Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Different Kind of Same
by Kelly Clink

Publisher: She Writes Press

Pages: 198

Format: ARC

Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Two weeks before his college graduation, Kelley Clink s younger brother Matt hanged himself. Though he d been diagnosed as bipolar as a teenager and had attempted suicide once before, the news came as a shock and it sent Kelley into a spiral of grief and guilt. After her Matt s death, a chasm opened for Kelley between the brother she d known and the brother she d buried. She kept telling herself she couldn t understand why he d done it but the truth was, she could. Several years before he d been diagnosed with bipolar, she d been diagnosed with depression. Several years before he first attempted suicide by overdose, she had attempted suicide by overdose. She d blazed the trail he d followed. And if he couldn t make it . . . what hope was there for her? 


Kritters Thoughts:  A set of siblings that both have depression and grew up in the same home and have followed almost the same exact paths, but one sibling ends up hanging himself and the other sibling has great fear that they will end up in the same place.  

A true memoir that was completely interesting to me.  As a person who loves to read about sibling differences and similarities and reading how one sibling is completely affected by the other, I couldn't put this one down.  It was so interesting to read about the relationship between depression and grief and I loved how truthful the author was about how depression and grief fueled each other in her life.  

I had a few hard times with the lack of chronology.  I felt like the book sort of went through a timeline, but it still felt too loose for me, I would have preferred if it had a little more structure to the story.  

A hard book to read for its subject matter, but only because I felt like the author was really opening up her life and being honest about this moment in her life.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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