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Nonfiction November is here, and I was happy to find that Reese’s Book Club pick for this month was a nonfiction book! If I’m being completely honest, nonfiction is very hit or miss with me. Some nonfiction I love (Educated by Tara Westover) and others I did not like AT ALL (Untamed by Glennon Doyle)! But I love reading out of my comfort zone, so here goes my Group by Christie Tate book review!
Author: Christie Tate
Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death? Why was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her in spite of her achievements?
Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything—her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure, you need a witness.
So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy. Christie is initially put off by Dr. Rosen’s outlandish directives, but as her defenses break down and she comes to trust Dr. Rosen and to depend on the sessions and the prescribed nightly phone calls with various group members, she begins to understand what it means to connect.Synopsis from Goodreads
Before I start too far into my review, I just want to say that my rating of nonfiction books is in no way a rating on the author’s life and experience. Now for my thoughts:
I didn’t love this book, but I also didn’t absolutely hate it either. It’s one of those “I’m glad I read it, but it didn’t move me like I thought it would.” reads. The first few chapters were very engaging and interesting, but I felt like the pace slowed way down in the middle, and I struggled reading the last half.
Here’s what I liked about Group by Christie Tate: She overcame and allowed herself to truly connect with people with the help of her therapist and some group therapy strangers who turned into some of her closest friends. I love how she takes us on her mental health journey and her honesty was refreshing.
This book is definitely not for everyone, but if you are interested in reading more nonfiction, then you should give it a try!
Have you read Group by Christie Tate? Let me know your thoughts about this Reese’s Book Club pick in the comments!