But the world didn't end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be a stronger, kinder, better human - lessons you can only learn ...

Details Secrets for the Mad

TitleSecrets for the Mad
Release DateNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherEbury Press
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Glbt

Reviews Secrets for the Mad

  • Natalie
    “When you can’t find your purpose in a day, make it to look after yourself.”I went into this book not knowing too much about the author, other than being absolutely in love with her cover of the song Novels with Rusty Clanton. I must've replayed it over a hundred times since I found it back in April. SourceI consider it to be one of my all-time favorite songs, thanks to its visceral lyrics that make my heart skip a beat without fail. So ...
  • Mel
    This was the first book I read by a YouTuber and it was definitely the last.Believe it or not I love Dodie. She's a great musician and I love her videos. So when I saw that you could request an arc from NetGalley for her book I thought why not ?The content of the book is not bad, but it's aimed at a young audience that usually doesn't read books. This is not a book for people who like books. This is a book for the teenager who never reads books a...
  • Romie
    Is there a better way to write this review than to listen to some music by Dodie herself? I don’t think so.Dodie Clark is my inspiration. I read this book I like her music and her videos, but I didn’t expect to find so much of myself in her, to be so deeply touched by her words — though I should have known because her songs alone have the power to make me laugh and sob.I didn’t know about her suffering from DPD, and I won’t say I’m gl...
  • Inge
    3.5 starsIf I had to describe Dodie, it would be utterly lovely. You watch her YouTube channel and even though she writes songs about soul-heavy and feel-heavy topics, you can't look at her cute face and hear her gorgeous voice and not smile. Even though she talks about the things that we find hard to put into words, the feeling you get from her is one of happiness. "I woke up as heavy as lead, an ocean of worry weighs me down in bed.But there's ...
  • Amy
    I really liked this book. It definitely gave me more information about Dodie as a person and that she is a really good writer.Full review to come...
  • Alice
    I've followed Dodie pretty casually, and only known of her for the past year. Though I do enjoy her songs (a lot) I'm by no means a superfan that knows every detail Dodie has ever shared online. Even though I can relate to Dodie in many ways, I'm not sure if this book is meant for me. The target audience is a good half-decade younger than I am.Unbalanced is the most appropriate word for how this book felt. The first half is quite dark and painful...
  • Mel González
    "You inspire me. You make me want to write like you. To be colourful like you. To dance and twirl and radiate like you. But. You make me want to starve, to look like you. To always look like you, and when I don't, it hurts." TW: mental illnesses (depersonalisation, eating disorders, depression), abusive relationships, self harm.*ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review*This was an incredibly deep exploration on Dodie'...
  • Grace
    “I’ve got a secret for the mad… in a little bit of time it won’t hurt so bad.” Before I was aware of this book I was aware of Dodie Clarke. How could I not be? Like most UK citizens in their early 20s, I watch a variety of ‘YouTubers’. I’ve grown up with them. The growth of YouTube sensations also has a swarm of moneymaking techniques following them them. Most notably: books. I popped into a local bookshop today and like always th...
  • Lily
    Rating: 3.5/5 stars.Trigger warnings for this book: mentions/discussions of depersonalisation, self harm, suicide and eating disorders.I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.I enjoyed this! I've been a fan of dodie and her music for a while now, and I think this book is really great and insightful if you're a fan of her.Of course the writing was beautiful (as are her songs) and I really liked getting more of an insight into Dod...
  • Ellie CJ
    20/09/2017-review to come. but I loved it.-23/09/2017Dodie Clark is a cultural phenomenon. A brilliant singer, entertainer and all around amazing person. Reading her book gives you an insight into her captivating mind, and her struggles with mental illness and growing up. From the perspective of her target audience - young girls experiencing similar issues - it's hard not to praise it.The writing style, although not amazing, is simple and easy to...
  • Caitlin
    Dodie, thank you for pouring out your soul to us. Many would say 22 is too young for a pseudo-memoir but that is what you've given us (plus!! song lyrics, and, wonderful illustrations, and photographs). Anyone that has struggled with mental illness (I do!) will appreciate this wonderful book, and so will those that don't have brains that fight them every day. There is much to be learned from reading this. I'm not even beating myself up about stay...
  • Amber
    I loved some pieces while others I liked less. Overall, a great collection even if you aren't a Dodie fan (but why wouldn't you be?) I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.
  • Abbey
    *I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*This thought provoking memoir written by one of my favourite artists. The authenticity and honesty in this book really surprised me (in a good way). There are stories of breakups and love, death, and family, mental health and sexuality, abuse, bullying, and sex-ed. It even some great recipes! It goes beyond just telling her story, it actually tells a story a...
  • alex
    a sweet, emotive collection of essays :)
  • C And
    I love dodie so much, and seeing her journey (mental health, career and so much more) develop on the other side of a screen has brought me so much joy. So when she announced this book, I couldn't wait to read everything that she has to say about the journey she's had thus far.
  • Anna
    I’m not really into the whole Youtubers writing books hype but I love Dodie so I thought I’d give this ago. In the book, Dodie writes a series of essays about a variety of topics: from mental health to personal life struggles to sex and relationships and more. Each of these pieces of writing is unique and beautifully written. Dodie is good with words and expressing her emotions and feelings through them. One of the things I love the most abou...