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

Reviews Secrets for the Mad

  • Evan Edinger
    Rating should be 3 just to be a 6/10
  • Nat
    “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 ...
  • 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...
  • kat
    very cute, very lovely. at the end it feels like a warm hug from dodie, and it was exactly what i wanted/needed to start off my year of reading. 😊
  • Allwynne
    A lovely written book from a simply lovely human. :)
  • 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 ...
  • Gesine
    I couldn't give it less than 5 stars. Dodie is such a lovely human and I loved how open she is in the book and how she writes about such important topics.There are also beautiful drawings, snapshots of her life and lyrics from her songs, all fitting to the chapters. I loved to listen to these songs while I was reading the book 🌻
  • Weronika Zimna
    Three sympathetic stars?This book has some really nice and touching passages, some lovely words and tips, some wonderful lyrics and stories, but it’s also a chaotic mashup of e v e r y t h i n g. It even includes recipes! It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it. I just... would happily read a collection of Dodie’s essays that would be taken care of by a careful editor. This book is a half-memoir, half self-help book. As I’ve mentioned,...
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Desiree
    I'm gonna be honest here, this wasn't... spectacular. Dodie is a beautiful writer in terms of song lyrics, she can write a stunning song for sure, but I don't think that talent necessarily translates strongly to memoir writing. It wasn't terrible, really it wasn't. I enjoyed it. I mean, it's a memoir, so it's hard to really have an opinion about people's personal experiences. This memoir had a strong focus on mental health - dark, scary, sad issu...
  • Josh BookDragon
    all i have to say is that this book is beautiful, raw, and very dodie. i just love her so much.
  • Chloe (thelastcolour)
    i have always admired dodie, i love what she stands for and the awareness she brings to mental health issues. this book was exactly what i needed to read at this present moment in my life. it made me feel less alone, less crazy and broken and i cannot thank her enough for having the courage to write such a personal book
  • Kellie
    3.5/5 stars I had no expectations whatsoever going into this book. I was simply curious, and although I'm not the biggest fan of books by YouTubers, I thought I'd give this one a shot since I love Dodie. And I did really like it. It was like reading her diary in some aspects. I liked her advice and the topics that she talked about. It was personal, and that's why I enjoyed it.
    This book is amazing, it’s so real. She writes about her live and how she learned and gives tips. Seriously this could be a live saving book because it gives so much hope. I love it. And I love honestly she writes! :)
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  • Elly
    *** I received an ARC of this book from Atria Books and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions in any way.***For complete and utter transparency: I was given this book for review, but I was planning on picking it up anyway. Dodie has been one of my favorite YouTubers for years, so I’d be lying if I said the idea of her writing a book didn’t excite me. For those of you familiar with Dodie’s ch...
  • Anita Tamm
    I finished this wonderful piece of art with tears in my eyes, my hands shaking. I love dodie so much it hurts. Appreciate what you have and that you're growing and learning, do not be scared of being afraid and honest.
  • Kirsty Potter
    Ahhh, I've not read a book in one sitting for so long and it feels so lovely and comforting. As someone who has been slightly disparaging of 'youtuber books' it's definitely a bit hypocritical of me, but I knew I was going to love this as soon as dodie announced it. I love her unique voice, her brutal honesty and her warm empathy - all of these things are prevalent in her songs, her videos, her instagram captions and now in her very own book. The...
  •  Emily
    4.75/5 starsI liked most of the stories, but there were a few that I skim read just because I got stuck on them and for some reason didn't like too much (like the chapter about alcohol or the chapter from Ben's perspective) but overall I really enjoyed reading more about her life. I definitely recommend this as a book to learn from other people's experiences. Also the aesthetic is just too good not to enjoy. Amazing illustrations and design.
  • Nicole
    IF you have the opportunity to listen to this as an audiobook - DO IT! Listening gives you everything we love from dodie and makes it seem like you are listening to an extended youtube video of her singing, hanging out with friends and telling you things that have happened in her life. 100% enjoyed this creation just like I enjoy all that she makes for us online!
  • ella bianchi
    4.25 stars; TRIGGER WARNINGS: There is a handful for this book, those being: mental illnesses, including depersonalization, depression, eating disorders, minor mentions of suicide, self-harm, anxiety, and abusive relationships. I was never a HUGE fan of Dodie -- I'd watch her videos every now and then and my friend had recommended her music to me, and I added it to my playlist -- but I picked this up mainly out of pure interest in it. I was plea...
  • Dreadymorticia
    What a gem! I am impressed by all the insights this 22-year old woman is sharing with us. I personally did not come close to any of it before my thirties. I truly believe that it’s by sharing personal, authentic stories about our struggles and how we overcome/manage them that we help others come to terms with theirs and lift some of the shame around mental health.
  • 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...